Friday, December 2, 2016 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Guide to Visiting Ho Chi Minh City

If a stroll in the woods isn’t your style or lazing in the sun on the beach just doesn’t suit you, but all you seek is a travel destination that offers unending excitement and fun filled experience, then the place to be is Ho Chi Minh City. Featuring a vibrant lifestyle and delicious cuisine, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is one of the top destinations in Vietnam worth exploring.

Home to an eclectic mix of commerce and culture, as well as a blend of old and new, Ho Chi Minh City offers the high-octane living lifestyle that you can only find in a cosmopolitan city. Shopping and nightlife, taking a tour of some of the popular attractions in the city and learning more about the city’s rich cultural heritage and history all constitutes part of the travel experience. Be sure to bring a camera as plenty of picture taking opportunities awaits you.

Some of the top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City include
 
Ben Thanh Market

Renowned for being one of the largest indoor markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is indeed a place worth visiting. Here you will find countless number of food, textile, furniture and houseware stalls. Remember to sharpen your bargaining skills as sellers tend to place higher pricing on goods. Also, be careful not to expend all your money on items here as you will find plenty of cheap shopping opportunities.
Ben Thanh Market
 

Boat Trip
Visit the Saigon River and enjoy fun filled cruise on one of the many floating restaurants. Sailing up the river promises to be a remarkable experience. Top notch entertainment activities including karaoke and fire eating awaits you.
Boat Trip
 

Pagoda Tour

Looking for a place to find beautifully designed pagodas, then head for Ho Chi Minh City. The city is home to several lovely pagodas including Jade Emperor featuring several terrapins bathing in a pool and Hoi Son, a National Treasure located on Quit Hill.
Pagoda Tour
 

Wander Dong Khoi

Dong Khoi is saturated with countless numbers of restaurants, bars and shops, stretching from Notre Dame Cathedral to the Saigon River. Dong Khoi plays a very important role in Ho Chi Minh’s rich historical past. From its go-go bars that cater to the needs of young American GIs years to its modern shops and amazing street stalls, a stroll along Dong Khoi will undoubtedly be rewarding.
Dong Khoi
 

Let Loose with Karaoke

For revelers who can’t stay a day without partying and like staying up late, Ho Chi Minh City is the right place for you. The city features one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Vietnam. Regardless of what you are looking for, be it great hang out spots, energetic night clubs, or bars serving fresh beer, Ho Chi Minh City has got you covered. Karaoke is a national pass time and in every corner you will find illuminated signs announcing it. If karaoke is not your thing, you can choose to relax and listen to great traditional Vietnamese music. The city’s cinemas are a great place to relax and unwind on a sunny day. You can watch your favorite movies even when on a tight budget as movies are inexpensive.
Karaoke
 

Sample the street food

Vietnam is recognized as one of the tastiest street food nations in the world, and for good reason. You can never go wrong sampling Ho Chi Minh’s street food. Just so you know, many of the luxury restaurants offer services that are below standards. For food enthusiasts looking to fill their taste bud, try out the street food. Why not enjoy a tastier meal at a lower cost when compared to luxury restaurants? The hot pots are outrageously good.
Street food
 
This bustling city of almost 10 million people is an exciting combination of the influences of its past. Arising from a Cambodian fishing village, the city has transformed through its history as a French colony to a modern Vietnamese metropolis while keeping much of its Vietnamese cultural roots.

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