One of the buildings that I got a chance to see while backpacking in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), the capital city of Vietnam was Saigon Opera House or Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh. The location of the opera house is not far from the backpacking street area of the city which is Pham Ngu Lao. As per description of the opera house, its design is french colonial architecture existing in Vietnam which built last 1897. Photo captured during the backpacking of the mountaineering group I am member last March 2011.
During our backpacking adventure in Vietnam, specifically in Ho Chi Mihn (old name Saigon) which is capital city of the country, our group composed of five people was looking to taste the famous Vietnam traditional food called Pho, a noodle soup which known to have variety of flavors. Not far from Pham Ngu Lao street where we found our accommodation, we found a small restaurant that offers different king of Pho menus. All of us ordered different flavors and what I tried was Pho Chicken Balls. Photo captured last March 2011 which part of my backpacking photo collection in Vietnam.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#23) : Saigon Central Post Office
One of the significant building to see while we’re strolling around the downtown of Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) was its French building Saigon Central Post Office. This building was constructed in 1892 with a neo-classical architectural style when the country was still part of French-Indochina. Photo captured last March 2011 during my backpacking adventure in Vietnam.
As part of our backpacking adventure was to walk around Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). And while walking we never expected to see the building of City Hall of Ho Chi Minh. The statue at the front is Ho Chi Minh itself who was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who become a prime minister and president in Vietnam. We were not able to come inside this beautiful city hall as it was not open for public nor for tourist. Photo captured last March 2011.
My mountaineering group sometime planned for backpacking trip in three southeast asian countries. So aside from mountaineering this group of mine looking for another adventure, and this time it’s not mountain climbing.After I got the news that backpacking activity will be pushed through, I made myself available for this activity because I knew for myself, this kind of opportunity will not be happened again or will happen again after so many years.I knew for myself that this adventure will cost me some money because the plan is to travel in three different countries: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.Below are the major cities that we had visited during this backpacking adventures.
1. Ho Chi Minh – Vietnam 2. Phnom Pehn – Cambodia 3. Siem Reap – Cambodia 4. Bangkok – Thailand
Total days we spent for this adventure were almost 9 days (from March 19 to 27) and for me, it’s not enough, there are lots to see in these countries but I also believe, that you can’t see everything in one day.In my next blogs, I will feature in details all the stuff that my group and I did for this backpacking adventure and all the places that we visited.Until then.