Breakfast in our hotel before we ventured out into Ho Chi Minh City for tour of the City with our guide showing us many of the historical areas and landmark buildings. Many of the buildings were built by the French when they were here as part of their Empire. Of special interest was the Presidential Palace where the American communications bunker and escape tunnel featured during the end of the conflict. We also visited the War Remnants Museum It primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, but also includes many exhibits relating to the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. There were many objects of historical interest other than the period of the Vietnam War.
A change of pace before we were to visit the Ben Thanh Markets was a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon officially Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Established by French colonists who initially named it Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters. There was some damage to the Cathedral during the War but most has been repaired particularly all the damaged tiles, the original ones were brought from France but the replacements were made locally.
Ben Thanh Markets, first opened in 1913, is a large marketplace in central Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. We enjoyed our visit which showed us the Vietnamese people going about their everyday business in this bustling market.
We headed back to our hotel before dinner again in an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Tomorrow we head out into the Mekong Delta.