AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Saigon: A Truly Modern City


Posted on Dec 18, 2013

Saigon has a very different vibe to the rest of Vietnam. In fact it feels totally different to anywhere we have visited so far. The main reason for this is by how modern and western it feels. Big wide streets, wide footpaths, parks dotted around the city and a real hustle and bustle feel. The parks are filled with people, day and night, break dancing, yoga and playing games. There are fitness machines in the park free of charge to use...

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Saigon: The View from the 52nd Floor


Posted on Dec 18, 2013

When wandering around the city last night we could see a tower taller than all others in the city, covered with hundreds of white lights. You can just see it in the background rising above the other buildings. Today we were walking by the river and saw it from another angle. It had a platform sticking out of it near the top. At first I thought this might be some kind of observation deck, but as we kept looking neither of us saw any...

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Camera Issues

Camera Issues


Posted on Dec 17, 2013

We bought the Sony NEX-6 for this trip. It is small and lightweight but has interchangeable lenses so we can swap depending on the type of photography we want (usually landscape or close up). We have the 16-50mm and the 55-210mm lenses. The 16-50 is fantastic, it has a large range but is such a compact lens. This gives us a picture quality on par with lower end  DSLR cameras but for a fraction of the weight and size. But a few...

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Saigon: Cu Chi Tunnels


Posted on Dec 17, 2013

Today was our first day in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and we booked a tour to take us well out of the city to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These are a massive network of tunnels built during the 50s and 60s to hide Vietnamese soldiers and allow them to attack the enemy then disappear. Originally used against the French then expanded during the Vietnam war against the Americans. We were led into the forest and shown a normal piece of ground. Our...

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