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TRAVEL TIPS Ho Chi Minh Tuesday, 01 November 2016

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

When travelling in a new city, you always want to explore true things of the city. To do that, you cannot only visit tourist attractions which are must- try things.

When travelling in a new city, you always want to explore true things of the city. To do that, you cannot only visit tourist attractions which are must- try things but they cannot bring the fullest sense of the life in the place. Therefore there are idyllic things than temple, pagoda, architecture, etc. bringing the closest feeling like beating the same heart with you.

The same in Saigon, you will be surprised by busy life of the place. Don’t be afraid, Saigon is attractive like Audrey Hepburn by its splendid beauty but Saigon becomes more lovely because warm and friendly breath.

Independence Palace

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Hanoi has Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Sai Gon has Independence Palace which is symbol for power of the old regime and is symbol of victory Southern peaceful unification in the new regime. Experienced events of history, Independence Palace become a relic with historical value.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Notre-Dame, with official name the Notre-Dame basilica-cathedral of Saigon, is the largest church and the most particular in Ho Chi Minh City with two 60 meters high bell-towers, located at the city center (No 1 Paris Commune square, 1st district). It is one of the particular religious monuments which attract visitors the best in city.

After the invasion of Vietnam, the French colonists established a church for the religious offices. The first church was built in street 5 (currently Ngo Đuc Ke street). It was a pagoda given up by Vietnamese during the war. Bishop Lefebvre transformed this pagoda into a church. But this one was too small, and in 1863, admiral Bonard decided to build a wooden church on the bank of Charner channel (Kinh Lon). Bishop Lefebvre posed the first stone on March 28th, 1863. Construction touched its term in 1865 and the building was called Saigon church.

City post office

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Forget email and smart phone, come to City post office and send a postcard to your family or friend. Inside the post office, you can see its ancient beauty and France architecture.

Sitting coffee

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Like Saigon young people, try enjoy a cup of coffee on the park or next to the church to enjoy the atmosphere of Saigon and feel the city like local people.

Mix dry rice paper (bánh tráng trộn)

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Don’t leave from Saigon without eating mix dry rice paper like when you come to Hanoi, you don’t eat Pho. If you find a dish standing for morale of Saigon, mix dry rice paper is symbol of lively, various and harmonious city.

A Saigon with sudden rainy and sudden sunny

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Saigon with sudden rains in sunny day will brings interesting experiences for tourists. Sometimes, while wallowing into beauty of city in sunny day, rain is suddenly pouring.

The city opera house

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Nightlife

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Having difference to bustling speed of day time, Saigon in night becomes more attractive and mystic with twinkle and splendid lights. This is time to start nightlife of Saigon people.

Peaceful Saigon in a new day

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

In almost cities, early morning is the time to feel peace and soul of the city. Peace is coming from old peoples doing Taichi in park, employees having quick breakfast and officers reading news and enjoying ice milk coffee.

Splendid decorated road in Tet holiday

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At the end of the year like New Year or Tet holiday, Saigon is becoming more twinkle and splendid. Trees and light columns on main roads of Saigon are decorated very splendidly. Famous buildings and shopping centers are twinkle with giant lanterns.

Enjoy wonderful snacks of Saigon

If you want to understand Saigon, you definitely try snacks of Saigon. Saigon is heaven of snacks and street foods and house of giant candy of Hansel and Gretel with over 1001 snacks.

Having breakfast by broken rice

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Other places don’t have habit to have breakfast with rice, but Saigon is different. From student to employee, staffs always choose broken rice for their breakfast. The biggest reason to eat rice in their breakfast is give them energy for a long day.

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Thu Thiem Tunnel

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Nguyen Hue flower road

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Nguyen Hue flower street is becoming a beauty of Spring in Saigon which is favorite place of Saigon people in Tet holiday. If you travelling in Saigon in Tet holiday, you can see wonderful view from hundreds of flowers from other provinces.

Bitexco

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Famous as the highest building in Saigon with the length of 262m, if you go in the building, you can observe Saigon from high view.

Ben Thanh market

The City People Committee

Zoo

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

This is the place connected with childhood of Saigon children. Zoo is the only zoo of Vietnam placed in the city center. This is oldest one operated in 150 years.

Star bridge

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Charming and romantic places for lover couples.

Riding motorbike around Ho Chi Minh City at night

In daytime, the weather in Saigon is very hotel, but in night time, Ho Chi Minh city has a different atmosphere. Therefore, Saigon people really love the feeling of riding motorbike around the city for sightseeing and enjoy lively speed of nightlife in the city.

