So there were three things on the agenda today, Market, Independence Palace, and the War Museum.
After yesterdays failure at walking to the Market we're glad to say we made it in time for breakfast. We found a really nice little stall with a young girl who helped us as much she could. We went around the market trying to find 3 tailored shirts to go with Tom's suit. As you can imagine this wasn't easy and after about an hour of moving from stall to stall, looking at materials, bartering and phone calls we walked away empty handed. Still an option to buy some later but thought it would to best to send everything home together.
After a few hours of being man-handled by the women at the stalls we left the market at 11:00. Turns out all the government run places (tourist attractions) close for two hours over lunch. So we had little option but to check on the suit and sit and have a drink.
Just before 1pm we set off out again and walked to the Independence Palace, the building in which government assembles take place and where the war was run from in south Vietnam. Thinking it was worth a visit we went round for an hour. We took a photo as we arrived, the cellar was pretty cool with old 70s war radios but there wasn't much else to see.
We moved onto the war museum which was built to show the impact the Americans made on this country during the war and since. It was really interesting with some awful sorties of those who live here, really well presented, if not a little biased.
In the evening we found a nice place with Vietnamese food but focused towards Japanese tourists. We both had a couple of good deals but were totally baffled by the Japanese insistence to knock on a toilet door if the door is locked. It happened to the both of us twice, if the toilet was busy they would stand in front of it and give it a knock and constantly try the handle,what are they hoping to achieve? Will it make the person using the toilet any quicker, no, in fact it gave Rachael stage fright! Very odd.
At 9pm we went to the tailors to try Tom's new suit. He tried it on and it was a perfect fit. We are going to head to the post office tomorrow morning and get it sent home, all ready for when Tom starts work in March.