Adventure by the Youth: Ho Chi Minh City through the eyes on an 11 year old

Adventure by the Youth: Ho Chi Minh City through the eyes on an 11 year old

Welcome to a new segment “Adventure by the youth,” articles written by the youth, which was inspired by my oldest son, who just insisted to be involved in this travel blog. Why not I thought, it can’t be a bad thing to encourage kids to write. So Corey Jury kicks of this new segment with his version on Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.

Written By Corey Jury

Xin Chào! (Hello in Vietnamese)

Ho Chi Minh was an amazing experience. It is a big city so there are several things to do, with lots of things to see. From my point of view, an 11-year-old kid, here is what I thought of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City Post office

G’day, it’s me Corey telling you my story.

 

Vietnam’s Language

The language is not quite the best thing ‘about Vietnam’.  In my opinion, it is one of the hardest languages to learn. For someone to learn the language to seems physically impossible (of course it is not). In Vietnam, there is hardly any Vietnamese person that can speak English.  It is seriously hard to communicate with a local, especially when driving with UBER or taxi to communicate with the driver.

 

  Vietnamese Food

 Ho Chi Minh is overflowing with tasty food. The most popular meal you can buy is a nice, tasty bowl of soup, which is full of delicious fresh noodles. If I had to choose which country to have soup from a single country I would choose Vietnam out of all the other countries.

 

Vietnamese food.

Sharing Vietnamese food with my younger and cheekier brother Lucas.

 

 

Vietnam, the land of boring temples

As an eleven-year-old kid, I find it confusing to have fun in a temple. Before we went to the fun, Mekong river where it is fun to cruise over and have tours, we went to boring temples, where people take photos and worship their religious religions (which was mainly Buddhism) while I just think, when are we getting out of here.

 Of course, the temple looks awesome but that doesn’t mean it’s fun for an eleven-year-old kid like me.

 

Old Post office

Lots of cool old stuff in Vietnam.

 

 Vietnam’s River, the Mekong

(More boring stuff, HUHHH!) The Mekong River flows from the Himalayas, then (sorry, I couldn’t figure out anything other than the word “then”) flows to the shores of Southern Vietnam. Vietnam’s River tours are a fun experience, there are four islands that we travelled to in the Mekong, one of the islands, you could buy coconut candy, wrapped in rice paper. The Mekong River is a good for tours.

Mekong

On the Mekong River with my dad, thankfully I got my mother’s good looks.

 

The Tunnels of Cu Chi 

After an extreme, fun trip to Da Lat (I wish I could talk about Da Lat, but this has to be mainly about Ho Chi Minh, so keep reading!) we went to another fun (well, actually a lot fun-ner) trip to the secret hideout place of Vietnam called Cu Chi, a couple of hours away from the big city. It is a very, very popular place to travel for tourist. The Vietnamese people had a long, big, sad, harsh war against the United States of America. 

The Vietnamese hid in a safe place away from the Americans, in the Cu Chi tunnels, to protect themselves from the harsh air-raids, which frankly effected everyone from the war and the children. Therefore, the Vietnamese created a small, narrow tunnel to protect themselves from the harsh war. the tunnels are still around in the modern world of today. Cu Chi tunnels was a fun experience in my currently short life. Definitely a ten out of ten!

Cu Chi Tunnels

My brohter and I Inside the Cu Chi Tunnels

 

Vietnamese Shopping

Markets are big in every way in Ho Chi Minh and is unbelievably cheap and are overflowing with large crowds, it is hard to move around. The stuff is not the best of quality, but it’s still pretty good. If you want to pay for anything, then everything is cheap. I bought my Manchester United kit at a big market in Ho Chi Minh for about 10 AUD, it wasn’t original, but still it was better than nothing and I did not care. The second tallest building in Vietnam is the Bitexco Financial Tower, is a nice place for shopping and is the perfect place to view of the fantastic Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Vietnam donut hat

On the streets with some guy who thinks its cool to wear a donut hat.

