Vietnam Impression


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Frankly, I know noth­ing about Viet­nam before this. I thought it would be less devel­oped and major­ity of the peo­ple still liv­ing in poverty.

But man I was proven so wrong after the 5-day trip to Ho Chi Minh City (the cap­i­tal of Viet­nam) in early Novem­ber 2011 with Peter and Sophea.

This post is about my first impres­sion of Viet­nam in gen­eral, I’ll post my trav­el­ogue soon.

HCMC (short for Ho Chi Minh City) is a big city which I didn’t expect it to be that big with so many skyscrapers.

There are sev­eral things I found it inter­est­ing in HCMC and the first thing that had us jaw-dropped when we arrived at the city was of course, the infa­mous traf­fic situation.

The amount of motor­cy­cles on the road was just incred­i­ble. How they dis­hon­our the traf­fic lights, criss-crossing among each other while honk­ing all the way was really an eye-opening scene.

Another inter­est­ing phe­nom­e­non is how Viet­namese love their coffee.

Drink­ing cof­fee is like their cul­ture, their iden­tity and their only rea­son to con­tinue liv­ing. Okay maybe not to that extend.

But their love for cof­fee is def­i­nitely unde­ni­able. You will see peo­ple sell­ing and drink­ing cof­fee at every side­walk all day long. When Viet­namese talk about their cof­fee, their eyes sparkle. If they can put cof­fee beans on their national flag, I bet they would.

So what is so spe­cial about their cof­fee? The cof­fee has some spe­cial roasted taste and it tastes really really kao (thick) it’s almost like the espresso of the espresso.

When added with some con­densed milk and lots and lots of ice (usu­ally how they drink it), the taste is just superb and satisfying!

It took me a few try to get used to the taste of the cof­fee and the sweet­ness they used to drink, but once you get used to it, you will def­i­nitely ask for more.

Another thing that caught me by sur­prise in HCMC is the num­ber of lux­ury brand stores they have there.

Louis Vuit­ton, Chanel, Ver­sace, Jimmy Choo and Burberry just to men­tion a few. And sur­pris­ingly, their prices are so much cheaper than Malaysia, almost by half! Too bad even cheaper by half I still can’t afford a sin­gle item from those places.

So this is it, my ini­tial impres­sion of Viet­nam in gen­eral. The city is devel­op­ing and the peo­ple are progressing.

I’ll post my trav­el­ogue from day 1 to 5 soon where we found out the painful his­tory of the Viet­namese peo­ple and a num­ber of inci­dents that caught us off guard includ­ing how I lost and found my pre­cious belong­ing.

Stay tuned.


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CommentNo. 1

Veronica Lee11 December 20118:36 PM

Hey Den­nis! GLAD you’re back! Happy to see you updated some­thing after so long.

There’s a ques­tion i would like to ask regard­ing this post, are you using a wide angle lens? And what mm is it? :) Any replies will be appreciated.

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Den­nis Lee11 December 201111:28 PM

Hi Veron­ica, thanks for check­ing back!

Yes, all of the shots above are taken with the ultra wide angle lens Tok­ina 11-16mm f/2.8 except the side­walk shot and the cof­fee shots.

And almost all of them are taken at 11mm.

Hope the answer helps :)

CommentNo. 3

Veronica Lee12 December 201112:44 AM

It sure did! Thank you very much. Hope to see more from you :)

CommentNo. 4

Max30 December 201111:59 PM

hola… drop by and say hi

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