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Vietnam 2011

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So, this was way back in 2011, during Holy Week I think. Yeah, I already said the 2011 part in the title. XD

Anyway, so, before anything else, here’s some advice for you kids… and well, for pretty much everyone in general: when you get a free trip like this (my parents paid for me and my siblings, yay XD), don’t be all jaded like I was. To be fair to me, this trip was on a guided tour basis, which I don’t really appreciate, and I think the only time I really enjoyed traveling was when I was started to travel with Rae, but still. It was a free trip, and what did I do? Nothing. I did NO RESEARCH about Vietnam, and I didn’t get to taste any bahn mi or pho (I think I got to eat a bowl for lunch, but that’s it), and I didn’t know that Vietnamese coffee was the bomb. Well, I did know that in terms of fashions, the Philippines is more advanced, and that shopping there is okay, and the currency is hard to convert (like, a million Vietnamese Dong is about 2300 Philippine Pesos), but I don’t think those count. So yeah, wasted opportunity, right? Had I known, I would have actively searched for those things. I mean, my father and I were the only ones who went down to have dinner! Sheesh. I regret it to this day. Oh well, past is past. ^^;;; so yeah, don’t be like me, yes?

Aside from the time the immigration officer asked me if I needed a visa for Vietnam (you don’t; I don’t know what he was up to. Trolling me?), everything else about Vietnam is a blur. Yes, it’s sad. No, I don’t want to keep bringing it up anymore. Oh wait, I also do remember that their airport didn’t have to do so many x-ray inspections, especially for the check in baggage. Made me wish it were the same in the Philippines. Huhu.

Anyway, what you will see in this post is not really a travel blog style post; it’s more of photos of things I found interesting while we were in Vietnam for three (it was actually four or five, but the one or two extra days were either arriving or going home days, so they don’t count :P) days. Some photos have captions, so read along! Haha. XD Basically, we were in a guided tour for two days, and our third day was free. At the time, I only had two lenses with me, a 35mm and 85mm, so forgive me if some of the shots aren’t going to be as wide as you think. Heck, I was frustrated too. XD I mean, look at my cover photo! No actual representation of Vietnam anywhere… XD

Anyway…

Day 1:

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vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Vietnam is motorcycle city! This country has more motorbikes than cars.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Taxis: differently colored and designed, but in Vietnam, they still didn’t want to give us back our change. Sounds familiar? XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Orange!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

As I was saying about motorbikes…

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

A man chatting on the phone astride his bike. I envy Vietnam. If he were in the Philippines… well, you know the rest.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Crazy helmets!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Hope those flowers made it to their destination in one piece. ^^

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Vietnamese street vendor. I wonder what she was selling.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Just in case you didn’t get the message about motorbikes…

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Delivery man. I like how he’s framed by the leaves, and by greens.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Lotte. Yay.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Outside of Bình Tây Market. Locals buy here fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat and seafood from all over Vietnam.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

This is my family trying to cross. In Vietnam, motorbikes are more important than people. Huhu.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

A vegetable vendor with her goods. Love the colors.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Just grating away.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

A closer look at Vietnamese vegetables. Yay. :D

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Market scene.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Cute mask. Or whatever it is. Haha. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Spot the unique one. Hehe. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

It’s amazing how he can balance so many plastic thingies on his bike.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos

Outside Ba Thien Hau Temple… or sort of inside.

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vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

The temple is dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. Not sure if that is her, though. ^^

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I’ve always liked these doors. :D

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Cool patterns, right? Well, I did some research just now, and I discovered that they’re incense coils. xD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

A woman preparing her offering.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Offering incense

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

One of my favorites. I love the smoke effect.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

This too!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Incense sticks… I think. Haha. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Taken for no reason other than it’s cute. And I like the contrast of the fire extinguisher against the wall.

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We were taken to a store selling souvenirs/Vietnamese crafts. Loved this drawer.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Creepy. Reminds me of Orochimaru from Naruto.

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Tintin! 😀 In Vietnamese of course.

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vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Yay, cute monkeys.

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Lunch after. Just loved the effort of the bird arrangement. Forgot if these were spring rolls or dessert.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Father and son, waiting at the bus stop. Well, I think it’s a bus stop.

Day 2:

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The Independence Palace. Also known as the Unification Palace. According to Wikipedia, it was the site of the end of the Vietnam war.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Ministers’ cabinet room. I checked Wikipedia’s pic. It’s practically the same. Lolz. XD

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The Banquet Chamber in the Independence Hall. Thanks Wikipedia!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Pattern of chairs at the conference hall.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Patterns.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

More patterns!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Because the dragon is cute. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

I’d go for this decor at home. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Light play. Yay.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Really old books.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Not sure if this was the banquet hall again. Haha.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

See the helicopter?

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

I think we were in the war room area under the palace. Yay. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Ways of communicating way back when.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Oooh, typewriters!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

The Presidential bunker.

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Read the sign. Yay. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Nice contrast.

Side note, after this, we got to an area where you could see the effects of the Vietnam War, specifically the effects of the chemical Agent Orange. I didn’t take photos, out of respect for the victims there, but if you want to see what the effects of Agent Orange are on people, Google away and prepare to be horrified. Oh, and so many other things too; like it’s the first time I have actually seen a country where they display a lot of things against the United States of America. A very new experience for me. All I can say is, war is horrible, and I just really pray the whole world doesn’t go through that anymore. Moving on…

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Taking a break.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Yup, really taking a break. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

No idea what this is, but it’s cute. XD

Day 3:

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Man transporting fruit.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Street cleaner.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

On their way to church for Palm Sunday.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Wherever you go, I think you’ll never get rid of Coke, Pepsi products, and Cheetos. XD

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See what I mean? XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

I remember it was a Sunday, so I found it weird there was school for kids.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

See, school kids!

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

According to Google Translate, in English this says:
The second anniversary of participating in the annual general meeting of the delegation. Still have no idea what that means. Love the art though.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

In Vietnam, it’s still called an Innova. Also, except for the other language and the hat, this can pass for a scene in the Philippines.

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A rare cyclist among all the other motorcyclists.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Tall trees even in the city.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Not sure if this was a rescue vehicle or official vehicle, but I love the fact that there’s a hatchet strapped to the driver’s side for easy access. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Didn’t get to try this out. 🙁 Should have though, the vendor looks bored. Haha.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Didn’t get to try this either. Huhu. The sign makes the contents of the store sound yummy. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

So 3D.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

That’s a lot for Palm Sunday. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Wider view.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Statue of General Tran Nguyen Han.

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

Because orange. XD

vietnam ho chi minh city independence palace notre-dame cathedral basilica noel salazar travel photos Bình Tây Market Ba Thien Hau Temple

I end with this: because it’s cute. XD

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. Hope you enjoyed the many photos with my running commentary. And yes, I must come back soon, with Rae this time. And a better researched trip it should be this time, with better photos too. Haha. XD More travels and uploads soon. XD

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