Saigon is a fast-paced, energetic, exciting city that’s constantly changing. Even its name hasn’t stayed the same; in 1976 Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City – but this hasn’t really caught on with the locals!
Saigon was one of the cities worst affected by the Vietnam War. However, it has built itself back up and is now a buzzing metropolis full of top-notch hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Despite this, you still get a sense of the French Colonial influence from all those years ago.
You can ride pillion on a guided Vespa (the best way to navigate the traffic) as Saigon comes to life after dark. These guides will show you the true Saigon. By avoiding the fancy, sophisticated restaurants in favour of traditional street food and parties, you’ll really get to grips with the local culture. And, be sure to take a stroll around District One, where most of the main sights can be found.
If you get a chance, visit Bitexco Tower in the financial district. It’s the highest point in Saigon and provides a spectacular view. It will also help you appreciate the different areas, architectural styles and scale of this magnificent city. For history buffs, head to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. They were first constructed during the war against the French and were expanded in the 1960s, when they played a vital role in the conflict with the Americans.
Saigon never stands still, that’s why travellers like you return time and again. However, this doesn’t mean that the locals don’t appreciate their past; far from it. The War Remnants Museum and traditional structures scattered around the city speak to the heritage of this destination and the pride of its locals.
Saigon is not where you go for a peaceful trip. It’s noisy, flashy and exuberant – but all in the most fantastic way!
Plan your trip to Saigon today.