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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Went to Ben Thanh Central Market & surrounds






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    Lots of construction on Le Loi Square. The statue of Le Loi (former King) was covered by tarps

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    In 2005, that tall conical building (Saigon Centre) wasn't there yet. Now it has several companion skyscrapers
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    I've read somewhere that this is construction for a skytrain
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    I figured you guys would like this
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    Lots of construction around Rex Hotel
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    Paid my respects to Uncle Ho
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    In 2005, the statue of Uncle Ho was seated. They've changed it to a standing statue in recent years.

    Opera House remains the same
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    Notre Dame Cathedral under renovation
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    Thanks for anyone who will repost...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Lots of construction on Le Loi Square. The statue of Le Loi (former King) was covered by tarps



    In 2005, that tall conical building (Saigon Centre) wasn't there yet. Now it has several companion skyscrapers


    I've read somewhere that this is construction for a skytrain


    I figured you guys would like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Lots of construction around Rex Hotel


    Paid my respects to Uncle Ho

    In 2005, the statue of Uncle Ho was seated. They've changed it to a standing statue in recent years.

    Opera House remains the same


    Notre Dame Cathedral under renovation


    Thanks for anyone who will repost...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Opera House remains the same
    What was playing, did you go?

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    Its been 8 years since my last visits and the pace of change looks frenetic, by the time i go next i'll hardly recognise some of the places.

    Katie, did you get to visit some of your family?

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    Champion photos Miss Katie!

    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    In 2005, that tall conical building (Saigon Centre) wasn't there yet. Now it has several companion skyscrapers
    That is where I surreptitiously whipped out my pork baguette and made a mess on the floor last year. That was the highest view in Saigon at the time.

    I also trekked down to Landmark81 which is the 14th tallest building in the world.

    I tried to sneak up for a look at the view but it was not finished in November last year but might be open now.

    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I figured you guys would like this
    I wish I had got a selfie there as I am of the same vintage as the cafe!

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    For 2005 & 2014 Saigon pics, refer to one of my earlier threads
    http://teakdoor.com/vietnam-nepal-an...er-2005-a.html (Saigon, Vietnam nine years after (2005 & 2014))

    HSBC building in front of the cathedral
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    Some Koreans tourists. Loads of them in Danang & Saigon

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    Saw this group having their photo taken at the Central Post Office
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    McDonald's wasn't near the Post Office 5 years ago
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    @ohoh - didn't know what was playing at the opera house, we just strolled past it

    @toot - yes, I visited my relatives for a bit. Was nice to see them again

    @loopy dahlink - are you able to do the stuff that is stated in that shop? Heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    For 2005 & 2014 Saigon pics, refer to one of my earlier threads
    http://teakdoor.com/vietnam-nepal-an...er-2005-a.html (Saigon, Vietnam nine years after (2005 & 2014))

    HSBC building in front of the cathedral


    Some Koreans tourists. Loads of them in Danang & Saigon



    Saw this group having their photo taken at the Central Post Office


    McDonald's wasn't near the Post Office 5 years ago

    Some Koreans tourists. Loads of them in Danang & Saigon

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    Loads of ppl inside the post office
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    More Instagram girlfriends
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Loads of ppl inside the post office




    More Instagram girlfriends


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    Grab motorbikes & Grab food delivery present here too. Didn't see them 5 years ago
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    Independence Palace 2019 edition
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    An official-looking building
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    Large fig tree
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Grab motorbikes & Grab food delivery present here too. Didn't see them 5 years ago


    Independence Palace 2019 edition


    An official-looking building


    Large fig tree
    .....

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    More food pics
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    ^com suon = broken rice & porkchop

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    ^Bo Kho - beef stew noodle soup

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    Cheers!

    Thanks to those who have/will repost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Late lunch at Street Food Market






    Late lunch at Street Food Market

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    More food pics



    ^com suon = broken rice & porkchop


    ^Bo Kho - beef stew noodle soup


    Cheers!

    Thanks to those who have/will repost.
    More food pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Thanks to those who have/will repost.
    Some same post a couple times.

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    ^^That beef stew noodle soup looks tops. Is that the same as beef pho?

    The pork and spring rolls look epic too.



    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    @loopy dahlink - are you able to do the stuff that is stated in that shop? Heh.
    I have magic cheesy beans Miss Katie which give the eater's winkie Marvel/DC-comic super-powers.

    These beanz come with a government health warning - for any females in the vicinity...

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    @loopy dahlink - good to know that you've got special powers, perhaps like Ironman? Heh.

    Re: the beef stew (Bo kho), the soup/broth and beef parts are different from those used in beef pho. I tried not to duplicate my orders of noodle dishes, since I wanted to try them all. If you have Viet restos in your vicinity, try the Bo kho and Bun Bo Hue (pronounced as Hwey, similar to Huawei).

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    Went for a short visit to my relatives. Pics of the 'hood, 2019 edition

    Rotunda remained the same
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    Good to know that this herbal medicine shop is still there
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    Local beer garden
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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Went for a short visit to my relatives. Pics of the 'hood, 2019 edition

    Rotunda remained the same


    Good to know that this herbal medicine shop is still there


    Local beer garden


    Yeah more.....

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    Paid my respects at the local temple
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    Snail vendor
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    He's got the crabs
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