Spent the morning on a sightseeing tour, starting with the Reunification Palace, the old Presidential Palace, remembered by Australians around at the time for TV footage of the Americans evacuating personal from the roof by helicopters and also news photographs of the Viet Cong crashing tanks through the front gates at the end of the war.
We then stopped at the War Museum, old American military equipment and many very graphic, disturbing photographs taken during and after the war.
Then stopped at a Lacquer works factory, shown the process of decorating wooden items with paint, egg shells and/or mother of pearl then polishing and lacquering them. It had the usual 'buying opportunity' at the end of the tour.
Lacquer Works Factory
Then to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the French built Post Office building before heading to lunch.
The afternoon we walked to the Ben Thanh markets, these are a must to see, but can be quite confronting in some of the narrow walkways with the store owners trying to get you to buy.
Some interesting work practices - he does have a safety line on.
Finished the day with a couple of Tiger beers on the rooftop bar of the hotel which overlooks the city.