Vietnam, the South-East Asian country with its breath-taking views, incredibly rich and flavorsome food, stunning beaches and prominent historical attractions, is a perfect destination for the wanderlust soul in you. Whether it is the remarkable museums or exciting nightlife in the city of Ho Chi Minh, there are many great places to visit in Vietnam. Inspiring places and temples in the city of Hue or the floating markets in the Mekong Delta opens up a plethora of wonders, which will be a fascinating experience. In addition to all these, the islands and beaches in Nha Trang or the mountains in Sapa are something, very seductive as a travel one should find very interesting.
The Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is the country’s largest city and has earned its place among the top five destinations for solo travelers. It is famous for its vintage French architecture, fascinating night-life, magnificent Buddhist temples and beholds incredible history and culture. You can relax at the city’s exotic spas, tour the town sitting on the backseat of the moped, explore the city’s unique historical museums, enjoy a soothing river cruise,bargain at the best markets selling cottage industry products.
Furthermore, it would be a splendid experience visiting grand pagodas and templesscattered all around Vietnam, which are an absolute treat to the eyes, try amazing restaurants and muchmore.So, all the travelers who are seeking a solo trip,get ready to undergo the once in a lifetime kind of experience.
When to plan your Vietnam tour to Ho Chi Minh City:
The best time to travel and explore the city of Saigon is during the dry months of the year, i.e., November to March. Consider the festival of Tet (Lunar New Year of Vietnam) while planning your Vietnam vacation as it is the country's most important and biggest festival celebrated during the end of January or the beginning of February.
Where to stay:
There are 24 districts in the city of Ho Chi Minh, and each one of them offers pleasant and comfortable stays for tourists. For all the first-time visitors, Dong Khoi Street Area in District 1 would make for a perfect accommodation. If you are on a budget and want to experience the city’s nightlife, Pham Ngu Lao in District 1 is the right place for you. If you are looking for a classy and luxurious stay, District 2 would be the correct option for you. Apart from these, Cholon (District 5), the Chinatown of the Ho Chi Minh City, is the city’s best place to stay for all the globetrotters on your Vietnam travel.
How to get around:
One can explore the city and get around either on public buses, mopeds or taxis. Public buses are comparatively reasonable and cover greater distances. Motorbikes make for exciting city rides and are apt for shorter distances and can sway through traffic quickly. Your Vietnam vacation would be incomplete without these exciting moped rides. One can also opt for cabs or taxis for exploring the city in and out.
City’s most amazing places you’d fall absolutely in love with:
War Remnants Museum
A tour of the war remnants museum would give you an insight into the brutalities of the horrific war between America and Vietnam that went on for about 30 years. The museum showcases the preserved remnants of the war including the weapons, aircraft, tanks, documentaries, exhibits, photographs and many more.
Reunification Palace, a lavish building built-in the 1960sarchitectural style, is a must visit place for all the curious travelers who are seeking to know more about the Vietnam War. This palace had served as the base of the president of South Vietnam during the war and it marks the end of the Vietnam War after a North Vietnamese army tank crashed at its gate.
Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is Southeast Asia’s most majestic post office. Dating back to the French Colonial times, this office exhibits the exceptional Renaissance architecture and is one of the most visited tourist spots of the city.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
The building of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral built with beautiful red bricks, exhibiting exemplary French architecture, would amaze you with its enchanting beauty. Moreover, the spiritual, serene and peaceful environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city makes this place worth your visit.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Chu Chi Tunnels are passages built underground by the freedom fighters during the war times. A visit to the tunnels would give you an insight into the life of the then Vietnamese soldiers.
Giac Lam Pagoda
Giac Lam Pagoda is the city’s oldest temple built-in traditional South Vietnam architectural style and has been acknowledged by the Vietnamese government as an important national site. Giac Lam Pagoda is the right place for tourists who want to know more about the culture and history of Vietnam.
Culinary delights and markets to explore:
Ben Thanh Market
Loaded with fresh produce in the morning and fashion apparel, accessories, and souvenirs throughout the day and night, exploring this market is an enjoyable experience. The tasty low-priced local street food available here such as pho noodles, banh xeo (crispy pancake) and spring rolls add all the more to the fun of this place.
Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market, located in district 5, offers a variety of products from fresh produce, handicrafts, souvenirs and textiles to mouth-watering local treats such as banh bao (pork buns), Chinese sausages and Vietnamese noodles. This market is a must-visit to if you are seeking to experience the culture of the city. Also, your Vietnam holidays would be incomplete without tasting its local cuisine at least once.
An Dong Market
An Dong Market, the city’s best market selling a variety of good quality products made by skilled craftsmen. The best feature of this market is that you can find all the fashion products and handicrafts at quite reasonable prices.
City’s exciting nightlife:
Apart from the historical and cultural sites, the city is quite famous for its exciting night-life. If you are seeking to experience the night-life of the Ho Chi Minh City while on your Vietnam tour, the various options available are Pham Ngu Lao Street, Lush, Thi Sach, Ly Tu Trong, and many other night clubs.
Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the country, is home to a wide variety of historical, cultural and modern attractions. From its museums where you can find preserved war remnants to its serene pagodas and temples, from its markets offering flavorsome local cuisine to its exciting nightlife, the city has it all to make your Vietnam vacation, the best holiday of all times. Apart from Ho Chi Minh City, there are many great places to visit in Vietnam with its breathtaking locations and rich historical and cultural sites.