Phu My, Vietnam

2018 HAL World Cruise

Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Cruising into Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by everybody including the Vietnamese) is not a joyous arrival.  First off, the port is not in Saigon—it’s in Phu My.  Getting to Saigon is a long and arduous process involving a 2-hour bus ride.  Once in the city, it is hot (96 degrees) and dusty.  We have done this trek many times; but this time, we opted to visit the resort town of Vung Tau instead.  Only a 45-minute drive from the port.  Along the way, we passed through Tan Hoa and Ba Ria stopping to view Buddhist Temples and take some pictures.  We had a great day and returned to the dock, shopping the tiny market shipside before boarding.

On the dock in Phu My.  That's a tiny market set up between the buses!
On the dock in Phu My. That’s a tiny market set up between the buses!
Chua Phat Linh Temple in Tan Hoa on the way to Vung Tau.
Chua Phat Linh Temple in Tan Hoa on the way to Vung Tau.
Chua Phat Linh Temple
Chua Phat Linh Temple
Chua Phat Linh Buddhist Temple
Chua Phat Linh Buddhist Temple
Along the highway to Vung Tau.
Along the highway to Vung Tau.
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This is like an interstate highway to Vung Tau–but note the scooter lane on the right!
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In Ba Ria, we came across a memorial, inside a rounabout, dedicated to those who died in the war.
Chua Linh Son Temple in Vung Tau
Chua Linh Son Temple in Vung Tau
Chua Linh Son Temple in Vung Tau
Chua Linh Son Temple in Vung Tau
Incense, in graduated sizes, for sale!
Incense, in graduated sizes, for sale!
Waterfall at Chua Linh Son Temple.
Waterfall at Chua Linh Son Temple.
At the So Vang Restaurant, on the beach, in Vung Tau.
At the So Vang Restaurant, on the beach, in Vung Tau.
The Vung Tau version of Christ the Redeemer!
The Vung Tau version of Christ the Redeemer!
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer
Lovely flowers
Lovely flowers
bamboo on the move
bamboo on the move
That's a little pig in the cage.
That’s a little pig in the cage.
A tiny temple tucked away amongst other shops and offices.
A tiny temple tucked away amongst other shops and offices.

 

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