If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug but don’t have the money for an expensive holiday in Europe, have no fear, I’ve got you. Why don’t you take a trip to Vietnam? It’s a beautiful country with rolling landscapes and still waters, of pollution free skies and a city of bustling and friendly people. There’s so much to see and experience and all of it extremely cheap. People usually start off their trips from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. I’m going to tell you about 5 places you should definitely visit if you make the trip to the latter:
1. War Remnants Museum
You must respect the history of any place you visit. In order to fully understand the impact Vietnam War had on the people, you have to visit to really comprehend the horrors that the people experienced. The museum is beautifully maintained with organized galleries showing you a trajectory of the war that shook their nation. The effects of Agent Orange are the hardest part to see.
2. Cu Chi Tunnels
The massive tour of the Tunnels provide you an inkling of how the war on the ground must have been like for the Vietnamese and the American Soldiers alike. You can’t really understand this without a tour guide. Fortunately there are many tour companies eager to take you to explore these areas.
3. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square
If shopping is your calling, Vietnam will not disappoint you. The two markets are within walking distance of each other and have a whole range of goods that they sell. But your bargaining skills must be top notch for you to come away with the steals. The products are good but the prices they quote are ludicrous. So, put your bargaining hat on and splurge.
4. The Independence Palace
Also known as the Reunification Palace, it used to be the headquarters of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It stands out in history because the gates of this palace were crashed open by the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. The architecture and the sumptuous decorations leave visitors in awe.
5. Ho Chi Minh Post Office
It’s an example of the beautiful French architecture that the colonial masters left behind. It’s still in use today and is very close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. So, you can basically kill two birds with one stone here. The building is extremely well maintained and it is all the more fascinating because it’s an example of living breathing history. Go and send a post card to your friend from here!
There are a lot more places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City but these are the staple spots that we must see, or else a visit to Vietnam would forever be incomplete.