Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. Many today still refer to the city as Saigon, though mail addressed to Saigon will not be delivered. It is a thriving city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. While the streets are just as congested as in Hanoi, here the streets tend to be wider and traffic lights more frequent. We are staying in the French Quarter, which includes many interesting sites, such as Notre Dame cathedral and the Central Post Office, constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century.
According to Lonely Planet Vietnam, located at 151 Donh Khoi “is the former Brodart Café, immortalized in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. It’s still a café but it’s now a branch of the Australian Gloria Jean’s chain.” Two problems with this: it’s 131, not 151, and it’s now a Sony store. Guess I won’t be having a coffee there.
Photos taken March 2014 (Nikon D7000).
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