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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.