Since we only had one day in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon to those who are from the south), we decided to book a hotel in District 1 so that we would be closer to the sights we wanted to see. Hotels in District 1 are a little bit more expensive ($14/night for a spacious private room/private bath), but for us it was worth the extra so that we could save travel time and transportation expenses. Jared and I love trying street food, but we are very cautious because we know the risk we are taking. We usually only eat at street vendors if the food looks fresh, the stand looks clean, and they cook it in front of us. I always stay clear of street food that is precooked… who knows how long that dish has been sitting in the hot sun.
I guess I didn’t really know what to expect at the war museum, but I hadn’t prepared myself for the strong anti-USA propaganda. After only a few minutes of being in the museum, I felt like claiming I was Canadian if anyone were to ask. After the museum, we headed out on foot to explore more of the city. Our next few stops included the beautiful Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Saigon Central Post Office, and a walk through a neardby park.
The Post Office in downtown Ho Chi Minh was constructed by the French in the early 20th century, and it’s beautiful architecture has turned it into a tourist attraction. We spent the rest of the day walking around the downtown area of Saigon. It was a beautiful city, and we really wished we had more time there.
The thick power lines in Vietnam were literally thick enough to provide you with shade while standing under them. Jared got to experience the life of a coconut salesman.We ate more street food for dinner and we have remained in good health since then. We hopped on a bus ($10.50) early the next morning to head to Phnom Pehn! Stay tuned to hear about our adventures in Cambodia.