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.
Crossing the street in HCMC is an absolutely terrifying task. With nearly 8 million people in the city, and seemingly every single one of them on a scooter at exactly the same time, traffic is intense.
We enjoyed sitting in Cafe Anh, overlooking the streets by Ben Thanh Market, and watching the madness unfold before us. Having to partake in the act of crossing the road ourselves, though, was a bit of a different story. Continue reading
What an absolute gem of a hotel we happened to stumble upon when booking our Phu Quoc Island accommodation. Blue Paradise Resort had only JUST opened at the time. It was so new, in fact, that we couldn’t find any reviews or pictures online, and none of the island’s taxi drivers were able to take us to the correct location.
To be honest, part of me was a tad skeptical that this hotel really even existed. But we reserved our rooms through Agoda, and I’d never been left out on the streets without a place to sleep when booking through Agoda before. So we took a chance on this little start-up hotel, and man did we ever luck out.
The Phu Quoc Night Market is one of the island’s “can’t miss” activities. Especially if you’re a seafood lover.
There are actually two night markets in Duong Dong town. The old one (Dinh Cau) and the new one (Bach Dang). They are both just a couple streets away from each other. So it’s no trouble at all to go back and forth between the two.