TRAVELING TO HO CHI MINH CITY / VIETNAM
Having already traveled in Asia (South Korea, Laos, Japan), last month I was offered the opportunity to partner up with Fly Edelweiss to go to Vietnam/HCMC. This collaboration took place because the company had just launched their new direct flight connecting Zurich International Airport to Ho Chi Minh City.
I took the very first plane on November 15th, which called for a theme celebration at the airport – spring rolls, beer, and martial art upon our eyes – and a smooth flight to my destination.
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HO CHI MINH
BEFORE THE DEPARTURE
Before the travel, I have spent a good deal of time researching and preparing the places I wanted to visit as well as possible accommodations. Because I couldn’t stay more than 4 days in the country (6 days of travel) I wanted to know exactly what there was to see in the HCM, and if I could roam around other close cities.
For these four days, I decided to take a carry-on and a backpack as it was going to be a rather short period of time.
- HOW IS THE CITY ?
Ho Chi Minh has an interesting and complicated architecture to comprehend. The town is a mix of old traditional buildings and new innovative buildings, which could be shocking at times.
When you arrive in Saigon you will be met by thousands of scooters and motorcycle as they are the number one transportation used by the locals. Taking that into consideration, you have to be prepared to hearing all day long honking sounds between these two wheels, the cars and the buses.
- WHAT I HAVE VISITED ?
Even though I had made a very full, very complete list of places to visit, it was humanely impossible to see everything especially with the time allotted. Therefore I ended up going to the following places:
Up and coming long street where you can take a walk like many Vietnamese while enjoying a drink or cake.
There visit a coffee shop at the up and coming apartment mall 42 Nguyen Hue
Market Ben Thanh
A market where you can eat delicious Vietnamese dishes (Korean or Chinese), shop or shop at a small dose first of all.
Address: Đường Lê Lợi, Cửa Nam Chợ Bến Thành, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Pink church – Tan Dinh Church
Tan Dinh Church, in its candy pink color, is the Sacred Heart of Ho Chi Minh City.
Address: 289 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Open Hours: Daily 05:00 – 17:30
- WHAT I LIKED ?
If there is one thing that didn’t fail me during this journey, it has to be the food. In Saigon, you can eat delicious meals made with fresh veggies and fruits. The latter, you can consume in its entirety or in the form of smoothies all little bit everywhere around town.
- WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE?
There were two things which that made me uncomfortable, and they were:
Number one – the feeling of insecurity, which I have felt upon the first minutes that we had set foot inside the city.
Number two – the noise. I was simply not ready, or didn’t have the level of peace inside of me to endure all the noises produced by the city.
I have been surprised by this city, like never before with any other cities. But overall, I feel very happy to have had the chance to visit it and discover different faces of Vietnam.
My exploration of Asia, or the world, aren’t over yet. You might catch me there again in the future while I’m out going around different countries. But in the meantime, I wave you goodbye.. for today. And don’t forget that you can win a trip to Vietnam with Fly Edelweiss until the December 14th.
Have you ever traveled to Ho Chi Minh? Or are you going there soon? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below