Vietnamese Pho Traditional Rice Noodle

1. Cheap Eats! 🍲🍜🍊🍎🍓🍏

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is famously known for its Pho (Rice Noodle Soup) and Pork Rolls. Look for the hole in the wall/ family establishments with Anh (Aunty) or Chi (Sister) in its name to spot these gems. $8 will cover dinner for you and your mate! 👊

Vietnam Mekong Delta River Tour

Mekong Delta by @arditofa

2. Bonsai River Cruise 🏄‍♂️

Watch the sunset while sipping on Mai Tais as you stroll down the river in a Traditional Dragon Boat.

3. Cu Chi Tunnels Tour 🌄

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City on a morning or afternoon tour that travels round-trip by luxury speedboat. Go underground with your guide in Cu Chi to discover the vast tunnel network built by resourceful guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Learn about the war from the Vietnamese perspective and see authentic war relics that remain on-site.

4. Discover the Mekong Delta

Journey from Ho Chi Minh City into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a small-group tour led by an experienced local guide, cruising along the mighty Mekong in a private long-tail boat. Experience this important river delta firsthand as you explore both jungle-shaded canals and wide waterways to see fishing villages, exotic fruit farms, and the rhythms of daily life. You’ll also enjoy a lunch of traditional Mekong Delta dishes and sample local specialties along the way.

Vietnam Street Market

Street food market by @aisha_jassat

5. Value For Money

Your money will go far, very very far in Vietnam. It’s important to know the basic costs of things so you don’t get ripped off. Bartering is part of the culture so learn the art of this and save your money.

6. Markets

Haggling is an art form requiring practice but it’s still easy enough to pick up a bargain. District 1’s Ben Thanh Market is the most famous market: there are more than 3000 stalls so prices can often be inflated for tourists. For another option go to District 1’s Tan Dinh which specialises in silks and clothing material.

Vietnam Resort

7. Nightlife

Equivalent to Bangkok’s famed Khao San Road, Pham Ngu Lao Street is HCMC’s backpacker district, and it’s where the revelry goes on long into the night. If you’re looking for a more urbane option, try a rooftop bar hop of three of the city’s most famous hotels, the Rex, Caravelle and Majestic. Yes, drinks are nosebleed expensive, but there’s a colourful history and impressive view from each. For a refined colonial feel, Temple Club serves up a mean gin and tonic in a former temple guesthouse, while the Dong Khoi area is home to several live-music venues and more upmarket bars.

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