Welcome to day 20 of our trip, where we’ll be traveling from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. We’ll be taking a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, which will take approximately two hours. Once we arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, we’ll have some free time to explore the city and get a taste of its vibrant culture and history.
Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling metropolis with a rich history and culture. One of the most iconic sights in the city is the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a French colonial-era church with beautiful stained-glass windows and towering spires. Another must-see attraction is the War Remnants Museum, which offers a sobering look at the Vietnam War and its impact on the people of Vietnam. If we’re interested in Vietnamese history, we can also visit the Reunification Palace, the former home of the South Vietnamese president during the war.
Ho Chi Minh City is also known for its delicious food and drink scene. Make sure to try some of the local specialties, such as banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich filled with meat and vegetables; pho, a fragrant noodle soup; or bo la lot, beef wrapped in betel leaves. We can also sample some of the famous Vietnamese coffee, which is typically served hot or iced with condensed milk. If we’re feeling adventurous, we can try some of the street food stalls that line the sidewalks of the city, serving up everything from grilled meats to fresh fruit smoothies.
If we’re looking for souvenirs or gifts to take back home, Ho Chi Minh City has plenty of options. The Ben Thanh Market is one of the most popular markets in the city, offering a wide range of goods, from clothing to handicrafts to souvenirs. We can also visit the Saigon Square shopping center, which has a mix of local and international brands.
Ho Chi Minh City is a city that never sleeps, and its nightlife scene is one of the most vibrant in Southeast Asia. For a night out, head to the Bui Vien Walking Street, a pedestrian-only street lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants. We can also visit the rooftop bars in the city center, such as the Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar or the Chill Skybar, which offer stunning views of the city skyline.