Trip to Ho chi minh, Vietnam

Vietnam's largest city

I’ve always heard a lot of things about Vietnam before coming here.
This time I went to Ho chi minh, the largest city in Vietnam.
This city is considered to be the business and financial hub in Vietnam.

It is commonly known as Saigon before it renamed to be Ho Chi Minh City.

One thing that I’ll never forget about Vietname after coming back to Thailand
was the motorcycle noises and beep beep beep of car and bikes horns
that drove me crazy.

It is amazing how time went by so fast. My friends told me that there were so
many bicycles here in the past, But after 6 years. They came up with a new
vehicle. Motorcycles have been recently the main transportation
in Vietnam and I don’t want to think about this In the next 5 or 10 years.
Because cars might be the main transportation and it will substitute motorcycles.What will come after is the crazy traffic problem like in Bangkok.

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How to get There?

– Take a plane (There are many low-cost carriers that you can find in SEA)
– By bus (If your starting place is from Bangkok, go to the north and travel
through Laos to Vietnam) In case if you are heading to Vietnam's capital city.
– Train is not a good choice, but you can make it and continue with a bus.

For my trip I got a very special price from Airasia. So I decided to travel by
a plane instead of a bus which may cost the same price.
(If I didn't get this promotion, I think I wouldn't have a chance to be on a plane.
Anyway, by bus is also interesting and more exciting way to come.

I took a taxi from the Airport to my hotel. It was really exciting to see myself
surrounded by lots of motorcycles on the way to the downtown.



I stayed at Chancery Saigon Hotel. The hotel is located in front of big park at
the center of Saigon and within walking distance to most of Saigon attraction.

 

I went out at night just to see around but didn't come back late due to I have planned to go to many places in the morning.

 
 

After finished breakfast at the hotel, I went to look around places near by
the hotel. The morning life here is a bit busy here but not too crowdy as in
the evening.

Not sure what is this place called but It was closed when I was there.


 

I couldn't find even one dog here on the street when I was there.
When I came back home, I talked with my mom and she told me that It is because they eat them in Vietnam. That's the reason why the street was so
clean lol

 

What I really impressed here is that I've seen so many girls and women wearing
the traditional au dai on the street. I think It's something very charming for
the country to see people wearing their own traditional clothes.

War Remnants Museum

this war museum opened in 1975 after the end of Vietnam war.
there are a lot of photos of people who were disfigured by the war inside the
museum and outside there are some american tanks, bombs and aircraft .

 


Myself with the aircraft.


Funny how I combeb my hair down.

Tricycle Ride

This is one of the fun things to do in Ho Chi Minh. They will drive you around
the city to see the famous landmarks and will drop you wherever you want.

You must be very careful because they may rip you off. Try to bargain the price
or if you think it's too expensive. Just walk away like I did, they will come to you
and give you the cheaper price for the ride.

The building that you see in thie picture is The Independence Palace.
It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during
the Vietnam War.


Tao Dan Park

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica

The church was constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French colonists.
It was called Saigon Church. The name Notre-Dame Cathedral was given after
Bishop Pham Van Thien held a ceremony to install the statue of Peaceful Notre
Dame.


 



 

Saigon Central Post Office

This located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral. It is the largest in Vietnam.
Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel.

 

 

At night in Ho Chi Minh City

 

This street looks like Siam Square in Bangkok.

 

 

 

looks likek a luxury hotel

One of the famous landmarks

A quiet park at night

Having traditional vietnamese foods.

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Ho Chi Minh's City Hall building is a pleasant yellow French colonial building.
This place is not allowed to enter building, but it makes a great photo at night.

 

found one hindu temple on the way back to the hotel.

a random chinese temple in Ho chi minh.

Municipal Theatre

It is also known as Saigon Opera House. It does not always open for travelers to
visit inside the theater so that's why the opera house is usually quite and visitors
can only pass by or take some photos outside the Opera house.

 

buying coconut water with the street vendor.

 

Am I rich now??? lol

Bitexco Financial Tower

Ben Thanh Market

This is a large marketplace in Ho Chi Minh where you can find a lot of souvenirs
and some local stuffs to buy for your friends.

Binh Tay Market (Ho Chi Minh's Chinatown)

I've heard this place from locals that it's a good place to visit and there are a lot
of things to buy with cheap price. So I decided to go there to look bymself
whether it will be like they told or not.

 

I bought one vietnamese hat and a few of something to eat.

 

traffic started in the afternoon.

Beautiful Ho Chi Minh City Hall in the afternoon.

many people came to do exercise at the park after work.

Some tips and suggestions for traveling

– In many restaurants I´ve found are allowed to smoke
– Don´t be surprised If you don´t find dogs in Ho chi minh
(eating dog is acceptable in Vietnam)
– HCMC is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. So it´s more developed and
modern than in Hanoi.
– Walking around HCMC is a bit of challenge Because of all the motorcycles that
I describe earlier. You might get hit by motorcycles all the time.
– In Ho Chi Minh City most nightclubs are deemed to shut down by mid-might
while few of them continue to grove and serve drinks.
– Don´t forget to go to this restaurant “Quán Ăn Ngon” it’s the popular one and
not expensive.
– I hate taxi here and im sure you do so.

Where you shouldn’t miss ;

1. the War Remnants Museum in (This museum is a popular attraction, but it isn’t
always what tourists expect. For many visitors, the museum will provide
a different perspective of the Vietnam War. It features photographs of victims
of the Vietnam War (called the American War in Vietnam) and retired artillery
pieces used by American forces during the war.)
2.Reunification Palace

3.Ho Chi Minh City Hall

 

More about Vietnam :
http://www.aokto.com/countries/vietnam

 
 

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