The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city was a breath of fresh air coming from Phnom Penh. It felt nearly as modern as Bangkok, with warm Christmas decorations everywhere. We noticed right off the bat that the food was great and the people were notably warm and friendly.

There was a local restaurant food expo under way in a park near our guesthouse and we got a chance to sample some nice quality local food.

We took a tour of the Reunification Palace, which was previously the southern headquarters during the U.S. - Vietnam war. Interestingly, all of the usual disturbing historical war photographs are accompanied by descriptions of U.S. atrocities. The famous photos of Buddhist monks self-ablazed is explained as a protest to the U.S. attacks.


  1. So did you notice anti-American sentiment towards you from the people?

  2. No, not at all. They have been the warmest, friendliest people we've encountered yet. If it weren't for us wanting to settle in a more modern city, we may have chosen a spot in Vietnam, just for the people.

  3. The Vietnamese people I am in contact with here in Portland are amazingly nice as well...good to know it's not a coincidence!