Here is another fine example of a French import - the Saigon Opera House. At times we weren't sure if we were still in Asia, or if we warped to Europe!
The tree lined streets and wide sidewalks are also a remnant of the French colonization...
...as are the waffles and pastries this street vendor is selling. The conical hat is decidedly Vietnamese, however. This vendor cooked the waffles using old fashioned waffle irons over charcoal that she transported in a tin bucket attached to a bamboo pole. This is a very mobile pastry shop!
During our tour of the city, we made a stop at the main post office. The post office looks like a European train station. Here's Craig sending a postcard home from Vietnam!
We also visited the Cho Binh Tay wholesale market located in Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown district.
This market is where all the shop owners come to buy their goods to sell in their stores. The market has everything - but you have to buy in large quantities. Jennifer loved some of these hats, but you have to buy them in lots of 100 or more.
Ho Chi Minh City is home to about 10 million people and about 7 million motorcycles. They are the main mode of transportation, even for delivering goods that were purchased at the wholesale market.
While we were in Chinatown, we also visited one of the Chinese temples. This one is a Taoist temple where they are celebrating the Hungry Ghost Festival. We celebrated this last year in Penang. You can read the blog post by clicking here. The cone shaped spirals above us are incense that are hung and burned in order to bring good fortune to the person's name that is written on the attached red slip of paper.
We really loved Ho Chi Minh city. We enjoyed seeing all of the buildings, people, and culture. We also enjoyed the food - which I'll post more about later.