#1 10-3-2017 7:16 AM

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Ho Chi Minh City

Hi,

I'll be in Ho Chi Minh City for 4 nights, how should I spend my time there, any recommendations? things like must see places, eating places etc

 

#2 10-3-2017 7:35 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

While in HCMC, book a two days trip to Mekong Delta this really is beautiful to see. You stay in a hotel for a night in Can Tho which is included in the tour

Afterwards visit Cu Chi Tunnel, book a half day tour

And for remaining days stroll around HCMC visit the post office building, cathedral and the War Remnants Museum

Eating places, if you stay in Pham Ngu Lao area you'll find a lot of restaurants and most pubs has happy hours in the evening and this really good to take an advantage, all drinks are half of the price

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#3 10-3-2017 7:46 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

The War Remnants Museum was harrowing but very interesting - well worth a trip, and more balanced than I expected it to be.  The Reunification palace was interesting too; it's rare to see intact 1960s architecture and the tour was very well done.  Those together take a full day. 

We took the hydrofoil to Bin Chau hot springs (there's only so many war memorials I can cope with in one trip and I chose the museum over the tunnels), and enjoyed it a lot.  The springs are very much aimed at local tourists and it was a good experience.  It is worth pre booking the boat as my husband refused to pre-book it and it was full,  and we ended up having to take an epic and very uncomfortable mini bus home the long way.

 

#4 10-3-2017 7:50 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

thanks for your prompt feedback Belinda, i'm staying in Ton Duc Thang, Ben Nghe, Quan area, i will start preparing an itinerary soon, I've just come back from Hanoi - love the place, one thing i'm not missing is the constant beep beep - the place is nuts

 

#5 10-3-2017 7:53 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

thanks Sarah, do you remember the tour operators name you used, or does anyone else know of any reliable tour operators in Saigon

 

#6 10-3-2017 8:01 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

siank73 wrote:

thanks for your prompt feedback Belinda, i'm staying in Ton Duc Thang, Ben Nghe, Quan area, i will start preparing an itinerary soon, I've just come back from Hanoi - love the place, one thing i'm not missing is the constant beep beep - the place is nuts

Haha yes, the sounds of motorbikes can get crazy big_smile

I see you are staying on the otherside of backpackers area, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby in Ton Duc Thang try Hoang Yen restaurant in a buffet style.

Or walk for 10 minutes or take a taxi to Vincom Center, on the ground floor of the shopping mall are plenty of restaurants. I really like the Japanese restautants inside, is pricey but the food is worth.

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#7 10-3-2017 10:12 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

siank73 wrote:

thanks Sarah, do you remember the tour operators name you used, or does anyone else know of any reliable tour operators in Saigon

We did everything independently apart from the reunification palace- as I recall you had to take a tour and we just joined one on the day, and she worked for the palace. The war remnants museum is well sign posted in English, and we traveled independently to Bin Chau as well, hiring a scooter once we got off the hydrofoil. Sorry!

 

#8 10-6-2017 5:02 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

is it possible to do Mekong Delta and tunnels in one day, or is it best to split it, do Mekong Delta 1 full day

 

#9 10-6-2017 9:15 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

siank73 wrote:

is it possible to do Mekong Delta and tunnels in one day, or is it best to split it, do Mekong Delta 1 full day

No. The tunnels are north of the city, the Delta is to the south. The tunnels are a day trip in themselves, although some packages will combine the Tunnels with the Cao Dai holy see, which is also to the north of the city.

Mekong Delta is not really a day trip destination. It takes 4 hours to get from TP.HCM to Can Tho.

 

#10 10-6-2017 10:12 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera, Cao Dai Temple near the tunnels, The Reunification Palace, Cholon

 

#11 10-6-2017 1:33 PM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

siank73 wrote:

is it possible to do Mekong Delta and tunnels in one day, or is it best to split it, do Mekong Delta 1 full day

Mekong Delta you need one day, if you go for two days with one overnight you will see the floating market

 

#12 10-13-2017 2:08 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

thanks for all your suggestions, i'm looking forward to my south east asia trip at the end of the year

 

#13 10-17-2017 12:37 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

Fine Arts Museum and Jade Emperor Pagoda are good options to visit!

