Motorcycles buzzing like bees on Saigon’s streets! Click below!
Calm motorcycle traffic in Saigon's normally hilariously chaotic flux! Fortunate to have caught this seemingly orderly flow. Discover this picturesque city where rich heritage coupled with old world colonial charm welcome modern progress this October on www.incahootswithpj.com! 😊🎉👍 #saigon #hochiminh #vietnam #travel #tour #tourist #love #instafollow #followme #follow4follow #followforfollow #photooftheday #picoftheday
The victorious feeling of being able to cross Saigon’s buzzing streets unscathed, for the very first time, is quite unforgettable! Truth be told, and after three short visits to Saigon, I am already massively enamoured by her irresistible charm. Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City) is a place that possesses the enviable glamour of an old world city coupled with the trappings of perceptible progress and modernity. The organised chaos of countless motorcycles zipping back and forth like bees sans wings, the delicious aroma of Vietnamese coffee – hot or cold, being prepared and brewed at every corner, and her people criss-crossing her busy but quaint avenues have undoubtedly got me smitten. And she grows on you the more you get to know her.
A considerably small city, the best way to get to know her is on foot. If you are planning to visit, I strongly suggest you stay in the many hotels located in District 1, designed by French architects during the colonial era, it is the city’s financial and commercial hub. It is also the part of town where most of her most important and impressive structures are located. Pack your walking shoes as you’ll definitely need them!
Hungry? No worries! The streets of Saigon’s District 1 are dotted with food stalls from sunrise to sundown! Check out the video below:
- Hotel de Ville – built in the French colonial style as a hotel in the 1900s, this majestic edifice was converted into what is now the Ho Chi Minh City Hall; though closed to the public, tourists and locals alike flock to get a glimpse of its fabulous facade at night when the building and its grounds are all magically lit up
- Saigon Opera House – custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret; transformed into South Vietnam’s Assembly House in 1955; only open to the public during events
- Notre Dame Cathedral – the architectural marvel sits between two streams of traffic and is located in the middle of District 1; built between 1863 and 1880 with with materials imported from France
- Saigon Central Post Office – built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations
- Bitexco Financial Tower – tallest structure of Saigon at 262.5 metres high: evidence of Vietnam’s rising economic progress, this gleaming structure was inaugurated in 2010; the Saigon Skydeck on the 49th floor offers breathtaking views of the entire city including the Mekong River
- Mariamman Hindu Temple – a stand-out colourful structure built by traders from India in the late 19th century
- Reunification Palace – built in the 1970s, the palace was designed for South Vietnam’s then President Ngo Dinh Diem; spacious greenery abound in its grounds
- Ben Thanh Market – refer to my separate post under the Contempo Cranny category
- Saigon facts:
- Also known as Ho Chi Minh City, it is the financial capital of Vietnam.
- Located in the southern part of the country, weather is hot and humid all year round unlike in cool Hanoi which is in the north.
- Expect to see food stalls lining its streets doing brisk business especially around the Benh Thanh Market – Saigon’s biggest market where one can purchase almost anything under the sun.
- Founded in 1698 with an area of 2,095 square kilometres.
- Population as of 2014, almost 8 million.
- Bring your US dollars to get the best rates for exchanging to their Vietnamese Dong.