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Old 8th March 2010, 07:15 AM
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Really? I want to go there next summer
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am considering this on my way to Thailand next time - what would be the minimum time to experience vietnam that you would all reccommend
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Old 15th March 2010, 09:36 AM
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Hello, Sambo
I think you spend 1 – 2 days in Ho Chi Minh that enough to explore it . You should visit Opera House, Ben Thanh Market, Thien Hau Temple, War Crimes Museum.

But nearby Ho Chi Minh, there are a lot of “can’t be missed” destinations

- The Mekong delta (from Saigon (70 km).Being a very rich, beautiful and lush area, Mekong Delta is the southern most region of Vietnam end of the Mekong River.I suggest you spend 3 days/2 night in there . You can stay on local house (home – stay) that’s very interesting and valiable experience.

- I hightly recommend you go to Phu Quoc – I’ve been there with my family. That’s Emerald Island, with fine beaches and clear blue sea, strips of sand worth exploring . That’s wonderful places for picnics, paddling, snorkeling or fishing and lying on beaches.
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Old 25th March 2010, 05:38 PM
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one week i think is long in HCMC. Can do travel more place such as Muine beach,
and Mekong Delta
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Have been living in HCMC for around a couple of years. It seems quite focused on the tourist dollar, which I guess works out well for a few of the Vietnamese population but not so great for the others. My homeless friend who slept outside on the street at night and spent her days at HCMC's September 23 Park found herself dead 2 days before the opening of the big promotional Tourism Festival to be held in that park.

What was remarkable was the phenomenal rapidness with which my friend's health grossly declined during the period of around the last week leading up to the Tourism Festival in the park and that it seemed like particular circumstances contributing to her death were being very adversely manipulated as the opening date of the major promotional tourism event approached.

Were she to have been present at the park at the time of the festival in the park as she had during months leading up to the event, her homelessness would have been a financial liability to the Vietnamese authorities and tourism industry, however, her death was pretty much perfectly timed to avoid such.

Am left feeling quite cynical about the Vietnamese people.
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