1. Ride on a Xe Om/ Motorbike Taxi. Explore and experience the madness of the city on a Xe Om. This is totally fun, inexpensive and a little dangerous. It was in 2007 that I had my first Xe Om ride. At that time, people didn’t wear helmets but come on! I gotta dot it. So I instructed the Xe Om driver to get me to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. I couldn’t remember the exact address of the hotel so we were roaming around district 1 and district 3 for almost an hour. I was new in Saigon so being lost was happiness but the driver surely felt the opposite.
2. Get a Caphe Sua Da/ Iced Coffee with Milk on the streets. They have a lot of proper coffee shops in Saigon such as Highlands and Trung Nguyen which are among the famous. But don’t forget to try some on the streets. They are as delicious plus it’s a cheap pleasure. I gotta warn you though, the coffee in Vietnam is highly addictive.
3. Walk around Dong Khoi St. You will see the city’s main church which is the Notre Dame. It is one of the most photographed sights in Saigon. Very close to it is the Saigon Central Post Office, which has a Gothic architectural style and of course Vietnam’s top tourist attraction. Independence Palace is just nearby. Queue for a ticket to get inside the palace and spend an hour perhaps to learn more about the war, the government and the people.
4. Visit the War Remnants Museum. Wait..Do a bit of research first, you may not like what you see. Well, am sure you’re gonna like the tanks, the planes, the helicopters but there are things more than that. Believe me, I’ve been to the museum for four times and I always end up crying. What I really mean is…be emotionally prepared as it is very emotional inside.
5. Go to Pham Ngu Lao St. This is the backpackers’ place. It’s a good way to end your day really. Choose what and where to go before sleeping.
They have lots of international and local restaurants which are reasonably priced.
They have bars as well and if you want to hear Filipino singers just go to Seventeen Saloon.
They have SPAs. Women like me would indulge in a quiet pampering moment after the 24-hour walkathon.
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note: Thanks to Kim for the coffee photo (“,)