Ho Chi Minh City is massive. I’m talking 8.4 million people massive. There is so much to see and do (and eat) here that you could easily spend weeks and not cross everything off your list. But here is a quick guide for seeing this southern Vietnam megacity if you only have 48 hours.
Two days should give you enough time to get a taste of Saigon and see which end of the love-hate spectrum your feelings lie. Personally, we at Perogy & Panda LOVED Ho Chi Minh City. If/when we return to Vietnam, we wouldn’t hesitate to carve out time in our itinerary for more exploration of this chaotic metropolis.
If there’s one way to destroy your enjoyment of a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s to almost die en route to it. Especially if, once you show up, you observe that the size and awesomeness were greatly over-hyped. Yeah, I’d say we experienced underwhelming emotions towards My Son Sanctuary when we finally arrived in one piece. And just barely in one piece, might I add.