Mighty Mekong; Rafts, Rain and Rice Paper

Ominous dark clouds loomed down at us as we walked through the wet blanket air of Ho Chi Minh city. We were on our way to the Mighty Mekong River, the twelfth longest river in the world. We drove through the chaotic streets of Saigon, our transfer van bouncing on the potholes and swerving to…

Daily Prompt: In Good Faith at Notre Dame Cathedral

The beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The spires spiral endlessly into the sky, pointing towards eternity. Only in good faith would something so beautiful be built Related articles Hectic Ho Chi Minh City; Chaotic Crossing, Cathedrals and Coffee (gingamusings.com)

Combative Cu Chi Tunnels; Tunnels, Tapioca and Typhoon

Little bubbles of excitement were rising up inside me. Ever since I studied the Vietnam war in sixth form, I had wanted to come to Vietnam and see the Cu Chi tunnels. And today was that day! The Cu Chi tunnels are located about 70 kilometres from central Ho Chi Minh city and are an…

Sumptuous Saigon; Cyclos, Cruises and Clever Puppeteers

After a long day hard at work, it was time to let down our hair and live it up Saigon style. The lights, the entertainment, the pollution? Saigon (the original name for Ho Chi Minh City) is a city of contrasts. Tacky neon lights advertising everything from tours to motorcycles for hire wink at passers…

Hectic Ho Chi Minh City; Chaotic Crossing, Cathedrals and Coffee

The relative peace and tranquility of the deserted Ho Chi Minh airport washed over us as we entered the arrival hall. Little did we realise what a rarity this would become in a city populated with 7.5 million people and 5 million motorbikes. “Controlled” chaos would be a term I would apply to Ho Chi…