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Rain in Ho Chi Minh on our last day in Vietnam
During the last few days of our three weeks in Vietnam, I mentioned to Linh that I'd just realised that it hadn't rained at all during our visit. I did wonder how people desert the streets and take cover since I'd heard that when it does rain, its heavy.

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Well, typically, it rained the day before we left. And the streets are no less empty, although it did seem that people were making their way to cover. These guys below were filing into the temple opposite us.

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Little Nuna the Mini Chihuahua
This is the amazing little Nuna the Chihuahua who was one of our gracious hosts in Vietnam. She is a particularly tiny breed of Chihuahua and managed to keep us entertained and comfortable during our three weeks living in Ho Chi Minh.

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When she wasn't scampering around our feet showing us where not to step, she gladly gave herself up to distract us from the blistering heat. But not too much. She kept us coming for more by tantalisingly keeping out of arms reach whenever our hands approached her.

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Penguin and Bud’s Ice Cream in Ho Chi Minh
We didn't exactly visit Vietnam for ice cream, but we saw an article about a place called Penguin. It looked a little gimmicky, but had cute designs all over the interiors and presented ice cream dishes made into colourful characters. With the heat the way it was, we needed no further excuse to try it out.

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It's still hot in the evening so we ventured out on two wheels to Penguin, which is in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh. Its not a busy place but then I'm guessing at prices ranging around 50,000 VND (approx. £2), this ice cream is a bit more of a luxury for the majority of people here.

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7 Day Road Trip from South to Central Vietnam
From the 20th March to the 26th March, Linh's father hired a minibus and driver and together with his family and us, all took a road trip up to Central Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh in the South. So apart from when we made our way out of the towns and cities, our view in these seven days looked mostly like this:

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When we stopped for petrol and toilet breaks, this was our view:

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Deformities at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh
The War Remnants Museum in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City aims to systematically study, collect, preserve and display exhibits on war crimes and the aftermath that foreign agressive forces have imposed on the Vietnamese people. It's therefore one of the places to go to appreciate the real-life effects of the Vietnam War, outside of all the Hollywood films of course.

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It is also the location of a scene during the UK programme episode Top Gear: Vietnam Special, where the three presenters are displaying their proudy acquired motorbikes (apart from Jeremy Clarkson).

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