Category Archives: Vietnam

Con Dao’s Museum

I’m not one for museums but decided to visit this one on the edge of Con Son, a ten minute walk away.

The museum was mainly about the incarceration and torture of the Vietnamese at the hands of the French colonial rulers followed by the U.S.A.’s puppet regime. I’d read a novel about a prisoner in the tiger cages but I don’t think the story was set in Vietnam. Still, I was curious to learn just what they looked like. Continue reading Con Dao’s Museum

Me, a bicycle and Ong Dung Beach

It was an uphill battle all the way to Ong Dung Beach and I ended up dismounting my bike and walking. Perhaps this was a blessing in disguise because, growing overly hot from the repressive heat, I stopped along the route under a shady patch to cool down. Continue reading Me, a bicycle and Ong Dung Beach

Hang Duong Cemetery

As I walked the tree-lined entrance to Hang Doung Cemetery, a heaviness pressed down on me. The site was lovingly maintained and the silence broken only by birds chirping, a rooster’s crow, an occasional dog barking or the wind through the trees. Continue reading Hang Duong Cemetery

Prisons of Con Son

I strolled the back streets on the first afternoon I arrived to discover this peaceful haven had a dark past. The island had been used as a prison for those who opposed French colonial rule; followed by the Vietnamese government against their own dissidents; and lastly by the U.S. Continue reading Prisons of Con Son

Vietnamese buses

I couldn’t have been more impressed with the bus I took from HCMC to Ben Tre. Can you imagine sitting on an air-conditioned bus with your feet stretched out like you would on a lounge with a footstool? As well, the bus was super clean; probably due to passengers having to remove their shoes once they stepped into the bus. There was no bellowing music coming from the television nor was the bus anywhere near full. But don’t think all buses are like that. Continue reading Vietnamese buses