Watch out guys! Ho Chi Minh City is on the move! Also known as Saigon, the city is a feast on the senses. And it starts on the streets and sidewalks. Hurrying motorbikes whiz by everything, there is no lane too congested, no road too small for these guys. Side street vendors whipping spicy delights and teeming markets with fresh goods define the city. Its people are constantly on the go. And throw in the occasional colonial buildings that dot the landscape consisting of wooden shops, sleek skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants and oriental pagodas. What do you have? Ho Chi Minh City.
Alright, we’ll structure Saigon out for you so you can make sense of this lively city. And the best way to discover Ho Chi Minh City is learn a bit about its past. In comes the Museum of Vietnamese History to sort that out. After that, step into the War Remnants Museum and uncover the horrors that occurred right here not too long ago. And since we are in the museum theme, we’ll throw in the FITO Museum for good measure. What’s inside? A collection of over 3000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Ranging from the traditional over the counter pills to ancient herbal remedies, it’s all here.
And let’s go further back in the past and explore the city’s colonial flair. The Notre Dame Cathedral was built by the French and completed in 1880. This two bell-tower building could easily be in Europe and pass as a pure European structure. Several other structures could also pass as Western buildings as well, namely the Old Post Office, Continental Hotel, the Opera House and City Hall. And discover the city’s Chinese connection at Cholon. And with an oriental twist. Do so on a cyclo. Experience the lively oriental atmosphere as well as the markets and shops of the area. Included is a visit to the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda.
Now let’s take that time machine and come back to present day Saigon. Let Ben Thanh Market show you the liveliness and color of the locals. On display here are fresh produce and people rushing in masses to get the products they need.
It’s time to eat like a Saigonese. And it doesn’t get any better and authentic than a Pho noodle soup right here in Ho Chi Minh City. After gorging your bowl, tell us about it. Many cannot stop at one.
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