Zachary Marine

Zachary Marine

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Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    Which places should I visit to find remains of the war in Vietnam?

    Hi Alan. I just spent a month traveling Vietnam and, although seeing war remains wasn't the main focus of my trip, I have a few places I can suggest. First off, I will echo the suggestion to visit the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. It's absolutely fantastic, especially the third floor exhibit of wartime photography. It's probably the only museum I've ever gone back to a second day, and I went back specifically to look at the jaw-dropping photos again. Outside of that, the citadel at Hue might be interesting to see in light of the intense fighting that went on there. However, evidence of the fighting is minimal and so unless you come with a knowledge of what took place or seek photos demonstrating the action, it's mostly just going to be a ruined palace. Still, the major wartime locale that people visit is quite near to Hue in a town called Danang. It is the jumping-off point for half-day and full-day tours of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). I will caution though that I heard it's rather a waste of time, with very little in the way of sites or substance; as a result of those commentaries I didn't go on a DMZ tour, so I can't actually confirm or deny those statements. What I can add, though, is that I've heard that you'll reach a spot and the guide will say, "such and such happened in this field" and, unless you know much about that event, it's pretty meaningless. The flip side, of course, is that if you do know something about the war, it might be a lot more substantive than the negative reviews make it seem. The last place that I can recall coming across is B-52 Lake in Hanoi. It's a lake where an American B-52 was shot down, crashing into the lake. The crushed plane is still visible sticking up out of the water-- google it! Hope that helps a bit. over 8 years ago

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    Best cheap places to eat in ho chih minh?

    You might have already figured this out or left the area, but there are two side alleys behind Bui Vien near the intersection with De Tham, right in the heart of the backpacker district. There's pretty cheap food there and all kinds of offerings from Indian to Italian to Vietnamese (of course). By far the cheapest food you'll find though is the Buhn Mi that you can get from street vendors basicaly everywhere in HCMC-- it's a baguette with various cuts of meat and for 15,000 dong (~$0.75) is a great way to fill up cheaply and quickly. over 8 years ago