Tour of Saigon
• Saigon Tour
Saigon. The town's name, which in Soviet times, every schoolboy knew, because he was a symbol of the struggle of Communists against American militarists.
Today, Saigon was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City is the financial capital of Vietnam, the center of commercial and cultural life of the country, where the Vietnamese miniature control everything their state. Somewhere in the tourist guide I have even read that it is a living organism, breathing is heard in the remotest corners of Vietnam.
Saigon color, variety and multifaceted, like all major cities of South East Asia. Life here is in full swing on every meter of land, and surprises and contrasts here waiting, wherever you are - in the suburbs or in the city center.
Ho Chi Minh City Center is very beautiful. Frankly, it seems there is not even all that you are in Vietnam. Why? Because here in the middle of quite a lot of space, which features beautiful parks, flower beds and gardens, which is not typical for the densely populated Asian city where every meter of land at a premium.
In this regard, Saigon is very different from Hanoi. However, for these free meter of land, decorated with flowers and trimmed shrubs, you have to pay the narrow streets even in the central districts.
Saigon looks richer and more respectable Hanoi capital. You know how sometimes - substituent on the latest model of Mercedes at the chief, who for many years drives a Skoda Octavia.
In this palace during the war with the United States lived the head of South Vietnam - American allies. On the territory of the palace on the pedestal are two tanks - Soviet and Chinese production. It is these tanks first broke through to the palace during his assault in 1975.
As conceived by the colonial-French cathedral it was to outdo all the local Buddhist temples and hit the local infidels to the core. Therefore, the future masterpiece built throughout France: brick - from Marseille, stained glass - from Chartres, masons - from Paris. But still get "on the C grade", the cathedral strikes except his surprise of being in this place. However, this does not prevent the local Notre Dame remains one of the most popular destinations Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese couple come to an obligatory bridal session on the background of pink walls, and the interest of foreigners - watch funny stained with Our Lady surrounded by barefoot Vietnamese peasant.
Very flavor Saigon Central Post Office.
It is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh on the street 2 Paris Commune Street, District 1. Main Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built around 1886-1891 years based on the design by Gustave Eiffel - the famous French architect and one of the symbols of the city.
This is the busiest post office in the entire country. And yes, it works!
There is even a long-distance telephone booths, as we have in the country in domobilnuyu era.
But still the main sights of Saigon, I would call the streets.
When I said that the contrasts at every step, I'm not kidding. Vietnam - the country of millions of motorbikes, cars for many is a luxury and expensive cars and do something fantastic.
Vietnam, as well as some other Asian socialist countries, is famous for the high import duties on imported cars, especially on luxury car class.
The holder of this Mercedes-Benz by local standards, a real millionaire.
In general, the Vietnamese are moving on motorbikes or bicycles.
Or on such minibuses ...
Maybe for the previous photo you thought that the center of Saigon very respectable and completely devoid of traces of poverty ...
But it is not so. Enough to turn on the first side street, like in front of you are already living-cubicles house growing up ...
Looking closely to their windows and balconies, you realize that everything is not as respectable as the next street where the car is parked way.
And after going a little farther still, and turning again to the side, and do you find yourself in the midst of a completely different life.
There, where ordinary people live.
Such passageways in the heart rate HCMC. Here, as in Hanoi, every meter of its weight in gold.
The life of ordinary people in the heart of the financial capital of Vietnam.
The life of an ordinary main street. Sewing workshop directly on the pavement.
Merchant extinguishers. Apparently, firefighters here lyutuyut checking entrepreneurs.
Mobile sharpening knives. The Vietnamese are still those inventors.
Set welded firmly to the trunk of the person scooter.
I sat down to rest ...
There is no place on the benches in the park? No problem. Here nobody is steamed about this, sitting right on the asphalt without any problems.
A colleague of mine. Somewhere even have our general photo with him, but could not find him.
Merchant some local fare. Such a great number of merchants and all the whole day wandering around with their bikes, hung with goods through the city streets.
Lunch merchant wooden model sailing ships.
Barker ... the bank.
In Saigon, a lot of people with disabilities. All these signs of the Vietnam War, which ended many years ago.