 

Vietnamese Water Parks

I don’t have much to say about this one (well type). Ho Chi Minh is a hot, tropical city and there is only one place you should most definitely go to, to cool off and have fun with a bit of a splash. The Dam Sem waterpark in Vietnam is cool and full of excitement, with thrilling water slides and a massive wave pool. Again,  unfortunately not everyone speaks English at the waterpark and it is hard to listen to important safety instructions.

 

Flying fox at Dam Sem Water Park.

 

 

Vietnamese Transportation

Transportation is cheap and easy. My suggestion around Ho Chi Minh is UBER, it is cheaper and easier. The roads of Ho Chi Minh are crowded, with thousands of motorbikes and there are hardly any traffic lights. To make it worse, when you cross the road, you must just keep on walking and hope that the motorbikes will just drive around you, but watch out! The cars wont!

 

traffic in Ho Chi Minh

Lots of bikes in Ho Chi Minh.

 

Even though Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is still developing from the tragic war, I still reckon it is a good destination to travel. There is much more about Ho Chi Minh City I still don’t know, but hopefully I can get back there someday and see more of Vietnam.

What did you think of my story of Ho Chi Minh City, through an eye of an eleven year old? Please tell me in the comments.

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Lucas and I at 4 Islands Mekong tour.

 
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Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

Vietnam

The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

K tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights

 

Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

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Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort

 

Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

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Bali

Alaya Resort.

 

Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.

 

What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

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Six countries in Six months

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The Four Islands Mekong Day Tour – Vietnam

The Four Islands Mekong Day Tour – Vietnam

The Four Islands Mekong Tour in Vietnam

 

When time is not on your side to take a lengthy trip down to the Mekong Delta and further towards the famous floating Markets, The Four Island Mekong Tour is the next best option for a great day out in Vietnam. It’s a perfect tour for families of any size or age, small groups or couples looking to explore the southern part of the country and better yet, the popular day tour is real close to Ho Chi Minh CIty.

In a single day, you can cruise the mighty Mekong River, marvel at the four Islands (although you don’t stop at them all) and divulge in some Vietnamese Food made by the locals on the Mekong. It’s a hectic trip done within a 10-hour schedule and a tour that must be considered for all travellers who venture into Southern Vietnam region.

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Four Islands Mekong, Vietnam.

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Booking a Four Islands Mekong Tour

Booking a tour to the Four Islands Mekong can be found in most travel agencies on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, especially the row of agencies that are lined up at the rear of the popular Ben Thanh Markets. For an affordable price you can have a fulfilled tour with lunch included.

For other Mekong River options, did you know you can also opt for non-mainstream and less-touristy local activities in Can Tho? LandedVibe for Can Tho has tons of well-curated activities for modern travellers in the area and around the Mekong Delta.

 

Four Islands Mekong

Exploring the Four Islands Mekong with the family.

 

The Guide of the Tour

The guide on this occasion, almost makes the trip and that is not an understatement. Great English speaking, a fun sense of humour and very informative about the Mekong River and the 4-islands as you would expect for a guide working the area, but the way he passed on the information was very professional. Naturally, which guide you get depends on which group you end up with on any given day. But I hear most go that extra effort to entertain their guest.

 

The guide of Four Islands Mekong

The guide is a hoot.

 

 

The Tour Rest Stop

After an hour on the manic and chaotic bus drive through Saigon, you get to stop for a rest at the Tour Rest Stop, an area specifically created for tour goers. It’s a gorgeous setting with tropical style café’s and a lush gardens with a fantastic water feature providing a picturesque backdrop. You will want to get your camera out at this rest stop, with the chance to take many pictures of the nature and the tropical setting of the Tour Rest Stop.

 

Tour Rest Stop, Vietnam

The Tour Rest Stop.

 

Tour Rest Stop, Vietnam.

