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Today we are visiting Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon Vietnam on our Diamond Princess Asia Cruise vlog series. On this Diamond Princess cruise we’ll cover 2800 nautical miles and visit Tokyo, Shimizu, Osaka, Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam, and Singapore.
We booked this tour through: http://phamtoursvietnam.com/phumy-port-ho-chi-minh-city-private-tour.html
We start off this morning’s Princess cruise vlog with a picturesque look at Phu My cruise port in Vietnam. Phu My is not a tender port, so we just hopped right of the ship and headed for the exit gate. In Phu My, however, just walking out the exit is not an option. You have to take a bus to the exit. So we waited in very short line, and ultimately made our way out. After a quick trip out the gate, we met our guide, hopped on a very comfortable mini bus, and started our journey to the Rex hotel. At the Rex hotel we drank fantastic Vietnamese coffee, listened to the informative talk of our guide Tu, and took in the beautiful views around the hotel. The next stop on our tour was a fascinating temple where we were guided through burning incense, and entertained with discussions about the culture and history of the area. Afterward we embarked on probably one of the craziest things we’ve done on an excursion. We traveled around the busy streets of Ho Chi Mini City Vietnam by rickshaw. Now, to clarify, being on a rickshaw was not the crazy part. The crazy part was the Ho Chi Minh City traffic, and feeling so close to it. It was a super fun adventure, and we highly recommend it. Next up was a stop for Pho lunch at the delectable Pho 2000 restaurant. The food was terrific. The restaurant was wonderfully chaotic, and certainly a must try experience. After lunch we took a quick trip to the market. Our guide told us we shouldn’t bother trying to buy anything, because the haggling is commonplace. Other brief stops included Vietnams version of Notre Dame, and a famed post office. Following those brief stops, we headed off to the War museum. The war museum is a good stop for anyone interested in this dark period, and the historical significance of these events. We decided the images and other related items were too disturbing for our young son, and spent the majority of this stop in a nearby coffee shop. The final stop on our adventure was a Lacquer factory where we were treated to a thorough explanation of the process involved in creating these beautiful pieces of art. After the explanation we were allowed to spend some time shopping for souvenirs. We close out the video with a look at Phu My port. This was a quite day on our Diamond Princess cruise adventure. It was varied, exhilarating, and educational all wrapped up in one package. From the fun conversations with our guide, to the mouth watering Pho at Pho 2000, and the up close interaction with Ho Chi Minh City traffic, it was another memorable day on our Princess Cruises voyage to Asia. Thanks for joining us for this cruise vlog as we travel to Japan for our Diamond Princess Asia Cruise. We’ve got much more Asia cruise adventures ahead. We’ll have some Asia cruise tips, more cruise vlogs from Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore.
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