I bused from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. We past rice paddy fields, coconut and banana trees and even sugar cane farms. This part of Vietnam was even flatter than the Canadian prairies. A patchwork of different shades of green was a dream after being in a big city. Continue reading Ben Tre
Where I live, there are oodles of Vietnamese restaurants. Being a lover of most Asian foods, you’d think I would have ventured into more than one or two especially since I planned to visit Vietnam. That wasn’t the case.
So before arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, I got my first introduction into its delight on the flight – lotus fruit. Continue reading Vietnamese treat
In a small but neatly maintained park stood a Ho Chi Minh statue where a hoard of Asian tourists had their cameras poised. The statue faced a wide boulevard leading to the river. Behind was the tasteful People’s Committee Building. Continue reading The man on the money
Not far from the Botanic Gardens stood the Jade Emperor Pagoda. While shaded by soaring trees at the entrance, the grounds were in need of a little TLC.
I entered to an over powering haze of incense before a multitude of statues in various rooms contained within the complex before I made my way back. Continue reading Jade Emperor Pagoda
I thought I’d take a rest from the traffic and visit the Botanic Gardens and while I found a bench where I took in the beauty of a giant African mahogany, it was hard being confronted with the zoo. Continue reading Ho Chi Minh City’s Botanic Gardens
I left five degree Vancouver and arrived in thirty degree Ho Chi Minh City to discover it’s really scooter city.
On my first day, I took a stroll to Ben Nghe River where Styrofoam undulated with water plants as boats moved upstream. Fishers lined the walkway with their rods and nets. Continue reading Scooter City