Compelling and Energetic Ho Chi Minh
From French colonial architecture and glorious temples to grand boulevards and a grid of narrow alleyways, Ho Chi Minh is a culture vulture’s paradise and addiction the moment upon arrival. Vietnam’s former Saigon is a chaotic, urban space mixing the old and new. Accessible at any taste and budget, this commercial hub offers accommodation at 5-star hotels, hip guesthouses, and anything in between.
After a long day of exploring Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, and War Remnants Museum, cool off and reflect in the beautiful Botanic Gardens. There’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the nightlife with live DJ’s, rock clubs, and music cafes to enjoying a walk along the Saigon River or hiring a motorbike for a ride through the frenzied streets of neon lights.
Eat your way through a culinary affair and slurp pho on the street by day, sip cocktails on the rooftop of a skyscraper by night. Head to the Binh Tay Market and galleries and try your hand at bargaining for the best faux-designer products before getting your fix on local coffee to die for, or take a cooking class to master the exotic flavors of Southeast Asia. There’s never a dull moment in Ho Chi Minh, so take advantage of the great Chinatown Free Tour found on Freetour.com.