S: Vietnam Trip April 2011
BC: Made by Dorothy Mark, assistance of Pamela Savage July 2011
FC: V I E T N A M | Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) | Hanoi | Nha Trang | Halong Bay
1: Welcome to Vietnam We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on April 6, 2011. We came to support Luis Palau and his outreach team in Vietnam. | Our band of nine stayed at the New World Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. We were John and Dorothy, Bill, Drew, Keith, Thomas, Mita, Anne, and Avery. Our diverse group enjoyed each other as we traveled throughout Vietnam.
2: Scenes of Ho Chi Minh City, home to 8 million people, still called Saigon by many. Lots of traffic, 4 million motorbikes, where crossing the street is a step of faith!
4: Scenes of people commuting with passengers and purchases.
5: Public building, back of a church built by the French, loaded motorbikes!
6: We stopped for lunch at Ben Nay Riverside Restaurant on our way to the tunnels. The entry to the tunnels was hidden by leaves. Below left is the visitor entrance to the tunnel complex.
7: Cu Chi Historical Monument Ben Duoc Underground Tunnel Complex | This tunnel complex is part of the Cu Chi Battlefield underground tunnel system. It is classified as a national level relic and was part of the anti-American resistance, also the place of eating, accommodation, meeting and an exclusive battlefield.
8: Scenes with mannequins and visitors in the living and working compound at the tunnels.
9: War /Remnants Museum | A museum comprised of US military equipment used during the Vietnam War.
10: Minh Phuong Shop We stopped here to observe how laquerware is made. | All items are made by handicapped individuals in a painstaking, elaborate process.
11: These are examples of the diversity of design possible. The artists incorporate natural materials in to the designs, such as egg shells. We purchased our Vietnam souvenir at this shop. (Upper left)
12: The Luis Palau Evangelistic Event in Ho Chi Minh City ~working closely with local church leaders
14: The Museum of Vietnamese History Ho Chi Minh City | Bike carrying fish traps.
15: Po Nagar Cham Towers founded before 781 AD | Nha Trang Bay- considered one of the world's most beautiful bays.
16: Vin Pearl Resort and Spa A tropical paradise and retreat with the largest swimming pool in Southeast Asia.
18: We took the cable car into Nha Trang to visit the Marketplace. This coastal city is known for its pristine beaches and is fast becoming a popular destination for International tourists.
19: Roadside scenes we saw while traveling between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.
20: Scenes of homes and traffic along the road.
21: We stopped to shop at a bazaar featuring statuary.
22: Ha Long Bay
23: Ha Long Bay Picturesque views of thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves of the bay.
24: Caves at Halong Bay Limestone formations under colored lights. | Sam Truong,our tour guide | Andrew Palau
25: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology | replicas of tribal housing | Tay House Avery in her tribe's house | Bahnar Communal house | Ede Longhouse | Giarai Tomb | Sexually explicit carvings and those of pregnant women are symbols of fertility.
26: In 1076 Vietnam's first university was established | Open Pavilion for studying and leisure | Van Mieu Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius in 1070
27: Confucius | Women playing unusual musical instruments
28: Floral decorations on the grounds of the Temple of Literature
30: Ho Chi Minh's Vestige in the Presidential Palace Area | The house on | Mausoleum | Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts | Ho Chi Minh | Presidential Palace
31: Ho Chi Minh Museum
32: Hoa Lo Prison known as Hanoi Hilton
33: Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel built in 1999. We stayed here while in Hanoi. | Cathy Pacific departed April 17, 2011 | Opera House | Buying jewelry for the Mark women.