During our visit, we decided to not do the tunnels or the delta. Instead, we walked extensively around town, interacted with the locals and discovered as much as we could in the given time.
This is a list of highlights chosen among the various activities, museums and restaurants that we experienced.
War remnants Museum
Operating hours: Every day 7.30 AM - 12.00 and 1.00 PM - 5.00 PM.
Price at the time of publishing of this article:
15,000 VND ( $0.70)
Golden Dragon water puppet show
We were able to book a show for the next hour, however, please note that if you prefer seating closer to the stage, then it's better to book a day in advance.
Shows are held every day at:
5.00 PM - 6.30 PM - 7.45 PM
Price at the time of publishing this article:
160,000 VND ($7.50)
Meet the residents
Our experience with Saigoneers has been pretty good. We found them to be people with a great sense of humor, like the gentleman below who owned a shop of mannequins and asked to be in the frame, when we wanted to photograph this odd golden boy. Everywhere we went, we found someone who smiled, was ready to give us directions and appreciated our disastrous efforts to say basic things in Vietnamese, so for all of these reasons and more, the residents are a highlight of our visit to Saigon.
Coffe - Ca Phe
We heard about coffee in Vietnam before, but you never really realize what this really means until you are here. Naturally, as a coffee lover, I thought I had died and gone to heaven with all these coffee shops and type of coffees and blends. Whether you pick a coffee shop chain or an independent one, I have now realized that it's physically impossible to drink a bad cup of coffee in Vietnam.
A friend who has lived in Saigon for a couple of years took us here for dinner, and to date, this is best best Vietnamese dinner we've had. On a Tuesday night the place was packed, so reservations are advised. We tried a selection of dishes, from fresh spring rolls to pork skewers and sauteed seabass. Everything was phenomenal, and we really mean it!
74/7 Hai Ba Trung, Dist. 1,
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel. (84-8) 3825 1676