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Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon

Written by Lewis Teo


Ho Chi Minh City, known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s capital city and is therefore the first stop many travelers have to visit Vietnam. If you are visiting Ho Chi Minh City for the first time, it is likely to be overwhelming and you will need tips on things to do in Ho Chi Minh City or some activities in the city. Saigon is huge and fun, surrounded with many attractions all over the city and its area.


At the Right opposite of Notre-Dame Cathedral you will be able to find this famous building – The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City. The most vintage and photogenic post office I’ve ever seen. The Central Post office nowadays is a tourist attraction that serves the purpose as a real post office and beautifully designed for tourists to take photogenic Instagramable-pictures and send some letters home for your family and friends. During the week, the Central Post Office is open daily from 7.00 A.M. to 7.00 P.M. At weekends it will close at 6.00 P.M. And there is no admission to visit the building.


Besides that, another beautiful attraction that we went during our trip is Ho Chi Minh City Hall. A magnificent building in French Colonial style and a huge square space that links to the river. During day time you won’t find lots of shady spots on the square but as soon as the sun sets, the squares come to life and I personally love the night view at these big squares with windy weather. You could definitely experience yourself when you’re in HO CHI MINH CITY.


Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is really a beautiful city to check it out if you’re looking for a budget trip, and the grab service is working well too. It’s very convenient to travel around the city too. If you’re a café hopper like me, do check out the Café Apartment (Picture above) that is near Ho Chi Minh City hall. The culture is really strong, they have more than 10 cafés and other lifestyle shops in this apartment. Way to enter café apartment – There is a staircase that will take you every floor, or you can pay a fee of 3,000vnd ($0.13 USD) to use the elevator. Most shops and cafés will refund the elevator fee on your bill. Do check this out, I’m sure it’ll surprise you too !

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