Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon

Travelling abroad without the assistance of a travel agency is easy nowadays because of the internet. When we travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, traditionally known as Saigon, our travel guide was the internet. Android Phone is a powerful tool to determine our location and direction. Although, we often took a taxi but we could easily locate ourselves because of the GPS or Global Positioning System of my Android phone. We also booked our hotel through booking.com. It’s nice to book hotel in the booking.com site because you can establish the distance of the places you wanted to visit because it has a map location. Besides you will know the cheapest hotel of the particular place you wanted to visit. Again, we visited Saigon because of the promo offered by Cebu Pacific. Thanks Cebu Pacific! We visited the different tourist spots in Saigon. We have been to War Remnants Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Citadel of Saigon, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum and a lot more. Saigon is very familiar to my ears because of the popularity of Leah Salonga’s Miss Saigon. The climate in the place is the same with the Philippines; however, it is more cool compared to manila and cebu. After Saigon, we took our side trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is not difficult to cross the border of Cambodia. It is not what you think of crossing the border during 1960’s as what you have seen on TV. It is now different. The place is peaceful. We took the Mekong Express bus for about US$10 and started our journey in crossing the border of Saigon to Cambodia. Our trip started at exactly 8:00 in the morning and we arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. I was sad at that time because I felt so disturbed of the tip of a cotton bud that was accidentally left in my ear when I cleaned it after taking a bath in the morning. When we arrive in Cambodia, my wife and I immediately went to the international SOS – a clinic in Cambodia with foreign doctors. We paid US$83 just to pull out the cotton bud in my ear. Cambodia is different as regards to their currency. You don’t have any problem in exchanging your money to the local currency because you can pay in US dollars. When we were there, I have not seen a taxi. We ride a motorcycle locally known as the TUKTUK. We have been through to different tourist spots in Phnom Penh – The Killing Fields, Royal Palace, Mekong River, Silver Pagoda, Independence monument, the two Museums which I forgot the name. We were not able to go to Siem Reap which accordingly the location of the Angkor Wat. Probably, this could be another trip.

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