The Cafe at Tour Rest Stop.

 

 

Ving Trang Pagoda Buddhist Temple

Another day in Vietnam and a another large Budai. The Ving Trang Pagoda is one of many great Buddhist Temples that can be seen in Vietnam, or Southeast Asia for that matter. The Ving Trang Pagoda is no exception, with the State of Budai the main attraction amongst other popular statures.

Ving Trang Buddhist temple is on the Southern side of Ho Chi Minh City and is seen of the tour before reaching the boats. Take some pictures and marvel and the fine structures that Vietnam do so well, you can also do a little shopping and buy a few souvenoirs at the nearby markets.

 

Ving Trang Pagoda

State of Budai at Ving Trang Pagoda, Vietnam.

 

Ving Trang Pagoda

Ving Trang Pagoda

 

 

Cruising the Mekong River

Cruising the Mighty Mekong River is an awesome feeling indeed, a well known river that begins in the Himalayas and makes its way through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, before finishing in Vietnam, is an experience just to be in its vicinity of the famous river in Southeast Asia and to be aboard the slow boats while admiring the views.

The crocodile filled section of the river around the Four Islands Mekong may not have the most gorgeous scenery, the mucky waters and the commercial boats can be a little off putting as they are everywhere. It’s important to look past it and admire the Mekong for what it truly is.

 

Mekong River, Vietnam

Cruising the Mekong River.

 

Mekong River, Vietnam

Not the cleanest part of the river as you can see by the banks.

 

 

Coconut Candy Mekong Style

Check out the locals make their coconut candy without the luxuries of a factory is quite fascinating. From shredding the coconut into powder, to the mixing and the packaging. It is a detailed process with mainly female workers involved, who work quick to get the job done and in a proficient matter.

On the taste if coconut candy itself, it’s okay, but they are cheap and why not reward those hard-working women by purchasing a pack or six. They could make great gifts for any relatives back home who love their candy.

 

Making candy, Vietnam.

Busy at work making candy on Unicorn Island.

 

Unicorn Island

Unicorn Island is where most of the tour activities take place. On the island you learn how to make and then try the tasty honey tea, then pose with a large python snake, before the unfortunate horse and carriage ride which is a strain on the horse(you don’t have to ride if you don’t wish), the activities on Unicorn Island begin to add up in quick succession and the time begins to get away from you.

A highlight of the day is the local villagers taking the group on a canoe ride through the canals, which is surrounded by many palm trees and local housing, creating a welcome relief from the heat, with full shade protecting the canal.

The canoe ride, while more than enjoyable amongst pretty scenery, it can get a little annoying when the villagers start spending more time begging for a tip, than letting their guest enjoy the experience. Which is the last thing you want to hear during a pleasant ride.

 

Unicor Island, Vietnam

Canoe the canals on Unicorn Island, Vietnam.

 

The snake handler

The snake handler.

 

Food of the Tour

A basic lunch is served to the group on Tortoise Island. On this day, the group had marinated pork with rice and vegetables but I hear it can change from day to day. If you still feel hungry after the initial meal, you can purchase extra food or drinks at your own expense.

After lunch, you get a good hour to wander Tortoise Island, where resting crocodiles can be seen caged in large numbers, a few market stalls that sell local souvenirs and the best part is the hammocks, which gets a good workout with a few of the people in the group getting a bit of a shut eye after a feed.

 

Toroise Island on the Mekong

Tortoise Island on the Mekong River.

Four Islands Mekong

Resting on the hammocks at Four Islands Mekong.

 

Fruits of the tour and a Vietnamese concert

A bit of fruit with some tea was the last on the list in the Four Islands Mekong tour. You are treated to a marvellous performance of Vietnamese music by the locals, with the show running for about fifteen minutes and a variety of artist performing in the mini concert.

