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Where to go in Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City, the dizzying, busy and crowded metropolitan area in the Southern Vietnam welcomes travelers with impressive French colonial architecture, memories of war and exotic food. Indochina holidays and Vietnam
Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels- source: internet

Cu Chi Tunnels were not originally built to be served for tourism, it was actually a great work built by Vietnamese as a place to live and hide from being attacked during wars. About 70 kilometers from the city center, Cu Chi Tunnel is suitable for a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Even though it takes only a 1.5 hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels, it is highly recommended to book a package tour if you are not familiar with the city’s public transportation system. It costs $10-$12/person with transportation, a tour guide and entrance fee included.

In the morning, to see how vicious the fighting, bombing and destruction during the wars were, you can go deeper to experience crawling inside the tunnel. After exploring the tunnel’s structure and listening to the stories about the locals’ daily life during the war time, at the end of journey, you are invited to taste Khoai mi, which people ate for breakfast during the difficult period. You will sweat too much after few minutes walking, then, you will see how hard Vietnamese tried, how brave and unyielding Vietnamese are.

In addition, you can take time to try shooting with the real guns at the firing range. After being given the instruction about the gun and the way to use it, it’s time to have the most stunning experience ever. There are many kinds of bullets to choose from such as: the M60, M1 carbine, M1 Garand, AK-47, M16,.30 Caliber Machine Gun and Russian SKS with the cost ranging from VND 20,000 – 40,000 per shoot. You will not have to spend much (about USD $10) to have such an exciting activity in Cu Chi Tunnels. jahan mekong cruise

Binh Tay Market (Cholon Chinatown Market)

Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market- source: internet

Binh Tay Market, constructed by the French in the 1880s, is located in the centre of Vietnam’s largest Chinatown district. Unlike Ben Thanh Market in District 1, which was created for tourists, Binh Tay Market, which is within a 15-minute xe om (motorcycle taxi) ride south west downtown Saigon, mainly serves Saigonese with a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood and poultry from different regions across Vietnam.

In addition to a fascinating assortment of lacquerware, handicrafts, textiles and fresh goods including many weird and wonderful exotic fruit sold in bulk, in the two storeys of Binh Tay Market, you can also find a lot of food stalls selling Vietnamese staples such as Pho, cơm tấm (broken rice), bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette), gỏi cuốn (spring rolls) together with Chinese-influenced dishes such as bánh bao (steamed buns filled with chicken or pork, quail eggs, mushroom and onions), which make Binh Tay a favorite breakfast amongst Saigonese. Hot, chaotic and a lot of fun, Binh Tay Market is a great place in Ho Chi Minh City in general and in China Town area in particular for travelers to visit to sample these unique Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies as well as experience the local lifestyle. In the morning, when the locals come for breakfast and shop for fresh goods for a day, is the best time to visit this market.

  • Address: No 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 6 AM – 7 PM daily

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street, where Saigonese and tourists go for a walk, to listen to some young guys play music and perform dance, for a selfie with friends or for photo opportunity of Ho Chi Minh statue, gets really busy after sunset. As the best place to enjoy the fresh evening breeze with friends and family, Nguyen Hue Sreet is one of the top places to visit in Saigon.

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum- source: internet

Ho Chi Minh Museum, where there are displays of the devastation of the war between the USA and Vietnam from 1961 to 1975, is definitely well worth a visit if museums are your thing. Not only describing a painful part of history of Vietnam, this museum also tells you these less-known stories during the severe war.

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