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16 Sep 2013
Ho Chi Minh City, also called Saigon is one of my favourite cities in Vietnam. This is an amazing city of which everything belongs to, from people; traffic and lifestyle, etc. are all full of energy and vitality. Thanks to the support of Eviva Tour, I have had a nice trip and discovered the hidden beauty of the city. The beauty of Ho Chi Minh City is the mixture of French colonial architecture and wide boulevards with the charming of ancient Buddhist temples and pagodas. The contrast between the old and the new can be easily realized.

There are many high modern buildings but there are also many places and buildings from earlier eras that are well preserved and worth visiting which bring us the feeling like Vietnam War was just yesterday. It will be an interesting experience for foreigners to visit War Remnants Museum to see the Vietnamese war through Vietnamese eyes and to discover the impressive beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral- an outstanding red-brick building adorned with stained glass.

The number one choice at noon is sitting in a coffee shop in District 1, witnessing the traffic and people passing by during the rush hour. Endless masses of motorbikes, bicycles and cars make their way through the streets like an ant-farm. The most random thing about Ho Chi Minh City is women wearing winter coat in the summer while out and about, some even wear a pair of colourful stock with flip flop in order to avoid the sunlight at noon. It is also very weird and funny to see young girls wearing pyjamas with heels to go shopping at markets. Street vendors are everywhere selling everything you can eat.

Discover Ho Chi Minh City through its cuisine will give you an insight opinion of the life here. Aside from eating, visitors can find a lot of cheap stuffs in discount malls like Ben Thanh market where selling everything from clothing to souvenirs, fresh food items such as fish, vegetables, fruits to seasonal flowers. For sight-seeing, it is good ideas to check out the Suoi Tien Amusement Park or government buildings such as the Saigon Central Post office - a French colonial building with a classic interior, Reunification Palace - was the home of the former Viet Cong leader, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Saigon Opera House – where performing both Western operas and traditional Vietnamese performances and much more! Depending on what you want out of your stay, Saigon has everything to offer including an amazing nightlife with karaoke bars and dance clubs. Ho Chi Minh City has numerous trendy bars that are a favourite of both locals and foreigners. The Q Bar, Xu Bar and Velvet are a few in the long list of popular hangout spots for the party crowd, each with their own distinct trendiness and appeal.



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