The enjoyable performance, contains a few basic instruments, their amazing soothing voices and beautiful women dressed in their traditional dress. It is a fantastic cultural experience to end a day, before heading back home and a sleep on the bus through the chaotic Vietnamese traffic.

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The Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck- The Best view in Saigon

The Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck- The Best view in Saigon

The Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck- The Best view in Saigon

 

The Bitexco Financial Tower stands out large amongst many other high rises in the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh City and the unique design of the Bitexco building only clarifies it’s firm hold as tourist zone in the city. From ground zero, the building bares down at you like a giant standing out from the pack and the unique sky rise is quite a spectacle on the gazing eye.

It is the viewing area of the Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck of the 49th floor, or the Saigon Skydeck,  that will leave you speechless the most. From the moment you get off the elevator, you step out and stare in the distance at a city that is full energy amongst a mass of traffic, and from above, you can’t help feel in a bit piece when admiring the best views in Saigon from the comfort of the skydeck.

Let’s climb the Bitexco Tower together and discuss a few of the basic information required to help your Bitexco trip to the top, a helpful trip with this rough guide to the Bitexco Financial Tower Skydeck.

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Bitexco Financial Tower

The stands with its unique design stands out above.

Bitexco Financial Tower skydeck

Getting ready to visit the top.

 

 

Where is Bitexco Tower

Bitexco is in a popular tourist spot in district one of Ho Chi Minh City, with plenty of other nearby attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Centre and Nguyen Hue Walking Street all situated close by.

Once you’re in the general vicinity of the building, look up and you will see the uniquely designed finance tower. From that point finding the building won’t be problem as you visit the Skydeck tickets counter and up the express elevator to the Sky deck.

 

Skydeck hours and tickets

The Bitexco Skydeck hours operate from 9:30am to 9:30pm, therefore, there is a good dosage of hours during the day to visit the skydeck, with no doubt, the sunset times being the most popular time during the day to visit. Be sure to use your time wisely when wanting to take the elevator trip to the top and visit the Bitexco Financial Tower on a clear Saigon day.

The Bitexco Financial Tower skydeck price is probably the one thing in Vietnam that comes with bit of a cost (although is still relatively cheap). The cost up to the Skydeck is 200000vnd, which in other currencies is about $9USD or $12AUD. So yeah, not much really and worth it for the low price.

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Bitexco HCMC

Views from Bitexco HCMC.

Bitexco Financial Tower

Great views from the Bitexco Financial Tower.

 

 

A little history of the Bitexco Financial Tower

The Bitexco Financial Tower is a new building in the schemes of the things with a short history in terms of completion date. The ground breaking began in 2005, the construction of the tower started in 2007 and it was officially opened October 31 of 2010. They don’t mess around with construction in Vietnam.

Upon completion, the Bitexco Building was the tallest building in Vietnam, but that reign was short lived with the Hanoi Landmark Tower taking over in January of 2011. Although Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City now holds the title of the biggest building in Vietnam.

 

Go to the Skydeck on a clear day

It goes without saying. If you plan on going to any building or other venue with a view around the world, go on a clear day. Don’t waste your money on an overcast or foggy day. Ho Chi Minh City is quite picturesque with all the rivers and canals running through the city and it’s quite stunning to look over the city from great heights. It’s also exciting to see the cranes and new buildings in progress, it gives you a sense that Ho Chi Minh is a city that’s fast changing.

Check out more Fair Dinkum Traveller’s articles on Ho Chi Minh City, right here. 

 

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Bitexco Financial Tower

Best views are seen on a clear day. Naturally.

 

 

The Verdict of the Bitexco Tower

I know what you’re saying, because I say it too, Sky decks can be an overrated thing, not really the case with the Bitexco Tower due to it’s fair admission price and once on top, you’ll appreciate all the action happening on the chaotic streets of Saigon down below and the views, if you visit on the right day, are fantastic.

