Cat Lai Terminal + Reunification Palace

This morning, we visited Cat Lai Terminal where we witnessed a whole lot of packing crates being moved on and off of ships. This terminal receives up to 16,000 crates each day from countries around the world. These crates are subject to customs and even manual inspections in some cases. Anything can be transported, even refrigerated goods (when they are in the proper white crates with refrigeration. We learned a bit about the behind the scenes – how crates are tracked, the ways the port handles customs, and more. They have become increasingly reliant on new technology since this makes keeping track of this many crates at least slightly easier.

In the afternoon, we visited the Reunification Palace (originally named the President’s Palace due to the nature of its inhabitants). Since 1975, the Palace has been preserved as a museum. Since the capital of Vietnam is in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City does not need a place for the president to stay. This museum was incredibly beautiful, as well as surprisingly large for what was once a house. It was incredible getting to see how much history this Palace contains. In the basement (one of the few basements, at least) we saw countless rooms dedicated to mapping out the war and other war related activities. I was extremely intrigued by all of these after learning so much about the war.

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