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    Keep em coming

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    Brilliant thread mate.

    I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of your trip.

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    No worries LT. It was a good trip, especially touching base with BLD.

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    Hi crocman, thnx 4 d pix & stories. I'm glad u enjoyed ur trip. I did a trip too - went to the province (not mine), a small coastal town. Experienced quiet, small town life & the madness of commuting by boat during Christmas holidays. Climbed mountains & went to beach. Dont know when i'll be able to download pix or if will make a thread. Btw, i
    saw d back of ur head in Bld's thread. As I've said, it looked vely hansum. Cheers!

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    Hey there Katie, good to here you had a good Xmas. Mind you any time spent travelling is always a good time.

    Can't wait for your next thread as we are already looking for somewhere new in the PI's to visit on our next big trip. While we were on this trip we were on line to our friends in New Zealand who travelled to the PI's with us last time.

    The ladies have definitely locked in a couple of days shopping in Manilla and us guys are seeking a return to Panglao but we are looking for another 1or possibly 2 destinations to round off the trip. No pressure though coz it won't be till late in the year.

    My brother is heading to Sabang towards the end of the year also.

    Don't hold your breath but the front view of croc may show up later.
    You're fat,Ill fro you in the river

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman
    Don't hold your breath but the front view of croc may show up later.
    Keep it clean mate as this is a family show!

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    Katie, send me $20 and I will PM you Crocs front view, or croc can send me $20 not to.

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    You all need to take a nap.

    Front views of croc are freely available on TD in past threads.

    So either you all send me twenty bucks or I'll remind you which thread.

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    Terrific thread. Thank you for sharing.

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    After eight nights at the Naman Retreat, which I can highly recommend, it was time to move south to Saigon. Off to Da Nang airport and a short hop on Vietjet.

    We checked into the Rex Hotel for two nights. The hotel originally started life as a motor garage owned by a French couple but morphed into a grand hotel over the years. It became famous during the war for hosting the Five O'clock Follies on the rooftop bar.



    We were camping in the Governors Suite which consists of a sitting room, bedroom and two bathrooms.









    The famous rooftop bar and stage.





    The view from the bar down into the square and the statue of Uncle Ho.


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    We went for a bit of a stroll to the Ban Thien market which was jam packed but the streets outside were strangely quiet, and it was about 4pm.

    The market.



    Outside.





    Old fella cooking his dinner.



    Came across thi Hindu temple which is strangely in the Malay/Muslim sector.

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    Packed a fair bit of sightseeing in, in the short time we were in Saigon. We started at the war museum which the Dragonlady found to be a bit confronting in parts. The displays can be quite brutal in their depiction. So much so that I didn't take any pics inside, it will be your choice to go there and view.

    It was interesting to see the war depicted by the other side for a change. It was obviously slanted, but it is not until the last exhibit that there is any mention of South Vietnamese actually being involved. The museum would have you believe that there were no Viets fighting Viets, only Americans.

    Some of the machinery left behind.





    Croc getting his Maverick on.


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    Top thread and awesome pics.

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    ^^ Ooh, croc is vely hansum man!

    Re: the $20, you should all give me twenties. With $100, I can go to the Visayas on a weekend by boat, climb mountains, go to the beach, live cheaply & stay w/ friends, take lots of pics and make another pic thread.

    Crocman, you can try Palawan, Cebu, Camiguin or Camotes Islands if you haven't been to those places. There's a Palawan thread by Natalie, check it out. I *should* make that Camiguin thread, if & when I get the time & willpower to do so - my internet at home is &%#.

    Is that Ban Thien or Ben Thanh market? I think it's Ben Thanh. If it is, then that's the place where I usually bought goodies (mostly foodstuff) for bringing home. The war museum was depressing, esp. the Agent Orange room. That war was terrible and it affected some of my relatives (from the South).

    Thanks for the pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman;












    [IMG
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    The famous rooftop bar and stage.




    The view from the bar down into the square and the statue of Uncle Ho.

    Whos that handsome fooker with uncle Ho

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^^ Ooh, croc is vely hansum man!

    Re: the $20, you should all give me twenties. With $100, I can go to the Visayas on a weekend by boat, climb mountains, go to the beach, live cheaply & stay w/ friends, take lots of pics and make another pic thread.

    Crocman, you can try Palawan, Cebu, Camiguin or Camotes Islands if you haven't been to those places. There's a Palawan thread by Natalie, check it out. I *should* make that Camiguin thread, if & when I get the time & willpower to do so - my internet at home is &%#.

    Is that Ban Thien or Ben Thanh market? I think it's Ben Thanh. If it is, then that's the place where I usually bought goodies (mostly foodstuff) for bringing home. The war museum was depressing, esp. the Agent Orange room. That war was terrible and it affected some of my relatives (from the South).



    Thanks for the pics!
    You are spot on with the market Katie, I got my a's and e's round the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crocman;












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    The famous rooftop bar and stage.




    The view from the bar down into the square and the statue of Uncle Ho.

    Whos that handsome fooker with uncle Ho
    I heard a rumour that there is to be a statue erected in Vientiane of that handsome fooker.

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    The next tour the Dragonlady undertook was to the Cu Chi tunnels. As most dragons lairs are under ground it came as a surprise that this particular Dragonlady is claustrophobic.

    However that wasn't the biggest problem on this particular day. Oh no no no, upon arrival crocman discovers that he hasn't put the memory card in his camera.

    But because I was born before electronics and the interwebby jobby I came up with a very clever solution so that you,dear readers, can enjoy the full experience that I enjoyed.

    So strap yourselves in and get ready,









    You can almost taste the tension.

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    The tunnels are well worth the visit. Amazing that so many men can go undetected for so long being so close to Saigon.

    I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would've been like to be in tunnels when they were being bombed.

    And as for the soldiers sent down to clear the tunnels, they would have have been extremely brave or fookin mental like

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    Great pics, and glad to hear that the tunnels are worth a visit. I've heard mixed reviews from people. I have many friends that live in Saigon currently and seem to like it. Traffic is a bit of a nightmare though.

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    Spectacular thread!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Spectacular thread!

    Thanks!
    Cheers mate, stay tuned a likkle bit more to come.

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    Did these tunnels about 10yrs ago. Well worth it.

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    @crocman - Awesome drawings! The Little Prince would be proud of you!

    @Phukitbound - the tunnels are indeed worth visiting. If you're pressed for time, a half-day tour will do (there are whole day & half-day tours). For some pics of the tour, you may view my thread on Saigon - it's somewhere in this Vietnam forum.

    @BLD (the hansum f**ker, lol) - seems like they have changed the statue of Uncle Ho. When I went there in 2005, Uncle Ho was seated. I'll try to find & upload the pic. I'll look forward to your statue if/when I visit Vientiane. Cheers!

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    Nice pictures, thanks.

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    Excellent thread Crocman.. thanks for sharing.

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