Once you do visit the Bitexco skydeck for its stunning views, you can head back below to the shopping mall area to catch up on a little bit of a retail therapy, have a bite to eat or drink at a Bitexco Tower restaurant or watch the latest blockbuster movie at the Bitexco cinema on the lower floors. The Bitexco Financial Tower is an icon of the city and when time suffices during your visit Vietnam holiday it more than requires a visit to see the rapidly changing growth of Ho Chi Minh City before your very own eyes.

 

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Bitexco Tower

The sun peaks over the Bitexco Tower on a sunny Saigon day.

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More views from Bitexco tower Skydeck.

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Making the Most of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – Saigon Tips

Making the Most of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – Saigon Tips

The average holiday tends to be a week or two, unless you’re one of the fortunate ones and are able to travel for months on end with little thought of the real world. Now for a moment, let’s assume that we’re you average Joe person and you’re having a regular holiday, therefore, making the most of your short-lived holiday is paramount. It’s a situation I found myself in during my trip to Vietnam when I ventured into the city with my family. It was school holidays and we had little time in the crazy city of Ho Chi Minh City.

Isn’t that what holidays are all about anyway. Making the most of your time, making the most of your life, because it is all precious and so is travel. And f you blink, you will miss it. In that case, I’m going to give you a few little hints of making the most of your time in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the craziest cities in the world.

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Making the Most of Ho Chi Minh City

Making the Most of Ho Chi Minh City.

 

 

Making the Most of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – Saigon Tips

 

Book a Day tour or two in and Around Ho Chi Minh City

Day tours in Ho Chi Minh City are a blast and there are plenty to choose from. You can take amazing day tours that feature famous attractions in great locations and a fun English speaking guide’s that  are bound to entertain you the whole trip. Whether you elect to explore the beautiful coastal area of Vietnam, the Mighty Mekong Delta or get a little claustrophobic in the Cu-Chi Tunnels, A day is well spent exploring the Southern part of Vietnam that will have you back tour Saigon hotel in no time.

Check out these amazing tours from Get Your Guide and begin making the most of your time in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Cu-Chi Tunnels.

Hideaway in the Cu-Chi Tunnels.

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Discover a chaotic city like no other

Ditch the motorbikes and forget the car. The best way to discover Saigon, is by your own two feet. Exhausting I know, but by walking the streets you can discover hidden alley ways, hidden restaurant, hidden stalls and truly discover what this fascinating city is all about.

Some of the best food I ate in Vietnam were the restaurants that found me and not the other way around. Or finding boutique marketplaces that are not well known but a bargain can still be found. It’s a great way to discover a chaotic city, which I can assure you is a city like no other in this world.

 

Ho Chi Minh City

Discover Ho Chi Minh City.

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You will be surprised at what you find when you discover a city by foot.

 

Eat Soup, lots and lots of soup

Soup, Soup and more soup, the famous Vietnamese soup is everywhere in this city. You can find your fulfilling bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup  in many stalls, whether it will be on street corners, in driveways, markets, restaurants and even located on the middle of the footpath where you walk. Soup in Vietnam is something you can’t escape. Don’t fight it, just eat whenever the stomach is craving.

making the most of soup eating in Vietnam.

Have Vietnamese Soup, freshly made.

Lots of soup (pho) in Vietnam.

 

Visit Historical Sites in amazing Saigon

The French once had a large presence in the South and it is obvious with its stunning French architecture designed buildings located throughout district-1 of Ho Chi Minh City. The Notre Dame Cathedral and The Old Pot Office are a stone throw from each other and it is a tourist bonanza as the camera happy travellers take pictures of such beauty. The Opera House in the central part of the District 1 is another building that is worth your attention.

Often during your journeys in the city, you’ll come across epic buildings that are of historical nature and you can check out a great list of buildings to visit with this link to Wikipedia.

 

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral.

Making the most of Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City has some amazing historical buildings.

