The War Remnants Museum is a must see if you are interested in Vietnam’s history of combat with both the French and the Americans. Inside there are lots of informative displays focusing on biological warfare, weaponry and details of Vietnam’s armies during the war.
Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. Few museums anywhere drive home so effectively the brutality of war and its many civilian victims. Many of the atrocities documented here were well publicised but rarely do Westerners get to hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories. While the displays are one-sided, many of the most disturbing photographs illustrating US atrocities are from US sources, including those of the infamous My Lai Massacre. US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons are on display outside. One corner of the grounds is devoted to the notorious French and South Vietnamese prisons on Phu Quoc and Con Son Islands. Artefacts include that most iconic of French appliances, the guillotine, and the notoriously inhumane ‘tiger cages’ used to house Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists; VC) prisoners. The ground floor of the museum is devoted to a collection of posters and photographs showing support for the antiwar movement internationally. This somewhat upbeat display provides a counterbalance to the horrors upstairs. Even those who supported the war are likely to be horrified by the photos of children affected by US bombing and napalming. You’ll also have the rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets, such as the flechette , an artillery shell filled with thousands of tiny darts. Upstairs, look out for the Requiem Exhibition . Compiled by legendary war photographer Tim Page, this striking collection documents the work of photographers killed during the course of the conflict, on both sides, and includes works by Larry Burrows and Robert Capa. The War Remnants Museum is in the former US Information Service building. Captions are in Vietnamese and English.
Ho Chi Minh has a bunch of museums in the city. The war remnants museum is the best out of them all. This museum is very anti-american and shows only one side of the war story. Nevertheless, it is worth the visit. Other museums include the art museum (I loved it) and the reunification palace. Don't forget to do a bit of shopping at the Ben Thanh Market. It has got all the good brands for dirt cheap prices.
The War Remnants Museum is a necessary visit while in Ho Chi Minh City. The museum has many tanks, fighters planes and is a remembrance of tragic history through the pictures, stories, and details of such a devastating event (some images might be disturbing here). Later in the day Chinatown is a hive of activity, full of temples, restaurants, jade ornaments and medicine shops.
From Wikitravel: Cu Chi Tunnels is located 40km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnels are an elaborate underground community made up of 250km of tunnels and chambers below the city. The tunnels were dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940’s and further expanded during the Vietnam War in 1960’s to provide refuge and a defensive advantage over the American Soldiers. So despite all the bombings in South Vietnam, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their lives beneath the soil – where they slept, ate, wed, gave birth, planned attacks, healed their sick and taught their young. Originally published here. We stayed at Saigon’s Sports 1 Hotel at USD30 per night with free buffet breakfast for two. The room can actually accommodate three persons but you need to pay extra USD3 for the buffet. The narrow lot/floor area was something noticeable of Saigon as most of establishments around occupies an average of 75-100sqms. Another uniquely famous about Vietnam is their coffee. According to some, it’s far beyond the Starbucks taste... Hmmm.... as a coffee addict, I was longing for the morning already to savor Vietnam’s coffee....