Snail

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Snail is a must- try food when travelling in Ho Chi Minh City because HCMC has a different world for snail. You will become Alice getting lost in snail world and never get out of the world.

Saigon bánh mì

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

In every streets and corners of Ho Chi Minh City, there are a lot of bánh mì stores. Bánh mì becomes a typical food of Ho Chi Minh like barbecue pork banh mi, fish bánh mì, egg bánh mì, etc.

Hủ tiếu gõ

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

“Leng keng” knocks suddenly broke the quite of the night of Saigon. A trolley is placed in a corner with smelling broth. Hủ tiếu is a cheap dish and very unique and special one of Saigon.

Seeing Ho Chi Minh city in night on rooftop

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

How do you think when sitting on rooftop of a high building and enjoying a wine or coffee with your friend to contemplate the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City at night? The feeling is beautiful like you are sitting in a forest in summer and watching shoals of fireflies light up the night.

Alley

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Not zigzag and winding like alleys in Hanoi, Saigon’s alleys are straighter, longer and wider but inside of the alleys, you can see a lot of interesting things. You can find delicious food shop in some alleys, nice coffee shop, or other interest in you.

Saigon’s girls

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Not gentle as Hanoi’s girl or not elegant as Hue’s girl, the girls of Saigon are skillful and gently but still very dynamic.

Listening to music in the early morning

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

In the morning of weekend day, there are music band on the streets or city opera house with performance to serve tourists and local people.

The city of festival

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Saigon is a leading destination for a lot of activities with unique and special performances and arts.

Bach dang harbor

The early morning at Bach dang harbor is place to do exercise of local people and the afternoon and night time is gathering place for young people to enjoy fresh and cool weather of Saigon river.

3A station

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Ancient beauty of the center

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

By cooperation between unique architecture, City Opera House, Continental hotel, Vincom, Caravelle hotel make the place as western of Saigon.

KTV

Don’t know when and why Saigon people like singing karaoke which is final address for party of Saigon people.

Night eating

Listening to music in night

Flooded roads

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

In every rainy season, Ho Chi Minh City’s street is always flooded. Although it is not a beautiful and impressive image, the life of Saigon people is always connected with the road.

Ho Thi Ky flower market

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Did you try to wake up early and go to flower market? The market gathers all flowers from mien tay, Da Lat. Getting lost in splendid flowers, you will forget a Saigon with high buildings and luxury shopping centers, only focusing on the beauty of various flowers.

Church

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Travelling in Saigon in Christmas, visit churches to enjoy special and warm atmosphere in the holiday.

Free ice green tea

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

A free cup of ice green tea for everyone in a sunny day will bring a beauty for Ho Chi Minh city.

Lantern street in 5th district in Mid-Autumn festival

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

This is habit of Saigon people in every Mid- Autumn festival. In every Mid- Autumn festival, Luong Nhu Ngoc lantern area will wear new dress with hundreds of splendid lanterns.

Phu Long tea

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Between thousands of foreign tea is coming to Vietnam, a brand of Vietnam tea appears and becomes a favorite one of local people. Phu Long tea is welcomed by young people by its nice taste and its price.

Watching a play

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

In the weekend, come to a theatre and buy a ticket to watch a play.

Nice and elegant coffee shop

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Saigon coffee shops always focus on decorating their space with different style.

Listening to Acoustic music

Locating at a narrow alley on Ngo Thoi Nhiem st, Acoustic bar is an ideal destination for everybody who loves live music. Started from 8:30p.m to 11:00p.m, the place is full of Rock, Pop Rock.

Sidewalk fruit

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

 

Night soup

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

 

5th District- China Town of Saigon

5th District gathers a lot of Chinese people, so a lot of people call the place as China Town with special culture, custom, architecture and cuisine.

Airport in the city center

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

This is a pride of Saigon people because no place in Vietnam has domestic and international airport in city center. From Tan Son Nhat airport, you only spend 15 riding motorbike to 1st district.

Green tamarind trees

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Saigon is covered by green tamarind trees

Old harbor

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Thu Thiem ferry has just stopped operating at the beginning of the year, but as for Saigon people, the old harbor is full of unforgettable memories.

Bò bía

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

A special snack of Saigon is usually appeared in every night and afternoon. This is a very popular snack of young peoples and student in Hanoi and Saigon.

Tuk tuk

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

 

Elderberry

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

 

Traffic jam

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

 

Ancient schools

55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities
55 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh - absolute must- try activities

Saigon is famous for 4 schools with over hundreds years like Nguyen Thi Minh Khai school, Marie Curie school, Le Hong Phong school, Le Quy Don school which are symbol of education of Ho Chi Minh city.

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