 

Dodge Traffic, you can’t avoid it

Dodging motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City is not an option, it’s compulsory. Whether you’re crossing roads, walking on footpaths or even in marketplaces, most times you are risking life or limb in doing so, in may or may not be an overstatement. But on the other hand, you couldn’t truly say that you were in Saigon if you didn’t experience a close call with a motorcyclist.

There you have, a brief explanation of making the most of Ho Chi Minh City, now all you need to do is book your airfare, find a suitable hotel and you too can enjoy the atmosphere of this truly chaotic city. 

 

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Just a normal day in a chaotic city.

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Uber (Now GRAB) your way Around Crazy Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Uber (Now GRAB) your way Around Crazy Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

As is widely known, Uber was taken over by Grab in most Southeast Asian countries and is now a popular choice for transportation in the region.

Is Grab safe in Vietnam? Straight off the bat, I say yes. I would never put myself in any danger, but more importantly my family also and while travelling in Ho Chi Minh City, I never had a bit of fear in using Grab ride-hailing transportation.

I do have a few pet hates in life. One is getting ripped off and being taken advantage of in life, especially when in a vulnerable situation. It’s life’s little cruel acts that happen to us all from time to time that annoy me. I know, I know, it’s only small things. But, we all have those little things that piss us off, and it is each to their own.

As a traveller, I am always mindful of such circumstances when travelling abroad, primarily locals who think they can up the price upon clumsy tourists — for example, getting the cost-driven up on you while shopping at a local market, or a taxi driver ripping you off by a deliberately taking a more extended route home.

You all know what I am talking about and I am sure you have been there and seen it all before.

Enter Uber in Vietnam, now Grab. You know, that new craze taking the world by storm. Where you order a driver through the Uber app on your phone, the fee is pre-determined and pre-paid by your registered credit card. From day one into Vietnam, Grab truly was my saviour when I ventured into Ho Chi Minh City, and it became a useful friend and my number one means of transports, so often I used it at least 20 times in a two week period.

 

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Uber

Is Uber safe in Vietnam? You bet it is.

 

The Ease of using (Grab) Uber in Vietnam

Convenience is the key when using Grab anywhere in Southeast Asia. You know the fee before you get in the car. No ifs, no buts, no arguments. You don’t get ripped off by the driver and vice-versa, you can’t cheat the driver. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.

Sure you may run into a little trouble from time to time, I didn’t, but we don’t live in a perfect world, but in my own opinion, Grab is safe in Vietnam and very convenient.

 

Save your coins

No need to get your foreign cash-out or go digging for your coins, save your money for shopping in the markets or a good meal where you take advantage of a delicious Vietnamese soup.

When you sign up, it’s valid in any Grab operating country, and your credit card is registered through the Grab app, and the rest is taken care of for itself, from the moment you click for a driver on the smartphone.

 

Grab is cheaper than a taxi

I used a taxi once in Ho Chi Minh City, what a fool, but to be fair it was when I first entered the city from the airport, and I was still getting my bearings right. In saying that, I know on average I saved from that trip with a taxi and it’s fair to say I saved a good 4-5 dollars per trip, using Uber over a standard taxi.

Maybe it doesn’t seem such a big deal for a single trip, but times it by ten and all the sudden you’re looking at a significant saving. That equals a heck of a lot of meals or singlets in a Southeast Asian country.

 

The drivers are quite cool and Friendly

The driver’s got me from point A to point B in a safe manner. In Vietnam as you are probably aware, the locals English is not so good, so the drive is rather quiet, but you get to your destination safely, and timely manner as the driver does his best to dodge the insane traffic of Saigon.

I had to get out of my comfort zone in a foreign country to get hooked on to Uber, I never use it much in Australia because I have no real need to do so, and while I know their services have been around a while, I’m just glad I got hooked on Uber in Vietnam and with the number of times I used their services, I saved a heap of cash and never had one bit of fear using the services.

Yes, Grab or Uber in Vietnam is safe.

 

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