Traveling Saigon – The city does not sleep
Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is the southern central city, the largest, and the most vibrant city in the country.
Knowing for many names, each nickname of Ho Chi Minh city represents a meaningful, a completely different personality. If the “city does not sleep” refers to the vibrant, youthful, bustling day and night; the “Vien Dong pearl” reminds a nostalgic Saigon, a Saigon with a different culture, harmony between East and West.
Discovering Saigon, you will be surprised with the skyscrapers, but also do not miss the opportunity to sneak among old apartment buildings that are several decades old. This city has historical sites still standing in the wind and rain such as Ben Thanh Market, Doc Lap Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral; there are also new entertainment venues such as Nguyen Hue Walking Street, contemporary art centers, or unique cafes, showing the vitality and modern style of today’s youth.
Stop here, the most gourmet visitors will also be satisfied with a long list of famous Saigon dishes near and far such as broken rice, noodles, bread, snails; or the snacks that always make the wind in the youth such as rice husks, rice paper, crab soup …
What is playing in Saigon without being bored?
To talk about the places to have fun in Saigon, there is always talk about having a long list that is updated every day. People often say “colorful Saigon” so the city does not lack of places to eat – play, enough to meet any needs of the guests away from the distance or its young residents.
If you want to learn about what makes a 300-year-old city the most bustling place in Vietnam, you cannot miss the cultural and historical attractions of Saigon. Topping the list is the relics concentrated in District 1 such as Independence Palace, City Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market … Besides, it is impossible not to mention the system of museums kept, old stories of the city such as War Remnants Museum, City Museum, Fine Arts Museum …
Always known as the “land of birds”, Saigon is the place to gather people from all over the country, forming a diverse culture. It is Cho Lon area of the Chinese people, occupying a large area in District 5 – District 6 – District 10. It is an area where Cambodians have lived for ages, forming a bustling market in the heart of District 10. It is also the district 2, district 7 – the stopping point of the foreign community to Saigon to work.
Of course, Saigon is also indispensable for new attractions that are opened every day, becoming a meeting place for young people in the city. Starting with famous names such as Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, West Bui Vien Street; Go to the ideal weekend hangouts like Saigon Outcast, The Factory Contemporary Art Center, or major shopping malls.
In the end, every trip to Saigon will be great omission if not to mention the famous delicacies here. Broken rice, bread, noodles, pho, snails, to snacks in Saigon have never stopped being attractive to visitors. Diverse cuisine with both its own specialties and the culinary harmony of the countries in Saigon is always enough to “capture the heart” of any gourmet guests.
Ben Thanh market
As the most famous symbol of Saigon, Ben Thanh Market is a historical witness to the continuous development of this city. The market serves all day and night, with all kinds of food, restaurants, to cloth and souvenirs should be very popular with visitors.
A Saigon travel combo is definitely indispensable for Independence Palace. Before the 1975 event, the building was the workplace of Governor-General of Indochina and President Ngo Dinh Diem. Nowadays, the Independence Palace has become an important historical monument, and one of the typical architectural buildings for the city in the 1960s.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Present very early in the late seventeenth century, Notre Dame Cathedral is the clearest evidence of the influence of the French on Saigon. No matter how many cities the church is built in, the church located right in the heart of District 1 with red tile roofs, two large bell towers and a peaceful Motherland park will still be a permanent symbol of the city.
Walking Street Nguyen Hue
Located right in front of the City People’s Committee, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is the most bustling nightlife in Saigon. Along both sides of the big road are shops, cafes, as well as the hottest entertainment spots for young people in the city. More interestingly, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is also home to impromptu art performance groups and is often used to organize big events.
West Bui Vien Street
To certify for “Saigon does not sleep”, they must visit the Western Quarter. On Bui Vien main road and many other small streets interlocking are a collection of shops with small tables and stools – too ideal for a night chat with friends.