After our return to Saigon from our Mekong Delta adventure we left our hotel to walk around the city, to shop, and to find a good place for supper. Soon after leaving the hotel we encountered backed up traffic on our street -- so backed up and glutted that the sidewalks on both sides of the street were taken over by motorbikes trying to find shortcuts. We soon discovered the reason for this hazardous situation. The main street was blocked off to allow an endless stream of army buses to reach the various stage and park areas were the military was to be part of the next day's 40th Anniversary Events.
Trying to walk on the sidewalks was very hazardous.
But crossing the street was impossible.
Bill saw a traffic warden and waved and shouted "HELP!"
The officer jumped in with his flashlight and waved us through.
Down a quieter street to the CO.OP Supermarket
Picked up a basket of supplies but we had to put half of them back.
Not enough Dung - and US dollars weren't accepted here.
INVASION OF THE VIETNAMESE ARMY
Army Bus Convoy ~ Many kilometres long
The blocked off street allowing passage of 6,000 troops to the Celebration Stands
Friendly Smiles, Shouts and Waves From All The Troops
"Take my photo!"
Evening Meal at a Japanese Restaurant
Late Night Stroll Back to Hotel
Past a rock climbing wall by a vacant lot
Back to the hotel to
prepare for an long rough drive to Cambodia tomorrow
SAIGON TO CAMBODIA
1. Road Back To Saigon ~ 2. Night in Saigon
3. Saigon to Cambodia I ~ 4. Saigon to Cambodia II
Bill and Sue-On Hillman