This morning we went for a walk up to the Reunification Palace, and had a walk through that. The top couple of floors just showed how the President was living at the time (very nicely thank you very much) but underground was the war rooms, map rooms, communications and planning. The walls were solid concrete – 2 feet thick.
From there we walked to Gloria Jeans Coffee Beans – it has air-conditioning and a loo! Much aimless wandering bought us back to the hotel – the humidity is in the 80-90% area, temp mid 30’s and the deodorant is failing. We cooled down for a while and then headed out to the market. The food sections are fascinating. Howard thinks he has found a restaurant with Peking Duck so tonight we will try that. Tomorrow we are heading to the floating markets in the Mekong.
Random asides – not nearly as many push bikes in Saigon as I imagined. But the ones that I have seen being used as businesses are carrying much more load than those in Hoi An. Sometimes you can’t see the bike for the product. Motor bikes are far more widely used, and they carry enormous amounts on them. Most people seen on one motor bike 5 – 2 adults, 3 kids.