Review: Now my favorite Vietnam. part 5 One day in Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)

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The next stop on our journey was the "second capital of Vietnam" - the city of Ho Chi Minh city, loosely old name Saigon. The flight from da Nang Vietnam airlines took just under an hour. Booked the hotel, we were not, and indeed full. Only knew that I wanted to get out of Saigon for a few days in Cambodia.

To get from the airport we planned on city bus # 152, which, as we know, goes to the market Ben Thanh. But we didn't know where it stops exactly, and coming from the airport went looking for him on foot with the help of local residents. As we learned later, a bus stops directly at the terminal. But anyway, after a few hundred meters on the instructions of a local, we got to the bus stop and waited for the bus. Along the way we met an interesting sculpture:


The bus did not wait long. Trip on local public transport we loved it. The bus was air conditioned, with TV, and went nearly empty to the Ben Thant. Inside the bus is very convenient traffic, for which we controlled our way. Payment on buses in Saigon are quite interesting. At the entrance is the unit in the form of a box into which you throw money, and the driver, pressing the button on this unit throws you the change of things. The passage, by the way, cost us 4,000 Dong (currency of Vietnam, the exchange rate) from the head. Stunningly cheap!

On the way to the hotel

In General, we landed near the market, and on the map and the compass went in the direction of the tourist district. The district liked at first glance. It's all noisy and funny and ... I don't know that much, but in a tourist area and the Saigon I fell in love. Of all the places we visited on this journey, Saigon.

A little walk around the area stopped at one of the hotels Kim Hotel, the room looked and it and decided to stay. The hotel is small with a lift for $ 15 for a couple per night without Breakfast. Also offering a room for $ 18 with a balcony, but we decided to take the more economical. All the amenities in the room: a perfectly working air conditioner, TV, fan, some furniture, refrigerator.

The hotel room
The hotel room

The arrival immediately decided to celebrate the local beer from the Minibar (fridge). Prices in the Minibar is also just super.

Saigon beer from the Minibar

Literally the first time coming down from the rooms to the reception and asking for bus tickets to Cambodia suddenly found themselves owners of a three-day tour of the Mekong Delta with the final stop in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in one direction. The tour included three days on buses, boats, two nights in the cities of Vietnam, with Breakfast, a lot of stops on the tour. Additionally, it was only necessary to have money for food and visa to Cambodia. Back roads tour is not included, but we decided to spend in Phnom Penh for two days and return back to Saigon because the return flight home we had here. And now the most important thing. The price For all this pleasure we paid $ 84 for two! To go we had the next morning, so we agreed to leave the extra baggage (by that time we already had gained all sorts of Souvenirs and shopping) at the hotel and so we left the room. Details about this trip in the next report.

Meanwhile, the rest of the day we decided to dedicate a cursory familiarity with the surroundings. Our love in Saigon then explore even more intensified:

The area near the market Ben Thanh
The Market Ben Thanh
In the heart of Saigon
Exotic tourist transport, not cheap by the way
The area near the "House of culture"
The house of culture of Saigon
Evening Saigon

The next day, waking up early in the morning, we went to the Parking of the bus, which was to begin our three-day journey through the Mekong Delta and two-day stay in Cambodia. But more about that in the next part.

Continuation: part 6 From Vietnam to Cambodia via the Mekong Delta...
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Jane_M 07 Dec 2014, 12:03
About hotels in Vietnam have made such a conclusion that the service from stardom does not. 3*, 5* - all service is on top, everywhere You are friendly and will fulfill any request. And the number of stars indicates only the location(proximity) to the beach and the size of the garden.
Not to mention, about favorite Vietnamese fish sauce. Its worth a try despite the smell. But to visit the places where the sauce is produced, would not recommend, is a very specific smell. What I saw on the street, in the sun there are large barrels of fish, and fermented:).
Dalat highly recommend to visit. 1 every 2 years there is carried out a festival of colors, is very well maintained, green and cozy town. ...
Foxa 31 Jan 2015, 13:10
We were in Saigon just 2 short days, and then flew to Phu Quoc island - already had bought tickets. When I flew out of Saigon, the only thing I was sorry that we stayed so little! Gave myself a promise that next time we will spend in this beautiful city at least a week! So I want to advise those who are planning a trip to Vietnam and will buy tickets on their own - take on Saigon more time, it's worth it! ...
admin 31 Jan 2015, 13:45
Glad you liked Saigon, I really like it too. But I would be careful with recommendations about "least a week". Still, not everyone will like spending time in a noisy bustling city instead of the beach. Two full days for most of them will be enough, and those who love other people, large cities can linger a little longer. ...
Foxa 31 Jan 2015, 14:34
About a week - I wrote that we would like there is so much to be. :) And of course, to each his own! But there are so many museums and the city itself is so interesting that walk-not to deregulate. Next we go to Vietnam no less than 3 weeks. You have a good photo, immediately reminded of our journey.
Jane_M, we too were at the factory where they make fish sauce. Yes, the smell of it is still the same! But it is possible to buy in addition to sauce a lot of good and very tasty sun-dried local fish. It's in Fukuoka. And, by the way, Fukuoka is prohibited to take out this sauce. ...
admin 31 Jan 2015, 14:38
Nifiga . Why? ...
admin 31 Jan 2015, 14:43
He googled and found that the earlier airlines in Fukuoka was used ATR72 aircraft, where the Luggage area combined with a passenger. And when the bottles crashed, the cabin echoing the "mouthwatering aroma" best Fukuoka fish sauce . And then it was forbidden to export. Actually, I always pour the sauce in plastic bottles, when being taken home. So safer and easier without glasses. ...
Foxa 31 Jan 2015, 15:14
I didn't know about the true reasons for the ban! :) Now I know!
And we are from Vietnam brought a local ground coffee and bought them special cups with lids and filters for brewing.
Here, too, by the way, advice to those who are going to Vietnam and thinks that you can bring out there simply amazing coffee! I'm not a fan and not a coffee-drinker, but the Vietnamese coffee will never give up. :) ...
admin 01 Feb 2015, 07:07
Yes, Vietnamese coffee is one of the best in the world, IMHO. ...
Saulina 25 Mar 2016, 15:46
Uhh posomtrel photo, already longing attacked! ...
Cenika 20 Sep 2017, 19:43
I have a holiday to Vietnam is only the most positive memories and emotions. Oh, the beautiful beach of Nha Trang, we were here in June, rested perfectly. For travelers chose the hotel Den Long Do Hotel, the conditions are excellent, the service is good. Of the trip brought a bunch of Souvenirs and delicacies, in particular, found the shop "Alco House", where he bought the local bottling alcohol in bottles that you can carry in the airport. Loved the nature and the hospitality of the locals, sightseeing and culture. ...