A Travellerspoint blog

DaNang (My Son Sanctuary)

DaNang

rain 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

My Son Santuary (pronounced May Sun) is a UNESCO world heritage site. Its roughly 70 km from DaNang, the coastal city and the 3rd biggest in Vietnam.
It was quite difficult getting a lift or trip to this site as DaNang is not as westernised as Saigon, the people her understand less English, in fact, none at all. At the end it was motorcycle that won. One good thing about this is I saw and learned alot about the countryside, one very bad thing, I was numb when I arrived at the site...Back to My Son. Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. On my way, we stopped at another very interesting Christian Church. At this church there is a well, according to locals, it never runs dry and when you drink from the water it will bring you longevity, it taste like Rooibos tea with paperclips.
The Church:
DaNang_001.jpg
DaNang_002.jpg
DaNang_004.jpg
DaNang_005.jpg
DaNang_016.jpg
DaNang_007.jpg
DaNang_008.jpg
DaNang_009.jpg
DaNang_011.jpg
DaNang_012.jpg
DaNang_013.jpg
DaNang_014.jpg

My Son Sanctuary
DaNang_072.jpg
DaNang_020.jpg
DaNang_021.jpg
DaNang_022.jpg
DaNang_023.jpg
DaNang_026.jpg
DaNang_030.jpg
DaNang_033.jpg
DaNang_036.jpg
DaNang_037.jpg
DaNang_038.jpg
DaNang_039.jpg
DaNang_042.jpg
DaNang_043.jpg
DaNang_045.jpg
DaNang_047.jpg
DaNang_048.jpg
DaNang_051.jpg
DaNang_055.jpg
DaNang_059.jpg
DaNang_060.jpg
DaNang_061.jpg
DaNang_064.jpg
DaNang_067.jpg
DaNang_068.jpg
DaNang_069.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 03:59 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon (Museums)2

Saigon

sunny 36 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

More images, self explanatory:
Saigon_Museums_086.jpg
Saigon_Museums_083.jpg
Saigon_Museums_082.jpg
Saigon_Museums_081.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_080.jpg
Saigon_Museums_078.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_072.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_071.jpg
Saigon_Museums_070.jpg
Saigon_Museums_069.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_058.jpg
Saigon_Museums_054.jpg
Saigon_Museums_053.jpg
Saigon_Museums_052.jpg
Saigon_Museums_051.jpg
Saigon_Museums_049.jpg
Saigon_Museums_087.jpg

Independence Palace. The two tanks represent the last tanks that was driven through the gates before independence was declared in 1975. Not much to see inside. They show the chambers and meeting rooms of the different delegates. Note, the Ambassador's meeting room is better looking than the president and the vice-president's. Ambassador's room is the last picture:
Saigon_Museums_094.jpg
Saigon_Museums_095.jpg
Saigon_Museums_096.jpg
Saigon_Museums_098.jpg
Saigon_Museums_099.jpg
Saigon_Museums_102.jpg
Saigon_Museums_103.jpg
Saigon_Museums_104.jpg
Saigon_Museums_108.jpg

On my way to the next museum I was interviewed by students for some video project...see ma, I am famous.
Saigon_Museums_110.jpg

This tree is outside the museum, it is more than 100 years old. The roots grow upwards to form part of the tree:
Saigon_Museums_114.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_111.jpg
Saigon_Museums_112.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_113.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 04:35 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon (Museums)

Saigon

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

Today I decided to visit some of the museums in Saigon. Whenever you in this city, the only museum you must visit is the War Museum. It was completed and opened literally months after the war ended on 30 April 1975. The Vietnamese had to face the Americans, French and Portuguese, different wars. There was times I had to contain my tears and anger because of this stupid war. PLEASE NOTE, this is graphic pictures, if you don' like, don't look:
The Guillotine was used by the French, note the picture where the officer is posing with a head in his hand:
270_Saigon_Museums_004.jpg
Saigon_Museums_005.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_006.jpg
Saigon_Museums_007.jpg

Cages was put on the ground, not more than 30cm high, prisoners were kept here for weeks.
Saigon_Museums_008.jpg
Saigon_Museums_009.jpg

Prison room
270_Saigon_Museums_013.jpg

Photos of prisoners
270_Saigon_Museums_014.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_015.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_016.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_017.jpg
Saigon_Museums_018.jpg
Saigon_Museums_019.jpg
Saigon_Museums_020.jpg
Saigon_Museums_021.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_022.jpg
Saigon_Museums_023.jpg
Saigon_Museums_024.jpg

Prisoners were forced to roll over this metal with holes. Their hair and skin will get stuck and get ripped of their bodies:
Saigon_Museums_025.jpg
Saigon_Museums_026.jpg

