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    Bobcock in Vietnam - Part 6 - Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon

    About time I finished the series of my Vietnam pics.

    I must say having just been to Angkor with a serious professional photographer who makes a very very good living from it, I realise just how many of my pics are just holiday snaps. That doesn't bother me I would rather take a memory than have every picture have to be a potential money spinner, but by the same token I am starting to look at some of them too critically.

    Anyway the first set are pure holiday snaps and I'm happy with that, it's really only the subjects you feel passionalte about that you can turn into an art form.

    The first post is from a trip to the independance palace, home of the South Vietnamese government on the day that saigon fell to the North Vietnamese.

    1. Independance Palace.



    2 & 3. The bust of Ho Chi Minh currently on the stage of a large meeting hall. The building is said to be pretty much as it was found on that day. Bet this wasn't there then.





    4. The Banqueting Hall.



    5. The Cabinet Room



    6. On of the upstairs reception rooms



    7. Another one, I forget the purpose.



    8. One of the two 'liberating' tanks. They both stand outside the palace and are numbers 843 and 390.


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    Back to what i do best (well, better anyway,) markets and street stuff...

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    12. Eden Bar, a little different to Bangkok's I hear.



    13. Ben Thanh Market








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    Thanks for the pics Bob! I hope you put up more. My local, where MMTD went, is right across the street from Eden bar in the pic.

    But more importantly, nice pics of the "feel of Saigon."

    Cheers.

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    Nice pics!

    I used to use those baguette stalls on a regular basis !! ( pic10)

    Can taste them now - thanks!!!

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    thanks for the pics bob.

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    17. Waiting for Green



    18. Monument for Tran Hung Dao



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    We then took a trip out to the Chu Chi Tunnels north of Saigon. As usual I get bored on buses so i was messing around using slow exposures from a moving vehicle. I liked this one.



    Like any trip in this part of the world it comes with an obligitory factory stop to see how things are made and to pay way over the odds. this one was lacquerware which was very nice and of course was the best quality in Vietnam. Much better quality supposedly that the stuff i bought for 20% of the pice in a market.





    The entrance to a real tunnel. Too tight for me, I didn't bother. Even the adventurous young men on the bus said it was pretty scary down there. My son took this pic.



    One of the many man traps on view there.



    A disabled US tank. Nice propoganda tool, probably moved here, not killed on the spot as claimed.



    You can even fire live ammunition in the shooting gallery. Many US / Russian guns to choose from.



    In the tunnels I came face to face with this VC rat. He looks as scared to see me as i was of him. I easily disarmed him and gave him punishment the Americans could only have dreamed of. I stopped his pocket money for being cheeky.



    Last post will be a walk around a street market and beyond on our last day in Saigon.

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    wow impressive Bob looks like it was a great trip thanks for sharing.

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    wow - wow - wow

    very nice, esp the street stuff, those are amazing!

    I'll be going to Vietnam next year, so your pictures make me even more excited than I was before!

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    bustak

    I bought the 50mm 1.4 USM on the weekend, I spent the time trying to emulate the things about your pics.

    Lets just say looking at them on the camera there is nothing that will be uploaded here.

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    great photos, thanks for sharing them.
    I loved Vietnam too, great place to visit.
    Much appreciated

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    Vung Tau, Viet Nam

    I worked in Viet Nam in 2003 at Dinh Co gas plant (think that's correct spelling-near enough though). I lived in Vung Tau, which is on the Southern tip and is essentially a seaside resort. This was the place of my dreams. I liked it so much I didn't want to leave and rather than go back to UK for leave my wife (Brit) came out for the period of my leave and loved it too. I was thinking of living there but, a Thai friend suggested I look at Thailand first before making a decision - and here I am (Chiang Mai). I'd be interested to talk to anyone who has been to Vung Tau.

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    Great pics Knob....shame they are not quite as sharp as Bustaks but.

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    I enjoyed them Pics BC- thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickymoo View Post
    I worked in Viet Nam in 2003 at Dinh Co gas plant (think that's correct spelling-near enough though). I lived in Vung Tau, which is on the Southern tip and is essentially a seaside resort. This was the place of my dreams. I liked it so much I didn't want to leave and rather than go back to UK for leave my wife (Brit) came out for the period of my leave and loved it too. I was thinking of living there but, a Thai friend suggested I look at Thailand first before making a decision - and here I am (Chiang Mai). I'd be interested to talk to anyone who has been to Vung Tau.
    I am currently working in Ca Mau - about 45 minutes flight South of HCMC (Saigon) - or a ten-hour drive!

    Really provincial here - OK to visit, but after 6-7 months it is a bit wearing on the spirit.

    But the people are friendly and prices of local goods (food and basic needs) are less than half the Thai prices. Obviously imported goods seem staggeringly expensice by comparison.

    My home is in Pattaya, but also have a UK base. Having seen nothing but rain since I arrived in March I am thinking of returning to work in Saudi. It's been a good experience here, but outside of Hanoi and Saigon this is a country to visit, not to settle in.

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    thanks for the pics

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    The final batch of pictures, all taken on the last morning just wandering the streets and markets with my son.
















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    Great snaps mate - brought back a lot of memories there. I didn't particularly enjoy vietnam, but good to see it again anyway.

    One thing that always puzzled me about the traffic: where the hell are they going? I'm convinced the entire nation just rides around on bikes all day because there's nothing better to do.

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    Thanks for these pix - thinking about going there for a day or two, these pix tell me more about the place than any travel website could. A picture says more than a thousand words, as they say.

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    Nice pics Bobbers, like the rain ones and good to see the little baguettes. Must be great living in a country that is mature enough to appreciate real bread that isn't sickly sweet and pigmented green.

    That said, I agree with The Zapster that Vietnam is a bit crappy - still, it's a slight improvement on Thailand but not a big enough one to make me miss it or want to live there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickymoo View Post
    I worked in Viet Nam in 2003 at Dinh Co gas plant (think that's correct spelling-near enough though). I lived in Vung Tau, which is on the Southern tip and is essentially a seaside resort. This was the place of my dreams. I liked it so much I didn't want to leave and rather than go back to UK for leave my wife (Brit) came out for the period of my leave and loved it too. I was thinking of living there but, a Thai friend suggested I look at Thailand first before making a decision - and here I am (Chiang Mai). I'd be interested to talk to anyone who has been to Vung Tau.

    I stayed there a few days in 1995, on some beach for locals

    it was nice, you get to rent a chair and full service comes with it, beers food etc. You never have to move unless you fancy a swim

    on the other side, at night, there are a few naughty bars with friendly girls
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    Did about 6 months on a plantation between Rach Gia and the Cambodian border on the Gulf of Thailand - loved every minute of it !
    Thanks for the pics !

    PS. Did you notice in the pic of all those motocys EVERYBODY was wearing helnmets - most un Thai behavior !!

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    nice photos, appreciate your work again Bob

    never been there meet the Thai wife then.....tied down.

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    Obviously not a planned shot, but I really like how she has a perplexed/worried look on her face, just as storm clouds are gathering over her head.

    Did anyone else notice that?

    Good pics!

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    There, looks better without that dudes shoulder


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