Saigon Vietnam info and facts

Mobile park bench in Saigon

Mobile park bench in Saigon

Saigon facts: Sightseeing in Saigon is all about its history. From the ancient Jade Emperor Pagoda to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, visitors can follow the trail of influences on this city. Don’t miss the Reunification Palace, where the storming of the gates on 30 April 1975 was the definitive act of the tragic war between North and South.

Saigon facts: Despite an ongoing crackdown on the opening hours of bars and clubs, Saigon is still a great place for nightlife. With restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, bars bouncing with live music and chic clubs attracting the fashion crowd, this city is certainly buzzing. And if you really need that late night drink, you’ll always find some bar around Pham Ngu Lau open for business.

Saigon facts: Fortunately there are pockets of green in the city that help to absorb all that carbon dioxide from the traffic and provide somewhere to escape  all the madness. Cong Vien Van Hoa Park and the Botanical Gardens are both within easy reach of downtown.

Saigon facts: Saigon offers the best shopping opportunities of anywhere in Vietnam and though souvenir shops abound, the fancy boutiques along Dong Khoi selling jewellery, textiles, ceramics and lacquerware display the most tempting items to take home.

Saigon facts: When the city gets too much for you, as it does for most at some time, consider a day trip to explore some of Vietnam’s lush scenery. One of the most popular day trips combines a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels to the west of the city, which were essential to the Vietcong during the American War, with the flamboyant Cau Dai Temple at Tay Ninh. It’s also possible, though a bit rushed, to head for the beach at Ho Coc, or take a trip to a floating market in the Mekong Delta.

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