The Americans used chemicals (especially Agent Orange) to destroy their enemy but children were the ones effected the most. Up to date there is still children born with major defects because of chemical warfare. See the boy playing piano, he has no eyes or eyelids.
Saigon_Museums_075.jpg
Saigon_Museums_037.jpg
Saigon_Museums_038.jpg
Saigon_Museums_039.jpg
Saigon_Museums_040.jpg
Saigon_Museums_041.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_042.jpg
Saigon_Museums_045.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_046.jpg
Saigon_Museums_047.jpg
Saigon_Museums_063.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_065.jpg
270_Saigon_Museums_067.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 03:03 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon (Motorcycle) China Mark

Saigon

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

I had to do this on a seperate entry. Inside China Town, you get a China Market by the name of Cho Binh Tay. Now, if you don't get to know locals, you will not know about this place. That is why it is very important to always be friendly and make friends wherever you can. Back to this place. I got lost inside. It is BIG and there is thousands of stalls inside. You walk inside, they all placed together, meaning, if you see shoes, there is only shoe stalls, the same for spices, toys etc. These stalls are not for Europeans, very narrow to walk, enjoy:
Saigon_City_077.jpg
Saigon_City_063.jpg
Saigon_City_064.jpg
Saigon_City_068.jpg
Saigon_City_069.jpg
Saigon_City_070.jpg
Saigon_City_073.jpg
Saigon_City_074.jpg
Saigon_City_075.jpg
Saigon_City_076.jpg

Softshell crab, fried and sweet & sour. The fried ones are very tasty, tastes like Salt & Vinegar Chips:
Saigon_City_072.jpg
Saigon_City_071.jpg

The different types of eggs, even black ones:
Saigon_City_066.jpg

Then there is the meat, please note the lady with the leg on the table where the meat is.
Saigon_City_067.jpg
Saigon_City_065.jpg

And off course the parking for the motorcycles:
Saigon_City_078.jpg

I ended my motorcycle tour with a visit to the "American" market where you can buy war memorabelia of the American troops:
Saigon_City_079.jpg
Saigon_City_080.jpg
Saigon_City_081.jpg
Saigon_City_082.jpg

And don't forget the food, again: This time at BACON, guess what they sell? Had the Bacon baguette....who can not love this (sorry Rafeeq)
Saigon_City_085.jpg
Saigon_City_084.jpg
Saigon_City_083.jpg
Saigon_City_086.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 02:38 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

Saigon City (Motorcycle)

Saigon

sunny 35 °C
View Vietnam on GT Travel's travel map.

Before i start with the city tour, i must mention the night market at Ben Tahn. When the market closes at 18:00, everyone moves outside and the night market starts. When I mentioned that my sister won't leave the market, I meant she will NEVER leave this place, maybe they will chase her away...it happened before, Cape Town. The other photo is children playing on the sidewalk at 11 at night. The parents are somewhere:
Saigon_City_001.jpgSaigon_City_005.jpg

Off course dinner "Shredded 'meat' noodles". The 'meat' consists of hairy clams and oysters, blood oysters, smoked cockerel, squid and chicken.
Saigon_City_004.jpg
Saigon_City_003.jpg
Saigon_City_002.jpg

On with the tour. Now I don't know if I mentioned this. When I went to Vung Tau, I travelled with the bus, which is basically a taxi in South Africa. I got the honours to sit in front next to the driver, I gave that honours quickly away on my return trip. I was thinking, when a taxi driver in our country messes up, send him for week to Saigon to sit in front of their taxis for the full day. A week later, halleluja, that driver will be safed and never break any rule again. Anyway, so today I got on the back of a motorcycle, it's city time. Again, if you come to Saigon, do this for the experience but only once. Imagine sitting on the back of a small Vespa, driving at 50 km/h, holding on with one hand, taking pictures with the other, busses, cars and other motorbikes driving straight towards you and all the time being driven by a person that is most probably the same weight as one of my legs?? More fun than driving in midtown Johannesburg.

Notre Damme Cathedral:
270_Saigon_City_006.jpg
270_Saigon_City_008.jpg
Saigon_City_010.jpg
Saigon_City_011.jpg
Saigon_City_012.jpg

On our way through the tunnel that was sponsored by Japan.
Saigon_City_019.jpg
Saigon_City_020.jpg

The cityline. The tall building on the right was buld and given by North Korea for the Vietnamese people to use as a Business hub, dont you just hate communism:
Saigon_City_023.jpg
Saigon_City_024.jpg
Saigon_City_025.jpg

Next China Town. Approx 100sq kms and very busy. This is the real deal. Also see some pagodas (pictures not clear due to the smoke inside)
Saigon_City_049.jpg
Saigon_City_030.jpg
Saigon_City_048.jpg
Saigon_City_031.jpg
Saigon_City_035.jpg
Saigon_City_038.jpg
Saigon_City_040.jpg
Saigon_City_044.jpg
Saigon_City_053.jpg
Saigon_City_058.jpg

This is the best coffee shop in Saigon. The coffee is seriously good, bit expensive but worth while. eat your heart out coffee club Cape Town.
Saigon_City_060.jpg
Saigon_City_061.jpg

Posted by GT Travel 02:28 Archived in Vietnam Comments (0)

(Entries 11 - 15 of 39) « Page 1 2 [3] 4 5 6 7 8 »