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Reunification Palace at Ho Chi Minh

 I spent 3 days/ 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh. I think the most interesting part of my stay was the hunt for delicious food. Oh & I loved the tiny alleyways that just scream fire hazard. Those are fun. The museum is boring. If you have a couple of hours to burn and you're already there might as well go I suppose. I'm also not a big museum junkie so...


Highlights: I thought their underground 'offices' was the most interesting part.
Cast of Characters: Just myself. I did join the frequent tours they have of the museum. There's about a dozen people in the group. They have tours in other languages too.
Logistics/ Links: Here's the official website.
When: I went early March, 2011. It was warm. Bring sun protection.
Location: Here's the map. I had to walk all around the block trying to find the entrance. It's actually along Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street (closer to the corner of Nguyen Du). Its walking distance from Pham Ngu Lao (backpacker district). You can check out the War Remnants museum after this spot & then Ben Thanh market.
Cost: Around $1.5 for adults
Trip Report: It's ok. I actually did not find Ho Chi Minh that interesting for some reason. I arrived in Saigon at night, wandered through the urban maze to a guesthouse. The next day I went to this museum & to the War Remnants. I didn't even feel like going to the Cu Chi tunnels. I don't know if its the heat or what, but I just felt lazy. I spent my 3rd day in Saigon just drinking coffee at Coffee Bean & Tea leaf at the tourist area (no, they don't have Starbucks). Overall, the museum is ok. Not terribly exciting. 

Wandering around the streets of Saigon trying to find the stupid entrance

Ahhh! Made it!

Some of the equipment they used during the war against Americans

Equipment that beat the Americans

Inside the palace grounds

Cool conference room

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