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VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

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On Tuesday November 3rd, we pulled in to port in Ho Chi Minh City, (formerly Saigon) Vietnam. This port was interesting, because the only thing that most people know about Vietnam was our war. We had our impressions completely changed after we left. On our first day in Vietnam, and got on a city tour on the bus. Our guide sort of seemed like he only was telling us the good things about Ho Chi Minh City. He said nothing about the corrupt government or the diseases that were common in Vietnam. We went around the city and visited a few museums including one museum that had a traditional “water puppet” show. It has people swimming around under water holding up puppets above the water. They decided to only splash exactly where Eli, Danny, and I were sitting. We got drenched. That was my favorite part of the day. We got back on the ship at 6 o’ clock, and went to bed early to wake up at 4:30.
So, like I said, we woke up at 4:30, and went to breakfast. We got on a plane for Cambodia where again none of us had heard anything about the country except the war. The reason we were there was to see thousand year old temples from the ancient civilization. The first one we went to was called Ta Prohm. It was the only one of some three hundred temples that the French left all of the vegetation on. This hindu and Bhuddist temple had huge trees growing on top of it with the roots going down the walls. It was so cool. I have never seen anything like that. We went to other temples that old, but none of them were that cool. Later that day, we went to the most famous one, Angkor Wat; it was huge. It was so big that we couldn’t even go through the whole thing. One reason it is also famous is because it was used as a militiary base in the Vietnam War. There were French A-K47 bullets all over the pillars of the temple. We went through that for a long time and went back to the hotel. The next day, we went around to about a bazillion different temples, and here they are: Angkor Wat, Ankgkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, and Pre Rup. It was very tiring to go to all those temples in one day, but it was awesome. Every single one was at least 850 years old. We left at 8:45 am, and went back at 9:00pm, so it was a tiring day. The last day, we went to see a floating village. We got on a sort of motorboat and went down the canal, where there were little boats that had been parked and stayed there. It was a little village on boats. There was a floating grocery store and even a floating catholic church. Apparently, if you don’t like your neighbors, you just float away. Instead of cars, they use canoes. It was amazing. We then went to the airport and flew back to Vietnam. In our final day in port, we stayed in Ho Chi Minh City, visiting a pagoda first. We then went shopping in the most humid air I had ever felt. We all wanted to leave the whole time. After we went to a great resturaunt for lunch, we got back on the ship, and our time in port was over.
I thought the Vietnamese language and history was cool. It had all these tones in it that made the meaning of the word change. Pretty much, the only problem I saw was the government. I wouldn’t want to live in a country like Vietnam without freedom of speech. But that, like I said was the only problem, even if it is huge.
My top countries.
Mauritius----- 9.5
South Africa---8.7
Vietnam/Cambodia-------8.65
Spain----------------8.2
India---------------8.1
Ghana-------7.7
Canada-----6.8
Morocco---3.662

Posted by GabrielRR 00:24 Archived in Vietnam Tagged boating

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