Ho Chi Minh City (Vung Tau), Vietnam
Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable — from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you.
The port city of Vung Tau is a seaside beach resort located about two hours east of Ho Chi Minh City, with shopping, discos and a range of eateries. As the closest beach in the vicinity, Vung Tau is a daytrip from Ho Chi Minh City offering a retreat from the city heat.
This resort on the Bay of Boats was once the southernmost outpost in the Champa Kingdom.
Tay Son Lacquer Factory
Take in a brief demonstration of the lacquering process and shop for lacquerware ranging from small boxes to large pieces of furniture.
Lang Ca Ong Temple
Dedicated to a whale cult, this temple in Vung Tau features a collection of whale skeletons.
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