Was in Ho Chi Minh for my first ever assignment. Could not miss the opportunity to explore the once war torn country even if it was just the day. Made a call to a local tour operator and I was booked for an adventure.
Little did I know, the tour turned to have only me in attendance.
But took it upon me to ask the tour guide as many questions as I could because before this, the only thing I knew about Vietnam was from Full Metal Jacket.
The Independence Palace is where the Presidents of Vietnam were housed during the Vietnam War. Now mainly used as a remembrance of the war, it is also used as a tourist spot for those who come to visit. It also serves as a reminder to the Vietnamese people of what the country has gone through. Turmoil but in the end, happiness. Really loved the details that was seen in the building, the furniture, walls and even the carpets!
Will I ever be back in Vietnam? I would most definitely. Hanoi, Da Nang and Nha Trang are places where I have heard so much about.
Giving them a miss would only make me feel like an idiot.
Till the next one,