Ho Chi Minh City May 15 to 17, 2002

I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City at 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 15. Rush hour. The haphazard hoard of trucks, motorbiks, bicycles, and a few cars pushing their was against and across each other was a shock after the 20 hour trip from San Francisco. My second thought was "I'm going to try biking in this?" My first was "it's really &*&#$ing hot here."

That night, I sent a short note describing my initial impressions of Vietnam, to a list of people who has requested updates about my trip.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is usually still called, though it officially only refers to the central district of the city) is the economic and population center of Vietnam. The city is home to roughly five million people, many of who contributed to a wonderful first impression of the city. If you ever visit, I highly recommend staying with the friendly people at Hotel 64 for your first couple of nights. They'll make you glad that you came.

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View from Hotel 64   Another view from my room   Dinner   New World Hotel  
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A Slow Street   Ben Thanh Market   Tradition and Marketing   Fine Arts Museum  
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Schoolchildren   Street Market   Hotel de Ville   Opera House  
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Uncle Ho   War Remnants Museum   More War Remnants   Post Office  
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French Cathedral   Traffic   Even more traffic   Park outside of the New World Hotel  
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Hotel 64   Imperial Park