Ho Chi Minh City is famous for a number of tourist sites including its Post Office,Notre Dame Cathedral and its Harrowing Vietnam War Museum.What is not so well known is the city’s history museum telling the story of the country for the last 30,000 years.
Tucked away in a side street off a main road next to the city’s botanical gardens this gem of a museum includes numerous artifacts dating from the Stone Age to the present day.
When you get there you are greeted by a large Buddha in a room full of Buddhas from different Asian countries.
The Buddha here is a reproduction of the oldest known Buddha in Vietnam dating back to the eleventh century
The museum had some fine costumes and an interesting exhibit showing how ethically diverse the South Vietnamese with no fewer than 34 different indigenous groups in the country .
The sad thing is that we weren’t able to see the whole museum including more modern exhibits.officially designated as disabled friendly some of the rooms were inaccessible to wheelchairs because you had to go up a flight of steps.Also the ramp to the entrance was so steep that I needed the assistance of some fit young Vietnamese lads to get to the top.
Our taxi driver also helped Margaret get up the stairs to the museum’s cafe. On the plus side it had a very good accessible disabled toilet.
Finally since we were last in Vietnam the number of scooter boys and girls has grown on the roads. See a previous blog. So much so the latest new expressway has a a segregated lane for the daredevil scooter drivers Even there they move faster than some motor vehicles weaving around to overtake each other – just like in Ho Chi Minh City.
I loved dien bien phu. took a pic at Gen Giap’s desk. then stayed at the hotel where Hanoi Jane took refuge in the cellar.
Compared with us and the Germans “beating them at their own game” the Vietnamese are cool about having thrashed the French and the Yanks.
I reflected too that the domino theory was always non-sense – they dislike the Chinese more than anyone.