EXPLORING HO CHI MINH CITY
Viet Nam is one of the Southeast Asia countries which is gradually becoming a very popular destination for travelers all over the world; from the peaceful beaches to the lively cities, from the unique street food to the most famous traditional dishes and cuisines, and especially the cheap price and the friendliness of people here. Among the best places, Ho Chi Minh is an attractive city that cannot be missed. Ho Chi Minh city is often called with its former name Sai Gon, this is the largest economic center of the country so people from many regions have been coming here to look for opportunities, creating an amazing, bustling city, diverse in culture and cuisine.
Flight tickets to Ho Chi Minh city may vary depending on when you book, around $ 200 – $ 500, flights from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh city are around $30 – $100 and September is typically the most ideal month to fly to this beautiful city. The weather here is hot and humid throughout the year so you should prepare some shorts and sleeveless T-shirts to enjoy your trip better ! Beside you can go to travelaki.com to buy airline tickets with bitcoin.
Ho Chi Minh tourism is very developed so that transportations in the city are very cheap and various such as Taxi, Bus, Motorbike, Cyclo, … The price from the airport to the center for Bus is around 20,000 VND ( $ 1) and Taxi around 90,000 VND – 120,000 VND ($ 5). Besides, you can rent a motorbike in District 1 with a price of about VND 80,000 – VND 200,000 ($ 4 – $ 8) depending on the model.
Travel to Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam
There are many famous tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, the most famous one is the central area with both classical and modern architectural works that you should pay a visit to :
1. Notre Dame Cathedral
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, an 18th Century Catholic Cathedral built by the French is one of the most visit places for tourists and even the locals. It brings a great vibe for all religions with its classical architecture. It’s close to many plazas and food stores, especially the Central Post Office built in the French colonial times. The area at night is nice and filled with people and street vendors.
2. Reunification Palace
Being the symbol of the Viet Nam national independence, the Reunification Palace of Viet Nam holds a lot of historical values and relics. You will have great experiences and a sum-up of history by touring all of the well-reserved rooms and the exhibitions inside. The entrance ticket price is around $1.3 – $1.5
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 11:00 & 13:00 – 16:00
3. War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum Vietnam is an interesting place that attracts a lot of tourists. Most of the tourists come here with their curiosity about the wars and what had happened in the past. You will be overwhelmed with the tanks, helicopters, guns which were used during the wars; strategy rooms and maps, pictures and information about all of the tragic events. The entrance ticket price is 15.000 vnđ ( ~ $ 1 )
Opening hours: Daily 7:30 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 17:00
4. Dragon House Wharf
Dragon House Wharf is also a famous historical site you should visit in Ho Chi Minh city. This was where president Ho Chi Minh embarked in 1911, he got onto the French ship Admiral Latouche Treville, left the country finding the way and changes to the national salvation. This is home to more than 3,000 pictures and 700 artifacts relating to President Ho Chi Minh, including many publication documents and the journals of his revolutionary life. The entrance ticket price is around 10.000vnđ – 15.000vnđ (~ $ 1)
Opening Hous: Daily 7:30 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
5. Bitexco Tower
Being one of the 4th highest skyscrapers in Viet Nam after Landmark 81, Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower và Lotte Center Hanoi, Bitexco Financial Tower has attracted millions of tourists with its interesting unique shape. Taking inspiration from Lotus, It symbolizes a modern, energetic and economic success city. If you are a skyscraper lover, you shouldn’t miss out on the breathtaking view from Saigon Skydeck, located on the 49th floor with a 360 degrees view.
6. Packbacker street
Packbacker Street (or Bui Vien Street) is a noisy, bustling and friendly place. It’s close to the center and easy to get around. Like every Packbacker street in the world, you can find cheap hotels/ dorms/ inns here and the lively, colorful nightlife will never disappoint you. Fancy bars and pubs next to cheap street food stores and vendors would be a fun experience you might not wanna miss!
There are many areas for the foreign community around the country and especially in big cities, remember to check out Packbacker Street while traveling in Ha Noi .
7. China Town
China Town HCM is located in District 5, about 25- 30 mins away from District 1 depending on the traffic. In here, you will get to experience a different taste of Sai Gon. Many Chinese families have been here for generations so that all of the houses, stores, pagodas are kept and built in traditional Chinese designs. You can tour around the markets, the lantern street, the ancient-built pagodas and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at a normal pace of life.
8. Cu Chi Tunnel
Located 40km away from the Center of Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnel is one of the most famous attractions in the South Viet Nam. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as the hiding spot during the war, it has immensely long and complex networks of tunnels, rooms connecting to each other. The area on the ground is filled with deathly booby traps and camouflaged trap doors. It probably is the best experience for foreigners!
9. Mekong Delta
Opposite with the modern city life, Mekong Delta will bring you a much different experience on the cultural life here. It takes around 2.5 -3 hours from Ho Chi Minh city to Mekong Delta, located in southwestern Vietnam. You would love touring around either on a small kayak or a fancy cruise, you will get to see the unique busy life of people on the floating village and disembark to try out the taste of many fresh, tropical, exotic fruits here such as Rambutan, Longan, Durian ..etc.
Ho Chi Minh City is also known for the quintessence of cuisines, not only can you experience famous dishes such as Vietnamese-style Pho, Bread; but also discover more unique delicious dishes such as Bun Bo Hue, Com Tam, Banh Xeo, Goi Cuon, etc..Besides, the street food here will bring you interesting experiences with the flavors during your journey.
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