Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


We only had one full day to spend in Ho Chi Minh (formerly named Saigon) so we took the full day city tour with Go Asia Travel. Thank God we booked the city tour with them because traffic was so hectic in Ho Chi Minh that I’ve become so terrified of crossing the street (read more about it here).

We stayed in Dragon Palace 3, which was very near several restaurants and seemed popular with tourists. It’s about 20 minutes away from Ben Thanh market, so if shopping’s your thing, you’d best stay somewhere closer to the market. It’s also a bit of a walk from the other tourist places.

The hotel was small but the room was spacious and clean. The buffet spread was very simple and filling – we were just spoilt for choice by Splendora!

We didn’t go around Ho Chi Minh much and only opted for the whole day city tour, care of Go Asia Travel. Booking all the tours in one go just made everything easier for us. What I loved about booking direct with them was that everything was accounted for. Some of the tourists in our bus were surprised when they were told that they were paying for their lunch. They thought that was already covered in their tour fee, so best to check with your tour company the inclusions and exclusions. I wanted to be very sure before booking so I sent a summary email to Kien of Go Asia the tours we were taking and every inclusion mentioned in our numerous emails, so there were no surprise fees during our tour.

Chinese temple
Notre-Dame Cathedral
Exercise equipment are available for free in parks
One level has a heartbreaking display about the effects of Agent Orange

We ended our stay in Ho Chi Minh City by attending the free NYE celebration in the middle of the city. There were so many people but it still felt safe. My parents found it too loud and opted to stay a bit farther away from the stage. Meanwhile, I wanted to get up to the front and party the night away! We didn’t plan the celebration properly! We had an early flight the next day, so after the countdown, we trooped back to the hotel.

Again, we opted to have our transfers booked via the hotel. They just gave us a coupon, which we handed to the driver when we arrived at the airport. Of course it was expensive, but it was convenient, comfortable, and safe, and for this trip, we valued those beyond saving a few bucks. Since they’re in their sixties, I have to adjust my budget to suit their comfort too. I treasure all the moments where I see them so relaxed and remove from their work problems. I hope we get to have a lot more in the years to come. 🙂

Read my other posts about Vietnam!

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  2. The War Remnants Museum was truly heartbreaking. You need a strong stomach to see and read all the displays.

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