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    Authentic Saigon

    I decided to do a visa run to Saigon, my last trip was in 2007 and I had good memories of Vietnam but remember not staying long enough in Saigon, which reminds me a lot of Paris with the architecture, the cafe and the food

    I stayed in the hippie district, the Khao San Road of Saigon, quite funny actually and not so much a tourist ghetto as the local residents are very present and remind us of it every night when the locals get to meet their neighbors in the streets to eat, drink and play cards on small tables outside.

    I stayed in an excellent guest house, Ann Ann Hotel, and got the Royal Suite for 1,500 THB, including breakfast and computer with free internet. It was an awesome deal.

    I arrived the day of the Tet which is the Vietnamese New Year,

    My camera is shit, so eventually I had to shoot the pics in BW to give a more realistic angle of that beautiful French city

    First the Hotel Room, in color



    This was the Royal Suite on the top floor



    it includes Free Internet and a PC, what a fucking deal. Couldn't find anything better in that area. I tried another place, and it was miserable.


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    This is the view from the room,



    the crossroad nearby, the traffic was mental



    nobody seems to stop at the traffic light, they are much defiant than the Thais when driving


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    Some soi, very quiet as most residents have left the city to the country side to visit family



    locals playing cards near a French bakery,


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    there was a flower exposition in the main street that day to celebrate the Tet, but I am not going to bother to post the pics as they might be a bit boring.

    a small cafe on one of the main street, quite touristic



    Sadly, the Russians have arrived about 3 years ago and started to build money laundering properties like this huge modern tower, completely empty in the middle of Saigon



    Switching to BW,

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    I was looking at going later in the year with my young family. Is it family orientated and how did you get there ? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    I was looking at going later in the year with my young family. Is it family orientated and how did you get there ? Thanks
    it is actually, probably one one of the few cities in SE Asia where you can actually walk around, and there are proper sidewalk and parks

    saw a lot of couples with young children, so quite safe

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    here is a series of pics in BW,








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    The flower festival on the main street,



    some nearby street,



    Le Grand Hotel


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    Place Garnier, with the Opera (now a gay bar, QBar)


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    interesting how the B&W instantly dates the pics

    thanxs butters

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    Great stuff Butters. Love the black 'n' white. When you're done with the photos how's about telling us about the food - that's one of the few things I trust your opinion on

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    Very nice info on Saigon. We are planning to go there too, but it's years off.

    Finally a reason to green you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Love the black 'n' white. When you're done with the photos how's about telling us about the food - that's one of the few things I trust your opinion on
    I took a few pics of that in color

    more coming later, some artistic stuff in a genre noire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    interesting how the B&W instantly dates the pics
    it does, doesn't it ? it's like going back in time, very apropos with this place

    I recommend reading Graham Greene to put yourself in context, he was a frequent visitor of the place in the 1950s

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    The Opera again but without too much of the fat tourists

    This is the place where there was the infamous terrorist bombing in the late 50s that engaged the Americans into the war



    The Continental


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    a small break with a food report, in color



    nice



    look at that


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    these were beef in leafs, with a small brochette of pork

    with 3 beers, total was quite expensive actually, about 150 THB

    you can eat in the street for 50 THB, this is the place to go, it's on Ly Thon, next to Pasteur


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin
    It looks ok, cleaner than Thailand in fact.
    It is cleaner, but you might have trouble adjusting. I found that I could hold normal conversations with people which was a bit unnerving.

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    now walking back to the Cathedral,



    Notre De Dame de Saigon I suppose,



    and then to the historic Post Office,


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    inside the Post Office, can't see but there is a nice picture of Ho Chi Min in the wall behind


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    then leaving the Post Office to walk to the Presidential Palace Park, but first one last shot of the Post Office on old film


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    great stuff, any erm 'nightlife'?

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    walking near my favorite cafe, used to be expats only, not it's the local bourgeoisie and nouveau riche


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    Keep waiting for the pussy or do I have to post my own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Keep waiting for the pussy or do I have to post my own?
    Yeah go on, I'm thinking of doing Saigon this year.

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