Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Vietnam

Posted in Diversions, Foreign Service Life, Friends & Other Travelers, Travels at 10:14 pm by graceandpoise

Korea is kind enough to have a great big, 3-day holiday that abuts a weekend.  They call it Chusok, and it’s traditionally the time when Koreans get together with extended family, honor ancestors, play traditional games, etc.  These days, however, it’s the time when Seoul empties and (seemingly) the majority of the country leaves to travel elsewhere.  This year, I joined the travelers, heading down to Vietnam to visit my friend Barbara.

I had a great time.  I had been told to expect a “third world” sort of environment, but I found Ho Chi Minh City to be significantly more developed than that.  People there are excited about the future, and I was told many times that there have been projections from a variety of sources that Vietnam will become one of the top 15 or 20 tourist destinations in the world in the next 10 years or so.  Venturing outside of the big city, I’m not so sure about that, but it was definitely an enjoyable trip.  A few photos . . .

Inside the main HCMC post office

With Barbara on her rooftop

HCMC at Night

Wedding with propaganda backdrop

House along the Mekong

Mekong Commute

Thanks, Barbara, for being such a great hostess!

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