Vung Tau Ahead, Museums, and other thoughts

Tomorrow I head on off to Vung Tau for a few days of something completely different. Its about a 2 hour ride on the catamaran from Ho Chi Minh City to there and there are a few beaches, some historic stuff to see, and some food to check out. I doubt in a little over 2 days I will make it to a representative slice of the city but I do plan on walking all of the day on Friday since its my only full day there.

My hotel is centrally located in the city so I should be able to get around and see things. I decided on this trip just a few days ago and its really easy to find the places to go and then fill in the blanks for local transit to and from. In this case, there is a water taxi that takes you there on the Saigon River so you get to see a view of the city from the river that is probably different than the landlocked views from walking up and down the sidewalks.

Museums Calling

I still have museums calling my name here. I still want to get to the Museum of History which is about a 20 minute walk from my homestay. That may be the last museum here I want to do but I’ll wait and see. This place has a way of suddenly prompting me to do yet another historic site, temple, pagoda, or whatever once I’m out walking. I have done the Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, and the War Remnants museum.

What I love about going to museums is not only the artifacts but often the presentation. A lot of the buildings here that house museums are older French colonial buildings which have this charm and beauty which always is surprising to me. Circular staircases, beautiful windows, views out to the courtyards. Just gorgeous. I think I’ve captured a few of the museums in photographs here.

Other Places and Things

I will also get to China town next week on the bus. Its about a 30 minute bus ride and I know how to do it now. I think the attraction there is not only the market but also the cultural thing that it has going. I want to really spend some time wandering and seeing the place.

Then there’s just the wandering and city seeing I like to do. There are a number of places I have not seen yet which I want to walk to and take some photography of. Some are longer walks so I will probably spend a day each on them.

Catching it all up

But now its all about my little side trip coming up tomorrow! I love doing the side trips. Its like a wandering within a wandering. Sometimes completely unplanned which makes it even more fun!