Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2016 Grand World Voyage, Day 64, Phu My, Vietnam (Part 1 of 2)

We left the ship very early this morning heading from the port of Phu My, Vietnam heading for Ho Chi Minh City….  We were going to tour Ho Chi Minh for the day since the sisters, Ann & Cathy have never been there.  Then we are spending the night and flying to Myanmar in the morning…. Our sightseeing tour first took us to the very colorful Ben Thanh Market where there were many photo and shopping opportunities… Then we went to Saigon’s newest landmark, the 262 m high Bitexco Financial Tower which has a shape of a lotus, Vietnam’s national flower. The high speed elevator took us up to the observation deck where we experienced a fantastic 360 degree view of Ho Chi Minh City and its surroundings. Then we visited the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975. We then continued to Notre Dame Cathedral. Inaugurated in 1880, the cathedral became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient. Across the street was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station.  Finally we visited Lam Son - Opera Square with its famous historic landmarks, such as the Opera House, the Continental Hotel, known from the movie “The Quiet American” and the Caravelle Hotel and walked to City Hall....  What a magnificent day...  Now we are in the ParkRoyal Hotel, which is lovely, for the evening...  On to Myanmar!!!  This is part one....


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