in Vung Tau
19.05.2013 - 22.05.2013 35 °C
And three days left until my departure back to Finland. As I said in my last post we were leaving Saigon on Sunday, however we popped by the War Remnants museum before we left. The museum was much more graphic than any museum I've been to before, even more graphic than the ones I visited in Cambodia. It was well worth a visit though, because even if I knew that things were bad during the Vietnam war for the Vietnamese people, a visit to this museum made it even more real and clear what really went on during the years of the war. The museum consisted mostly of pictures taken during the war with most pictures being very gruesome and not suitable for posting here. However some pictures from the museum are a bit more acceptable.
We left Saigon by Hydrofoil, which is a fancy name for some kind of boat.
The trip only took two hours and when we arrived to Vung Tau we didn't do much than go for some food and then to a café. Since it was my birthday I wanted to surprise my friends with cake but when I sneaked away to order the cake in secret they decided to order a drink for me and order a birthday song. Conveniently enough both arrived at the same time so both my friend and I got a little bit of a "wtf" moment.
Monday was spent on the beach. Even though Vung Tau is considered a resort destination we are the only westerners in the city for some reason, might be thanks to the low season but I'm more convinced that this city has had its glory days. Nevertheless people stare everywhere you go. The beach was nice even though the water was really salty, the temperature was perfect though.
Our hotel is a bit run down but has charm. The rules in the elevator might need some updating though.
Yesterday, Tuesday, some of us went to the beach again but I decided to go in to the city with the other two of us for some window shopping. Was nice to get a closer look at the hometown of one of our classmates back from Finland, which has acted as our guide here in Vietnam. Vung Tau has the largest Jesus statue in the world at around 36 meters so we decided to hike up the mountain in the evening to get a closer look at it. Quite impressive. The highlight of the day though was the breakfast and the dinner in the evening since our classmate recommended that I should try the beef noodle soup, which is a specialty here. Didn't take long before I could confirm this because it's one of the better soups I've ever eaten.
Today we are leaving both Vung Tau and Vietnam for Rangsit in Thailand again to spend our last few days there. Sorry for the lack of updates from Vietnam but it has been nice to just chill and not do anything for a few days.