Rush hour traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is organized chaos.
We visited the Củ Chi tunnel complex outside of Ho Chi Minh City. It is a massive network of tunnels that was used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. This soldier is demonstrating how to hide in the tunnel.
Once he gets inside, he can cover his head with a board and leaves so he is completely hidden.
Our tour guide, Thai, showing us a Vietnamese millipede he found in the tunnel complex.
Here is an example nasty Viet Cong booby trap used during the Vietnam War.
Me standing next to an American tank that was destroyed by a Viet Cong mine in 1970.
Ordinance used during the Vietnam War.
A monument to North Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh.
The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City was the South Vietnamese headquarters during the Vietnam War. It is also the site where the Vietnam War ended in 1975 when it was captured by the North Vietnamese.
A North Vietnamese tank that was used during the capture of the South Vietnamese headquarters.
A view from the steps of the Reunification Palace looking toward Ho Chi Minh City.
The Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica in Ho Chi Minh opened in 1880 for French colonialists.
Inside the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Stained glass inside the Basilica.
The Saigon Central Post Office was constructed in the late 1880s. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The interior of the Saigon Central Post Office.
The Saigon Opera House is another example of French architecture in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Statue of Ho Chi Minh in front of City Hall.
We took a dinner cruise in Ho Chi Minh City. The boat we took was a traditional junk, but I thought this one looked more unique.
This was a nice looking shrimp dish that we had on a dinner cruise.
Here I am with a couple of Vietnamese girls on the cruise who performed a traditional dance. The formal dress they are wearing is called áo dài.
They dragged me on stage to play some kind of instrument that was made out of two tea cups.
Here is a different costume they wore for a performance.
Nice view of Ho Chi Minh City from a rooftop bar.
Here is my mom wearing a Vietnamese hat called the nón lá. She said it did a good job protecting her from the sun.
Here I am enjoying a coconut drink while on a boat cruising down the Mekong.
Our group boarding a boat for a cruise on the Mekong Delta.
Here is an interesting looking orchid that I saw on the Mekong Delta.
We went to a place on the Mekong Delta where they made honey. This woman was showing us a panel from one of the bee hives. I kept my mom away from this because she is allergic to bee stings.
I got the chance to hold the snake. I didn’t find it scary at all.
Thai next to a python that was kept at a shop on the Mekong Delta. It is probably around six feet long.
I took a picture of some kind of flower in this tree. I do not know what it is called.
We ate a lot of fresh fruit on our trip. Here is some fresh pineapple that was served to us on the Mekong Delta.
This musician is playing a violin-like instrument known as the đàn tranh.
This woman is playing an instrument called the đàn tranh.
We saw a musical group play some traditional Vietnamese music. This musician is playing an instrument called the đàn bầu, which is kind of like a one-string guitar.
A view of a boat on the Mekong Delta.
This electric mixer is preparing a heated coconut mixture used to make a type of candy.
This woman is chopping the processed coconut mixture to make a candy called kẹo dừa.
Our tour guide, Thai, pours some samples of a rice liquor called rượu thuốc. It has cobras in it and is thought to be beneficial for your health.
A view from a canal off of the Mekong River.
We got to ride a donkey cart while visiting the Mekong Delta. It moved pretty fast!
This restaurant we ate at on the Mekong Delta had a very nice setting.
This deep fried whole fish was delicious.
A cold beef and papaya salad served with rice chips. Kind of like the Vietnamese version of chips and salsa.