Saigon, or as it’s now known, Ho Chi Minh City, is a port city, and so it’s been settled by many different peoples, merchants and traders over the centuries. Khmer fishermen lived here before the Nguyen Dynasty came in. Later the French colonists, looking for a trading post in SE Asia, seized the city and declared it the capital of French Cochinchina.
*** We have many more posts on Vietnam still to come ~ watch this space! ***
We spent six weeks in Vietnam during February/March 2017. We very much enjoyed meeting the people, learning a little about the different cultures around the country, including some of the ethnic minorities in central and NW Vietnam. Oh and the food!
Sapa is a town in the mountains of NW Vietnam, near the Chinese border. The French used it as an escape from the heat of Hanoi. It’s now popular as a base for visiting the ethnic minority villages around: the Black Hmong, Flower Hmong, Red Dao and others. We very much enjoyed a two day motorbike tour with Sapa O’Chau, which included a homestay in a Red Dao village.