Transportation is a key to development as it can make trades more efficient and help the developing country to import technology, resources, and ideas from developed countries easier. Today, I had a chance to visit Cat Lai Terminal, one of the key ports of Ho Chi Minh City’s port system. The terminal reached the Top 25 leading ports in the world with the import-export container market share of over 90% in the South region and nearly 50% of the country. I have learned a little bit of Supply Chains from the Quantitative Methods course, and witnessing how the concept was used in practice was academically very helpful. When I got to see the inside of the control tower, I was able to see how the corporation organized the distributions of containers, how containers were labeled, and how each shipment was scheduled. Also, the terminal adopted the smart-port system, which abled locating every container on computer and made transactions go paperless.
After the visit, we went to tour the Reunification Palace, which was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Palace was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. It was interesting to see different parts of the building with my own eyes that I learned from the documentary before the trip. Soon after I got back to the hotel soaked in sweat, the tailor came in with the traditional clothes that I will get to wear for the farewell dinner (and every Halloween party).