CITY TOUR WITH SFDT
Date: August 5th, 2018
Time: 9 am
Pick up address: Grand Saigon Hotel, 8 Đong Khoi, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC.
Guests: David Griffiths and his wife Barbara from New Zealand.
Guides:Thanh Long Nguyễn and Ngọc Minh
We picked up our guests at Grand hotel at 8:50. We introduced ourselves and I told our guests about our tour. After that we moved to the first place the Opera House .Because their hotel was near there. In there we told them about Gothic style construction,Cai Luong, about the Caravelle hotel and the wedding of vice-president Nguyen Cao Ky. Then we moved to Nguyen Hue walking street and. They asked me about Pitexco towel and the People Commitee building, we took some photos there.
In Ben Thanh market, we let them know about Ao dai, coffee bean in Vietnam and filter coffee and also why the market is usually crowded in the morning. In the Notre Dame Basilica, we showed them the structure of the church. It’s a combination between Gothic and Roman style in that time. We met an old man who spoke English very well and they talked with our guests and asked our guests to buy a picture with $1.
I advised them that they shouldn’t buy it but they told me they thought that just like donation. Next, we came to the Centre Post office and Nguyen Van Binh book street. Last but not least, we went to Independent Palace, in there we discussed about the story of the Palace. We also gave them information about the structure of this Palace. David said that he found lot of people came to that palace were America. And I told him that some of them were in the U.S army in the war time so they wanted to remember about the memories.
I told him, every countries they just let you know about the good side of history and some hidden truths , so you had to see history in two sides. They invited us to drink at a coffee shop in the palace campus. We talked about a lot of things in there such as tourism in Vietnam and New Zealand, multicultural in their country, their children, about some countries in Commonwealth, etc. David and Barbara were very nice and generous. In that tour, we really learned from them a lot of things.