We started our day with an early flight from Danang to Saigon. Landing in Saigon was a definite change in weather- 95 and humid when we stepped outside! Our new tour guide “Steven” (his English name) took us on an immediate city tour with stops at the City’s Central Post office and Notre Dame Cathedral.
After an early morning, a stop for Vietnamese Coffee was needed for most of the group, and McDonald’s for others! A noticeable change here in Saigon compared to our previous cities is the western influence. KFC, McDonald’s and Popeyes are easily found. After lunch, we toured the Reunification Palace where the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of the palace to raise their flag and end the Vietnam War (known as the Civil War here).
After checking into the very nice Edenstar Hotel, we headed to a group dinner with more Spring Rolls and bbq spicy prawns, followed by an AO Show at the Saigon Opera House. This show is acultural performance that highlights life in Vietnam performed by local circus performers, dancers, athletes and artists. It was a beautiful experience!