HCMC (most commonly known as Saigon) is a developing city with a rich culture and a dark past – from different colonizers to a series of wars.
But now, the city welcomes visitors from other countries to see their historical sites and taste their gastronomic dishes.
There is still a language barrier with the locals, some might talk to you rudely, some might even trick you – despite of these, I must say HCMC is still generally safe.
Walking in their motorcycle infested streets will make you realize that the City is one step behind from other South East Asian Cities. Few Upscale Malls and Skyscrapers, no electronic railways, and low cost of living. But as a traveler, any differences from a mainstream modern city is a new opportunity for experience. Why worry if there are no posh malls and electronic trains? Just walk around and admire the beauty of the French-inspired establishments. Shop from local shops and splurge in shopping (you’re a millionaire here anyway)
So, how did we enjoyed our 3 days at HCMC? By experiencing Vietnam by being both a tourist and a local.
Saigon Central Saigon Notre-Dame BasilicaPost Office
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Food parks are also a thing in HCMC
Hip and cool backpacker hostel – The Common Room Project
It’s messier in the morning
Side street food trip
The War Remnants Museum
The saddest museum I visited. I left with a heart knowing the dark aftermath of the Vietnamese War.
THE Lunch Lady. Best PHO-king Pho ever!
Fine Arts Museum
Swagger pose with our pretty chef at Saigon Cooking Class
Real cooking is hard. I’ll stick with sunny side up and nuggets.
Saigon Opera House