Ho Chi Minh City
2 day itinerary
Ho Chi Minh, the former Saigon, is the largest and most populous city in Vietnam. Renamed in honor of the former president, who died during the terrible war against the United States, Ho Chi Minh City is today the great financial and economic center and is located in the south of this country.
Vietnamese traditions and cultures gain a very cosmopolitan touch amid the skyscraper tones in this city.
The influences of China and France as well as the marks of the war against the United States are still very much alive in the streets of Ho Chi Minh.
So let’s go on our 2-day itinerary in the largest city in Vietnam.
Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
We left at 2:55 pm from Siem Reap (check out our full post here on the trip to Vietnam and Cambodia) and at 4 pm we landed in Ho Chin Minh (Saigon). At the airport our transfer was waiting for us. We booked through the hotel we stayed in (cost U $ 15 dollars).
We went to the hotel – Vintage Hostel Saigon – which was on the main street of bars in Ho Chi Minh (which was supposed to be great news and ended up being a sleepless night). We arrived, checked in, left our bags and left for the location recognition. We walked around the block, chose a place to eat and then continued our walk on the craziest street in this city.
We stayed at this location until approximately 9 pm, and after a few drinks and drinks we returned to the hotel.
Our nightmare started there, because exactly because we were on that same crazy and tireless street (Bui Vien Walking Street) the noise was so loud that we couldn’t sleep. At 4 am I decided to cancel the hostel and look for a new alternative in the city. Because a traveler doesn’t always live with flowers and beautiful landscapes!
At 4:30 am the loud music and the annoying noise ended, and then we were able to try to rest. But just try, because at 7 am we would already be up for the next day’s tour.
Long day, long night! Our day was closed.
# 1 day: Ho Chi Minh City – Full Day Mekong Delta Tour
We woke up at 7 am, decided to leave the hostel (we got the return of the next two nights we would stay), and proceeded to the meeting point of the tour that we closed the day before.
We closed at an agency very close to our hostel, on the same busy street. We paid 450 Dong for two people (bus for up to 45 people – very hard tour and really catches tourists).
At 8 am we headed for the bus and around 8:30 am we were on our way to the day’s attractions.
In about 1 hour and a half we arrived at the first stop: a place where they use bamboo fiber and cotton to make many products. This stop was really useless and only served to go to the bathroom and stretch our legs. Another 30 minutes were already on the banks of the Mekong River, the main attraction.
We continue by boat to the other points of interest of the day. We made the 3 islands that are accessible to tourists: Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn Islands. In each one, different activities where they mixed the local culture with some typical foods.
We saw a small singing presentation plus some typical fruit tasting. Then we canoe down the river and are guided by the locals. Then a new presentation of some local products, such as honey, and derivative products, we had the opportunity to pick up and find a Pyton (snake), and at the end of everything on the last island we had lunch and we had a little time for leisure (which it could be biking, hiking, or any other activity you had on the island).
At 2:30 pm we returned by boat to the banks of the river and went with our bus to a nearby temple, however as it was raining a lot at that time we were unable to get off and went straight to our return to Ho Chi Minh. We arrived in the city at 5:30 pm, had a quick bite at Bui Vien Walking Street, picked up our bags at the old hostel (the one we had problems with last night) and soon headed for our new hotel – Kien Hotel 2 .
We took our things to the new location and settled down. The day was really tiring and wear and tear, much on account of the night before, so what we had left was a bath and bed. We closed our day.
A little note about the day tour (My Tho – Ben Tre (4 Islands) Mekong Delta 1 Full Day): IT’S NOT WORTH IT. Even though it is very cheap (225 dong per person) it is a tiring ride, as you have to go by bus (and in Vietnam they are usually old and dirty), it takes hours to get there due to the chaotic traffic in this country and we still visit places well dull and with an appeal to purchase it catches tourists.
We were in a group of approximately 40 to 45 people and all the points we went through had nothing interesting. Here’s the tip!
We took this tour with Sapphire Travel ( email@example.com )
# 2 day: Ho Chi Minh City – City Tour
For the last day of the trip we leave our free time and for a quiet walking tour of the city.
We left the hotel a little later than usual, at 11 am we were drinking coffee on the street and then we went to the beginning of our walk.
The day before we took a map with the main points of interest in the city and followed the directions of the hostel attendant. At the beginning of our walk, we still passed a tourist information center and confirmed our idea.
Our route was as follows:
We went through all the places and took advantage of some photos. The distance between them was approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
At 3:30 pm we stop for our well-deserved lunch and then return to our hotel. We came back early because at night we would have our return flight to Sydney. We rested, went out again for a quick snack, returned to the hotel and relaxed until it was time to go to the airport. We closed our tour through Vietnam on this day.
Note: It is important to know that in Vietnam travelers can use Uber or another local application called Grab . Both work very well and are much cheaper, as in other countries, in relation to taxis. In Vietnam there is even the option of Uber and Grab by motorcycle. It is to the taste and availability of the tourist.
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- Hoi An Cyclo Tour
- Cham Island Diving
- Cham Island Snorkeling & Tour
- Family Cooking Tour – Hoi An
- Heaven & Earth Bicycle Tour Hoi An
- Hoian Diving Center Hoi An
- Hoi An Cooking-Eco Tour
- Bay Mau Eco Cooking Tour Hoi An
- Hoi An Village Experience
- Yellow City Food Tours Hoi An
- Electric Scooter Tours Hoi An
- Agência de Turismo Ho Chi Minh
- Agência de Turismo Ho Chi Minh 2
- Saigon Skydeck
- Passeio de Barco em Ho Chi Minh
- Sightseeing Tours Vietnã
- Tours Voluntários em Hanoi
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