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.
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
There are a plethora of articles on the internet offering tips and advice intended to make your trip to Vietnam more enjoyable and disaster-free. I’m not going to regurgitate those lists here, as you’ve probably already heard it all by now.
Instead, I have for you my top seven Vietnam travel tips (in no particular order) that were learnt very much first hand by yours truly, so that you don’t have to find them out the hard way. Continue reading
Ho Chi Minh City is full of awesome rooftop views. In this city the buildings are tall and skinny and pushed together like books on a bookshelf. There’s literally no square inch of real estate space wasted, meaning there are many locations for you to take in the unique sights of this bustling scooter-filled metropolis.
So naturally we spent a fair amount of time on rooftops. Here’s where: Continue reading
The overwhelming heat; the pungent smells; the vendors grabbing you by the arm and yelling at you to buy something. This is Ben Thanh Market. It’s chaotic at the best of times, but if you’re in Ho Chi Minh City and looking to purchase cheap clothes or gifts – this is the place to go. Continue reading