|After spending the night at anchor in Bak Cokong we cruised for 4-1/2 hours to Saigon (it seems no one calls it Ho Chi Minh City except for the government). We were sorry to leave the Toum Teav as we had a wonderful time cruising some 350 miles down the Mekong on our private vessel. Saigon is a bustling city of 9 million people who drive 8 million motorcycles seemingly all at the same time.
We made a very quick visit to War Remembrance Museum which depicts the French and American wars from the Vietnamese perspective. Our time there was much too short so we plan to go back on our own tomorrow.
After lunch at a restaurant named "Propoganda" (the Vietnamese have a sense of humor) we had an interesting lecture at at the Vietnam National University from a sociology professor about the culture of Vietnam.
Before dinner we went to the rooftop garden at the Rex Hotel which was the main lodging and meeting place for jurnalists covering the Vietnam war. From there we traveled across the city to have dinner at the home of a retired professor of bio-medical science who has become an accomplished cook and cooking teacher in her retirement.