Itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I started my trip from Vietnam since it always has good deal flying to Ho Chi Minh City and I stayed there a month for workaway/ voluntary service.

Anyway, here are the places you should visit there and some of my feedback as below:

  • Independent Palaceworth to check out once
  • Saigon Notre-Dame BasilicaI only managed to take pictures from outside

  • War Museumworth to go but there are still many other museums along the journey

  • Bến Thành Marketgood to window shopping only, mainly for tourist to try local food and expensive souvenirs. Do not recommend to buy things there
  • Bitexco Financial TowerI missed out this, just saw from far
  • Saigon Central Post Office – it’s free to go and it’s good to buy postcards and post it to friends and relatives. Remember to check out the working hours!

  • Next to the post office, do not miss out the book street

  • Tan Dinh churchcatholic church with a pink facade, I only took picture and from far

  • District 1: a lot of Pubs, Clubs for tourists. Good to check out Glow Skybar and my favourite club is still Apocalypse Now Bar.
  • Taking Uber Ride: You should experience to take Uber motor ride in HCMC. It is convenient and cheap to go around the city.

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Food to eat:

  • Banh Mi (baguette sandwich)
  • Pho (noodles)
  • Bun thit nuong
  • Oc (Vietnamese Shellfish)
  • Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)my favourite
  • Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)my favourite

  • Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake) 
  • Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork)

There are so so many nice foods in HCMC, in fact the whole Vietnam. I eat everywhere.

Besides this, if you have more time, you can take a tour to the places which a bit far from the town:

  • Cu Chi Tunnel1 and 1/2 hours from HCMC, and I booked from this tour agency (recommended by my local friend):  The Sinh Tourist: overall my feedback was good with this half-day tour, comfy bus, good tour guide.
  • Mekong River TourI booked a 3 days 2 nights tour from this travel agent:   Daily Travel Trading Service Company Ltd– price 1150,000 VND. Why I booked 3 days tour instead of 2 days? Because my friend and I wanted to see the Tra Su Forest, where most of 2 days tour did not cover that. Below is the picture taken in Tra Su forest:

  •  Phu Quoc islandI did not go but hear it’s nice and commercialize, cost and expense slightly expensive. Full of Foreigners
  • Vung Tau – fishing village I heard, did not get the chance to visit this time.I think mainly for local people staying (which I like)


 Places to do gym and Brazilian jujitsu:

  • I practised BJJ at  Saigon Luta Livre in district 3, not far from town, take uber bike / grab bike to go and the coach was awesome, professional and funny.

  • I went once to star fitness gym for BJJ and using the gym facilities including swimming pool for one whole day, cost me 100,000 VND. I liked the experience.

These were all my experiences and own reviews for each place and food in HCMC. Do I like there? Yes, I do despite the crazy traffics and polluted air over there. People are so nice everywhere and I met most of new local friends who willing to take me to try some nice food and toured me around.

See you next time, HCMC!

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