There are few cities in the world that can offer such an eclectic experience in just 24 hours and one of them is Ho Chi Minh City. Whether you are transiting through the city for the day or have some time to explore during a business trip, you can be sure to enjoy and take away a true Vietnamese experience!
Part of the charm of exploring the city in a limited time is discovering just how simple it is to get around. Easy to navigate by taxi, public bus or, for the more adventurous, on foot, a day in Ho Chi Minh City is set to be a busy, but rewarding experience. Whether you want to soak up as much culture as possible, grab a bargain or simply find a street café and watch the world go by, Vietnam’s second city has it all.
Here are some suggestions of how to make the most of a short 24-hour trip to this dynamic city:
Start the morning by enjoying breakfast in true local style. Hit up one of the city’s many street vendors and enjoy a traditional bowl of Pho on the roadside. Cheap, light, and a great way to set you up for a busy day ahead. Don’t forget to add in a famous Vietnamese coffee, and be sure to add ice and condensed milk, a perfect antidote to the enveloping heat.
After breakfast head to the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most intriguing tourist spots. Associated with the fall of Saigon in 1975, it is a melting pot of history and an insight into the tales and tragedies of the Vietnamese war. An eye-opening experience, it really will be a highlight of your whistle-stop tour of Ho Chi Minh City.
From the palace, make your way to the War Remnants Museum which continues the story of the Vietnamese war. The museum features US-armoured vehicles and other relics from this period, as well as in-depth commentary and first-hand accounts. Parts of the grounds have even been set aside for reconstructions of the notorious prisons of Phu Quoc and Con Son islands.
Break up the day with lunch at the famous Nha Hang Ngon, conveniently located close to the museum. Having become increasingly popular with locals and tourists alike, it offers a great setting amongst the grounds of a colonial villa. The menu offers an enticing introduction to local Vietnamese food. Stroll the perimeter and take in the sights and scents of cooks whipping up specialised traditional dishes from their very own stalls.
Work off lunch with a leisurely stroll down the tree lined boulevards towards the Notre Dame Cathedral. Built during the French colonial period, it is the most symbolic building in Ho Chi Minh City. Close to the cathedral is the city’s majestic post office, opened in the late 1800’s, it is a true example of the neoclassical architecture of the time. A perfect spot for a photo opportunity!
A trip to the city is not complete without paying a visit to Ben Thanh Market. Conveniently located close to the city centre, this thriving market is now Ho Chi Minh City’s largest and is fast becoming a bustling icon. Enjoy your afternoon meandering through the historic building, packed full of stalls selling local handicrafts, textiles, souvenirs, food and jewellery. It is indeed a haven for those looking to bag a bargain.
Enjoy dinner on-board a river cruise down the Saigon River, a real must-see whilst in the city. A true dining experience with a difference, this is the perfect way to soak up the activity along the river and to enjoy the panoramic views of the sunset and city lights from the top deck.
Finish your evening in style with a cocktail at Chill Skybar. Relatively new on the block, this nightspot has raised the bar for the city’s social scene. Offering sweeping views of the Financial District and central areas from the 27th floor of the A&B Tower, the bar boasts a hip and contemporary setting, stellar service and an impressive cocktail menu.
After an action packed day in Ho Chi Minh City, take advantage of Vietjet’s great value flights to other exciting destinations in Vietnam such as Phu Quoc, Hanoi and Da Nang. Or venture further afield to Vietjet’s international destinations, including Bangkok and Taipei.
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