|English: Busy street market on Chau Van Diep street, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Lëtzebuergesch: Stroossenszene zu Ho Chi Minh City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Viet Nam. It used to be known as Saigon. While on our Australian cruise we made a stop in Ho Chi Minh City. While on the ship we were told to be aware that there might be feelings towards Americans, due to our involvement in the Viet Nam war. But we did not notice anything except how welcoming the people were to all of the passengers on the ship. We did see people with injuries that tried to exploit us for money (who knows whether they were war injuries or not). But the people of Viet Nam were very gracious.
One of my most eye opening experiences while in Ho Chi Minh City was standing in line to use a bathroom only to find out that the facility only had a squat toilet. I walked into the bathroom and pulled the curtain shut behind me. There was no door, just a curtain. Sitting in the middle of the floor was a hole with foot grips on either side. Next to the 'toilet' was a bucket filled with water and a dipper hanging off the side. Looking at a disgusting bucket filled with used toilet paper I soon came to realize that I did not have to go to the bathroom all that bad and I fled this little stall. I later learned all about the squat toilets of this part of the country. Foul smelling and not very clean appearing. I limited my fluid intake and waited until we found a hotel that would allow us to use the 'modern' facility.
I continue on my way in this A to Z Blogging Challenge.....