 

#14 11-6-2017 1:34 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

I disagree regarding The WRM and the Palace taking a full day. I did them both in an afternoon and certainly saw everything they have to offer and I'm the kind of person that reads everything possible. They are very close together.

District 5 is fantastic for food as it includes the city's China Town. Food is usually great all over but the variety and quality in D5 is without doubt the best. Unless you want fantastic 'western' food, which is located almost exclusively in D1 and D2.

The Cu Chi tunnels are really not that great. I've been twice with two different tour companies and both times the whole experience was very underwhelming. I understand the appeal however it is a full day's trip and in my mind, not worth it at all.

A trip up the city's tallest building, Bitexco, is a great way to see fantastic views of the city. You DO NOT need to pay to go up there and the drink's are very reasonably priced given the setting. It's best to go at around 16:30/17:00 so that you can watch the sunset.

One of the best restaurants in the city, for me, is Den Long on Nguyen Trai in District 1. I've been multiple times and it never disappoints. Excellent food, excellent service and great prices. Definitely not to be missed.

A visit to Ben Thanh market should be replaced with a visit to Cho Lon or any of the city's other large markets.

A trip to walking street (Nguyen Hue) in D1 should also be on the cards. Best to go in the evening as there is always a lot going on. There are also lots of great restaurants and bars in the area too. 'The Long' is a lovely restaurant with outside seating and 'Broma' is a lovely little cocktail bar located on a rooftop terrace.

Other great places to eat and drink are: Bep Me In, Pizza 4Ps, Pendolasco, Stoker's Woodfired Grill and Bar.

Have a great trip!

 

#15 11-21-2017 1:03 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

cheers for your suggestions skinny_phil, i'm still in two minfs about visiting the tunnels, I will check out Den Long for sure, thx for the tip

skinny_phil wrote:

I disagree regarding The WRM and the Palace taking a full day. I did them both in an afternoon and certainly saw everything they have to offer and I'm the kind of person that reads everything possible. They are very close together.

District 5 is fantastic for food as it includes the city's China Town. Food is usually great all over but the variety and quality in D5 is without doubt the best. Unless you want fantastic 'western' food, which is located almost exclusively in D1 and D2.

The Cu Chi tunnels are really not that great. I've been twice with two different tour companies and both times the whole experience was very underwhelming. I understand the appeal however it is a full day's trip and in my mind, not worth it at all.

A trip up the city's tallest building, Bitexco, is a great way to see fantastic views of the city. You DO NOT need to pay to go up there and the drink's are very reasonably priced given the setting. It's best to go at around 16:30/17:00 so that you can watch the sunset.

One of the best restaurants in the city, for me, is Den Long on Nguyen Trai in District 1. I've been multiple times and it never disappoints. Excellent food, excellent service and great prices. Definitely not to be missed.

A visit to Ben Thanh market should be replaced with a visit to Cho Lon or any of the city's other large markets.

A trip to walking street (Nguyen Hue) in D1 should also be on the cards. Best to go in the evening as there is always a lot going on. There are also lots of great restaurants and bars in the area too. 'The Long' is a lovely restaurant with outside seating and 'Broma' is a lovely little cocktail bar located on a rooftop terrace.

Other great places to eat and drink are: Bep Me In, Pizza 4Ps, Pendolasco, Stoker's Woodfired Grill and Bar.

Have a great trip!

 

#16 11-24-2017 11:59 PM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

there are a lot of places hanging out in HCMC, Duc Ba church, Independent Museum, Nha Rong Harbour, Cu Chi Tunnel or Thanh An island smile)

 

#17 11-25-2017 3:50 AM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

The tunnels are interesting but try get a tour that includes the Cao Dai Temple, which is probably more interesting

 

#18 12-6-2017 11:09 PM

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Re: Ho Chi Minh City

For 4 nights in HCMC, you can visit a lot of places around there. For example, you can visit Mekong Delta, Cu Chi tunnel and so on. Furthermore, you also can refer to itinerary :https://www.vietnamtourbooking.com/en/ho-chi-minh-city/

 

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