the Vietnam Story – Ho Chi Minh, the Entrance

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It’s not particularly a week, but let’s count 5 days as one week. Doing Vietnam trip was never expected since this is my first trip with a group (I’d say 8 people as a group). There were 7 ladies in the tour, all of them are true traveller with a “budget”.

First thing first, we know Vietnam as one of 3 Indochina countries in Southeast Asia, that means they have lot of somethings to do with high value heritage, sensational landscapes, sophisticated society and historical history.

If you are under budget or mediocre travellers, do this: check airlines or travel agents website to get the best fares for flight tickets and accomodation, like twice a day. It’s at least guarantee your fixed budget.

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Hostels and hotels are lining side by side

HO CHI MINH ENTRANCE

We landed on Ho Chi Minh city, the busiest city in Vietnam although it is not its capital. We didnt plan to do anything particular, but walking around city outside your country is a city tour, right? Even if it’s only 3 hours long.

It was all arranged properly thanks to one of the member in this trip Ms. Layla, who booked a cheap but real convinient hostel around city center. It’s only 10 minutes walking distance to Central Post Office.

Central Post Office, the Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market are close to each other, that makes it even easier to do city tour. One particular similarity between Ho Chi Minh to most of Indonesia’s city is the traffic. Motorbikes are often pass the sidewalk to get free toll. That means, our live were in danger if we didnt pay attention. Thank God we were aware all time long.

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where yellow meets black

Another unique stuff that I saw, is the type of helmet they were using. They were all using un-SNI-labelled helmet, which means their lives is also in danger if they didnt pay attention. But they were aware, and they were professionals in driving bikes. So that settled.

Old building is always remaining lots of stories. They lived, like in all ages, going through lot of scenes, be the witness of any historical events. Saigon Central Post Office was constructed between 1886 – 1891, it penetrates through time, hundred of years and now become one of the best tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh. In addition, photographing old things give you vintage impression, like when you do take picture of the Cathedral.

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Vintage sensation in Cathedral

The other place to visit during Ho Chi Minh city tour, is Ben Thanh Market, which location is not too far from the Cathedral and Post Office. Regular market, and yet it sells everything. From daily needs, to the souvenirs you want to give to your people. Coffee lovers are able to find what they want in this place. I bought coffee and souvenirs, Vietnam drip filter, shirts, and egusi (!). See, that’s various things!

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the Market is lightened up!

Don’t think it was easy to walk around the city in 3 hours. That’s enough to encourage us to get back to hostel. Oh, speaking of hostel, we stayed at Saigon 237 Hostel, located nearby the three location of those tourist attractions. Fair fare, you’ll get your bunk bed, wifi, simple breakfast, nice hospitality from the hot hostess, and plenty of electricity plugs for you who cant live without your smartphones.

That’s enough from the Ho Chi Minh. What I excited so much was the next trip, MUI NE. Yeah, Mui Ne.

Notes:

  • DPS – KUL: IDR 650,000, KUL – SGN: MYR 87
  • Bus from SGN to city center: VND 10,000
  • Taxi from hostel to city center: VND 100,000
  • SaiGon237 Hotel: VND 150,000
  • Entrance tickets: Lost in memory
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