I have been to DA NANG, for workcation (it that even a word) so kind of know a little bit of Vietnamese's vibe but I am more c...

I have been to DA NANG, for workcation (it that even a word) so kind of know a little bit of Vietnamese's vibe but I am more curious about Saigon's lives. I have heard about it and make me curious about Vietnamese culture - rice wrap, coffee, small chairs & motorbikes. Ho Chi Minh is part of my 4 counties tour and it is the first city to be visited. 

Here is my itinerary that i arrange myself at my own pace as solo traveller! 

Arriving at Tan Som Nhat International Airport around 3pm is a perfect time. The first thing to do is to have your sim card ready. My choice is Vietel - recommended. Cost around MYR 30 for a week. Grab probably one the best transportation to move around either bike or car. 

When you choose a place to stay in Saigon, District 1 is probably the best. Choose hotel located in District 1 (Quan 1). Ho Chi Minh or Saigon divided into many districts and tourist mostly stay at District 1. I stay at The Platinum hotel - very affordable, yet clean and safe hotel at District 1. But, there are so many options of hotels nearby. 

As i arrive late evening, I just headed out for dinner - of course, the famous Banh Mi. It's everywhere.  

Places to Visit. 

Most of my travel is on foot. I prefer walking to the next sightseeing area provided it is not that far (over 3km). This will allow me to see more part of the city, life, building and many things and lose some weight lol. First stop is the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon approximately 15 minutes walk from my hotel. HCM has quite a friendly pedestrian walk along with the city with trees shades in some areas. So no worries of sunburn! At Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, i spent around 15 minutes to see the building from outside and take few photos. Nothing much but its a nice building and very touristy. 

Next, just 2 minutes walk from the Notre-Dame is the Saigon Central Post Office. Why it is listed in Must place to visit? This is because due to its historical building that was built in the 19th century, so it is pretty old and it is now still functioning as a post office and tourist place at the same time. Entrance is free. You can buy a stamp, take a tour inside and snap a few pictures but once again it is touristy places. Many people ! So, pick best spot to take your photos! 

When in HCM, the museum is a must place to visit. This is the best way to learn about the history of the place you visit. The museum is within the city, you can reach just by walking. 

Don't forget to check out another famous church - Tan Dinh Church Saigon or Pink Church. I walk to this church like approximately 30 minutes and yes it is hot sun due to the church located near to shop lots and lot of them has no shades. Entrance is free and easy to spot due to its pink colours. Recommended to visit on Monday and around 11.00 am to avoid congestion. I like the building design and colours, definitely instragramble and worth to visit. If you are tired to walk back, do Grabbike.  

Don't forget to visit the most touristy place in HCM, every taxi driver will know it, the Ben Thanh Market. It is a large market selling souvenier, food product and Vietnamese local dishes. It is located in at District 1. Ben Thanh Market opening hours are from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. My advise, the price is pricey compared to any local vendors nearby due to it is a tourist places and obviously, you can bargain (which I am terrible at). I try a few foods which are nice especially fried rice and coconut. Worth to visit if you wish to shop! 

It is sound so cliche' but you too can visit Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden. It is largest zoo in Vietnam and 8 oldest zoos. Some trees are more than 100 years of age! Like many other zoos, you can see different types of animals. The park have games as well. Entrance fees are from 2.5 USD for an adult and open every day from 7.00 am to 6.30 pm. I would recommend going at 4.00 pm because people are less and the weather a little bit cool down. If you love walking and just to fill up gap time in your itinerary, the zoo can be included in your lists. When i was there, they have a very big tiger and hippo, like super huge! 

Ho Chi Minh Book streets also a place you can visit and enjoy. Even though the book mostly in Vietnamese but have English too and the place is pretty. Totally worth to check out and it is free! The street is small but very calm. It was not my list to go, but i stumble upon it during my walk to the museum. No cars or motorbike allowed on the street and you can see many people read books and drink coffee! What a nice environment.   

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh is a mix between modern and classic Vietnamese culture which still intact today through foods, building and outfits. It is a vibrant city with great people and motorbikes! People says, it is not safe. You know what, you are not safe at your own home if you yourself are not careful and flashing too much. The danger is everywhere.

Pack you bag, hop on and enjoy Saigon! Worth to visit! And I will be back. As I wrote this post, I already miss the city! 

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