Located in the Southeaster Asia, bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, China, Cambodia, Gulf of Tonkin and Laos, Ho Chi Minh City has a vibrant mix of old and new, colonial structures, war relics and skyscrapers that set a metropolis backdrop.
Despite having a difficult past, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city with 2061 km2 in Vietnam. Fortunately, the major sites of interest for the travellers relatively lie in the small area of District 1 (Quan 1) in the centre of the city and thus make them accessible on foot.
This post brings some best reasons to consider Ho Chi Minh City as your next travel destination.
• The Country’s Own Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
The famous Cathedral Basilica of the Lady of The Immaculate Conception, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, is a renowned attraction of the city. The cathedral is famous for the iconic statue of Mary and was built between 1863 – 1880.
Unfortunately, because of unforeseen damage, the authority is continuing with the restoration work, and it may last till 2023. So, it won’t be possible to visit the church, but you can feel the essence. This place is must-visit for all those who want to explore the reminiscence of Vietnam’s past.
• The Colourful Nightlife
Similar to Bangkok’s Khao San Road famed for exclusive nightlife, Pham Ngu Kao Street is the backpacker district of Ho Chi Minh City. People looking for more urbane options can go for a rooftop bar located in the three most popular hotels in the city –Majestic, Caravelle, and Rex. You will also have an impressive view of the city from the top.
• Taste Deliciously Inventive Cuisine
Ho Chi Minh City brings an incredible choice of both traditional as well as modern cuisine, added with innovative concepts. While hopping on the streets of Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh City), you will get ample options of delicious street food from luxury to mouth-watering Mediterranean mezze,or it could be Carolina-style barbeque pork ribs. So, get ready to explore traditional pho along with an intriguing fusion of modern cuisine.
• Entrancing Markets
Most of the travelers stop by the centrally located Ben Thanh Market. The credit for the construction of this market goes to France in the 1880s and is located in the centre of the biggest Chinatown district of the city. This place could be great to experience the local lifestyle and to collect samples of unique Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies. If you have a special craze towards fashion, you must visit Nguyen Hue Street.
• Get Inked
Usually, Vietnam is not so popular for tattoos and body art, but gradually the trend is getting exceptionally popular in the country, especially after the establishment of the world’s biggest tattoo studio in the country. Get the best tattoo in Ho Chi Minh City from the experts and commemorate the vacation.
The country has so many attractions,and they will certainly provide a unique travel experience. Get better travel guidance from reliable agencies and explore the country to make it memorable.