Pitt and Jolie on Nov. 23
Le Quang Nhat/AP
11/24/2006 at 10:00 AM EST
After spending their first Thanksgiving holiday together aiding earthquake victims
in Pakistan last year, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made going global a tradition this year, visiting Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.
The couple started with a self-guided tour of the Vietnamese city and then dined at a popular local restaurant converted from an old temple.
They were spotted cruising around the city, formerly known as Saigon, on a motorcycle – with Pitt driving and Jolie perched on the back, the Associated Press reports.
Asked by a local newspaper how he felt about traveling the busy streets, Pitt replied, "There will be no problem," adding, "We had a wonderful day in Vietnam."
The local press wasted no time in snapping photos, some of which appeared Friday in state-run newspapers – but not everyone was starstruck. A construction worker in Hanoi told Reuters: "I saw the pictures in the newspaper but still have no idea why the fuss about these Westerners. But now maybe I will watch their movies to know why."
Pitt and Jolie, who have been in India
while Jolie films A Mighty Heart,
arrived in Ho Chi Minh City just days after President Bush and his wife Laura visited the area Monday. The Bushes were in Vietnam for the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hanoi.
Earlier this week, Jolie made an unannounced visit
to son Maddox's birth country, Cambodia, where she pledged to aid conservation efforts.