The most common mode of transportation in Ho Chi Minh City is the motorcycle. Lots and lots of motorcycles: 7.4 Million and counting.
Introduction to Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh is the biggest city in Vietnam with a population of 7,123,340. Its location is in the south-east area of Vietnam.
The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the dry season. This is between the months of November and March when the rainfall is much lower.
There are many accommodation options in the city. They range from luxurious hotels to lovely boutique hotels. If you prefer accommodations that are lower in price here are some of our favorites. , You can consider Le Thanh Ton, Ly Tu Trong, Le Ahn Xuan, Tran Hung Dao, and Dong Khoi streets.
The city has a very developed inner-city transportation network. Ho Chi Minh is the most attractive spot in Vietnam. It is because of its historical significance, and architecture from the French colonial period. There are also many museums and a great mystical atmosphere.
While Inside Ho Chi Minh City
There are many other things to do in this city and each of them is a must-see. Visit The War Remnants Museum which shows the details of the war between America and Vietnam. This all from the Vietnamese point of view. Most of the ‘storytelling are only done with photographs, some of which are very graphic.
You can visit the Cao Dai Temple which is the center of Cao Dai faith. It is a religion that has taken something from Islam, Taoism, Christianity, and Confucianism.
You should not miss the Jade Emperor Pagoda. It is a living and working shrine very much in use by the locals. They come here for prayer or to make votive offerings of flowers, and light candles and joss sticks. With worshippers coming and going, the temple can get busy and feel a little cramped. The narrow passageways filled with smoke lend an atmospheric feel to the place. This and the dim lighting only add to its charm.
Jariamman Hindu Temple. This temple has a colorful facade that jumps out amongst less ornate neighbors. Saigon’s Mariamman Hindu Temple seems out of place. Inside, the atmosphere is lively and the powerful smell of incense hangs in the air. The temple commemorates the goddess Mariamman. She is worshipped for miraculous powers including curing heat-based diseases. She is also known for helping people find good spouses.
And do not leave without visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh City Zoo.
Going Outside of Ho Chi Minh City
You should especially visit the floating market and Cu Chi Tunnels. These are outside of the city. It would be better if you were to get there with a tour. Cu Chi Tunnels is the tunnel system built by the Vietnamese to hide from Americans during the war. It is approximately 250 kilometers long with its kitchens and living rooms. There is a section has been reopened and you can travel through the tunnels. You will no doubt emerge with a much different outlook of what it was like during that time.
The Floating Market is a market where the locals sell their fresh produce from their boats. It is best to visit the Market in the early hours of the day.
There is also the tour of My Tho. When you get to the city of My Tho, you could get in small boats and go across to one of the four islands. Every island bears the name of a sacred animal. Dragon, which stands for the king. Phoenix, which stands for the queen and the female. Unicorn which stands for wisdom; and Turtle which stands for long and healthy life. On these islands. there is a coconut factory, the products of which are pure and natural. You can also see the production of rice paper.
The Decision Of What To See Is Yours
All we have done is ‘to have scratched the surface’ of what there is to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City. Before you decide to travel to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh, do some research. There is tons of information on the internet, read reviews and pick out places that interest you. Be flexible and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your visit. A rushed holiday is no holiday at all.
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