This is the largest city of Vietnam. It mainly boasts French colonial style architecture, colorful markets, and busy roads. The hustle-bustle of the city is enticing yet repelling. It hosts over two million scooters, mopeds and motorcycles!What to do in Ho Chi Minh?- War Remnants Museum – is sometimes a confronting and disturbing experience housing harrowing displays from what the Vietnamese call “the American War.” It may not be cheerful viewing, but if you want to understand the history behind the war that resulted in the loss of over 3 million lives, this place is a must visit.- Cu Chi Tunnels – Located about 50 km from the city, Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the most popular tourist destinations. You can book a day tour or rent a motorbike. Half-day tour costs about 250.000 VND per person including tunnel Entrance Fees (90.000 VND). Motorbike rental costs 120.000-150.000 VND per day and passport will be security deposit.- Combine Cau dai Temple and Jade Emperor Pagoda along with your visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.- An evening walk around the Cathedral of Notre Dame exploring the street food and drink Vietnamese Iced Coffee (ca phe sua da) sitting on a low stool along the sidewalk.Explore busy Markets of Saigon during the evenings.
DAY 6: From HOI AN to HO CHI MINH CITY
As we approached Mui Ne we were really disappointed by the beach which was fronted by resorts and had hoped for something prettier. I had to hoped to do some windsurfing and Liam surf but it was $80USD which was quite expensive. Apparently it's the place for water-sports but we weren't at all enamoured with the town so left the next day for the Ho Chi Minh city. The drive into the city was the most mental ever, there were millions of bikes and lorries and we were all crammed together. I bumped someones exhaust which wobbled both our bikes and I though I was a goner! It was the hardest ride and we had to be totally alert. From the nerves and another long journey, we arrived on edge and discovered our dormitory was on the top floor which meant 99 steps! Ho Chi Minh wasn't as pretty a city as Hanoi but had a brilliant museum showing the fascinating history of the Vietnamese War. It is worth seeing but very upsetting. We explored other sights and went to the Ho Chi Minh City Museum which has a crazy collection of things to buy. We spent 10 days there in total due to it taking a while to sell my bike. Liam sold his to our guy in our dorm and I eventually sold mine to a girl.
Next morning I was greeted by a traditional style Vietnamese coffee from the host family.Vietnamese coffee is quite strong in taste,so occasionally its over-balanced by condensed milk.Interesting idea,as well as delish!
Return flight from Ho Chi Minh city.