|Ho Chi Minh's Statue in front of the Old City Hall, Saigon.|
|Gia Long Palace Museum|
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Botanical Gardens, just outside, are very nice and a good place to get away from the crowds. The Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the French colonial times, is also worth a visit. There are many
Cu Chi Tunnels
|Cao Dai Temple|
River Promenade and waterfront
Cai Rang Floating Market
|Stately Old Rex Hotel|
|The Opera House|
The life of the city, however, are its citizens, specially its youth, which comprise a large proportion of its population and are instrumental in creating its culture of cafes , bars, beer halls and restaurants which can be found in all parts of the city.
|Young people, cheap beer and food|
The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City has to be seen to believed and is especially bad at office times. It is always better to keep time in hand if proceeding for any appointment. A majority of the traffic seems to be mopeds and light motorbikes.
Ben Thanh Market
|An Dong Plaza-Shopping Galore|
The An Dong Multi-storey Market offers an interesting selection of merchandise and knock offs of famous brands of clothing and hand bags.
Binn Tai Market
Cho Binh Tay Market
|Embroidery in Progress|
|Artists at work|
|Lacquer work Artist|
|Lacquer work finishing|
|High End Pottery|
That being said, there are many bargains and good value items to be found, be it paintings, lacquer work or pottery. Moreover, when shopping for knickknacks, remember they are so reasonable that it is not worth knocking a few dongs of as the money is important to the hawker and is at most times worth only a few cents.
Meat Market Ho Chi Minh City
|Variety of South Vietnam Food|
Some signature dishes very popular in South Vietnam are
|My Tho Noodle Soup|
Hu Tieu (My Tho Noodle Soup)
My Tho seafood noodle soup is different from Pho, and other Vietnamese soups, as, it contains soy beans, lemon, chili, and soy sauce instead of herbs and lettuce. Meat, dried squid, and special condiments are added for aroma and flavour.
Cau Mong Beef
|Cau Mong Beef|
|Cua Rang - Soft Shelled Crabs|
Cari Do Bien
Whole Grilled Fish
Muc Xao Sa Te (Fried Squid)
|Stir Fried Vegetables|
|Bean Curd and Noodles|
Street food in Ho Chi Minh city
The street food scene in HCMC is absolutely fabulous, many food writers rate it among one of World's top ten cities for excellent street food. The food is fresh, tasty and cheap. The author, for one, would have been very happy to eat street food all the time were it not for the more sophisticated requirements of the wife.
Fried Chicken Rice
Simple dishes like chicken fried rice, fresh sea food, pho, rice cakes, bean curd with vegetables and sticky rice are available everywhere and are finger licking delicious. The non-adventurous, who only eat in their hotels, will have reason to regret not trying out this cornucopia of great food and dishes.
South Vietnam's Street Food
|Street food in Ho Chi Minh city|
|Fried Chicken Rice|
|South Vietnam's Street Food|
|Food and various sauces|
|Nuoc Mam and Tuong based dipping sauces|
|Commercial Vietnamese Sauces|
The French occupation left Saigon with a great culture of Cafes. There are many nice cafes which serve excellent Vietnamese coffee and delectable cakes and pastries. It is nice to while away sometime, in a side walk cafe, leisurely sipping coffee and watching the world go by.
|Zen Bar and Cafe|
Bars and Nightlife
Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar
|Caravelle - Saigon Saigon Bar|
Crazy Buffalo Bar
Apocalypse Now Bar
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City has a well founded reputation for more esoteric forms of night entertainment.
|Ladies of the Night in HCMC|
Singles are advised caution and the use of common sense, be safe.
|Budget Cruise Boat|
|Boat Traffic Mekong|
|Mekong Cruise Boat HCMC to Siem Reap|
It is time now for this intrepid traveler to leave this fascinating country and journey to other lands afar......... The Philippines beckons. That, however, is another story............ Keep reading and have fun.