3 best markets to experience Chau Doc culture

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A place where locals and travelers come together around everything from food to souvenirs, markets must be some of the most lively and colorful places to visit in the Mekong Delta. Here are the three best markets in Chau Doc where you can experience Chau Doc culture.

Chau Doc Covered Market

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Chau Doc Market

In the Chau Phu A Ward, An Giang Province lies the simple Chau Doc Covered Market. There are three distinguishing features about Chau Doc Covered Market. Firstly, the 200-year-old market is often known among locals as Fish Sauce Market for a wide range of dried fish and fish sauces produced from different kinds of fresh fish on the Tien and Hau Rivers. However, it actually offers so much more than you can easily get lost for an hour or two.

If you want to get all your local food specialty shopping done in one place, Chau Doc Market is the place. The “Kingdom of Pickled Fish” is full of salted fish, dried fish, traditional cakes, delicious local specialties, such as grilled glutinous rice filled with banana, and characteristic fruits of the Mekong Delta. Such an ideal place to discover Chau Doc cuisine!

Secondly, as the Chau Doc Market is mainly covered: an indoor section and the outside stalls with tarps overhead, it is usually busy from the early morning until afternoon. Thirdly, this busy fresh-food market reflects the primitive simplicity of the daily life of Vietnamese Southerners. Strolling around the zone for salted fish of all kinds with a cold drink of fresh sugar palm juice in hand and immersing in the characteristic smell, you will get a slice of life in the Mekong Delta, filled with a Southern Vietnam ambiance.

Tinh Bien Border Gate Market

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Tinh Bien Market

Curious about the daily life of Vietnamese living near the border gate bounded by Cambodia in the Mekong Delta? You should not miss the large trading center of Tinh Bien, which attracts thousands of traders, shoppers, and visitors on your Chau Doc tour.

The term market is flexible, and in Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta, it applies to vendors selling virtually the same thing from souvenirs to a lot of indigenous specialties of the region all under one roof. These same things sold in one open section of space make life easy for the shoppers, especially foreigners and travelers. Want to try salted fish? Go to the salted fish, where salted freshwater fish is piled into neat mountains. Want fish sauce? Go to the fish sauce stalls, where many kinds of fish sauce are placed on high shelves, with the prices labeled clearly. Want regional culinary highlights? You guessed it, go to the street food stalls.

If you can, take along a Vietnamese speaker. None available? No problem, allow yourself plenty of time. Shop owners are extremely kind, warm, cheerful, and friendly. Don’t be afraid to smell, touch, and ask for tastes. Most will invite you in to try their food and even salted fish. You will find everything from pickled vegetables: lotus roots, pearl onions, garlic, baby eggplant, young bamboo to ready-made clothes, candies, fruits, fermented and dried fish and tasty snacks and meals at the ready. Everything is here making Tinh Bien Border Gate Market a must-stop on any Chau Doc tour.

Chau Doc Floating Market

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Chau Doc floating market

Chau Doc floating market is very similar and similarly priced to the other floating markets in the Mekong Delta, but is much quieter and has a lot fewer foreigners. Make sure you visit this market with plenty of time on your Chau Doc food tour. A few well-spent hours from the crack of dawn to around 5 am to 6 am digging through the many boats fully crammed up various goods and products, especially fruit to get ready for an industry day will surely yield some amazing treasures.

Here you can make your food dreams come true with these vendors serving tasty snacks and meals at the ready, be it a bubbling pot of bún riêu (Vietnamese crab noodle soup) – vermicelli with a flavorsome broth of pork bones, freshwater crab meat bound with egg – in an open-air terrace in the animated atmosphere.

If for you the best part of a Chau Doc tour is just to find a quiet corner away from the foot traffic, get lost in the bustle, simply watch people in their daily life, and take in the cheeky banter between the lovely Vietnamese Southerners, then visiting the local markets is one of the things to do in Chau Doc.

Have you ever visited the unique Indian temple in Saigon?

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The Saigon people believed that the Mariamman temple was very sacred. Beside many Indians working in Saigon used to pray in this temple, many Vietnamese also came to worship at this temple. Let’s find out more about this place in your South Vietnam group tours.

Saigon has over 300 years of history. This is a land of many people with different nationality to settle in, including the Chinese, Indians, and many other ethnic groups. The culture in Saigon, like other extended cities in the world, such as New York or Shanghai, is open-minded and intertwined, that is not as tight as elsewhere.

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Mariamman temple outside

“Indian Lady Pagoda” is the name that people used to call the Hindu temple located at No. 45, Truong Dinh street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. This is considered the top tourist attraction in Saigon.

The temple was built in the early 20th century when a large number of Indians migrated to Vietnam and live near the temple area. Today, the temple is still regarded by the Indians as their most sacred place. Every day, there are plenty of visitors – both Indians and Vietnamese even some foreigners to light at the temple and pray for the happiness and health of themselves and their families. You can go here in your group tour in Saigon to experience the uniqueness of this temple.

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Inside the temple

 Mariamman Temple is built in the Hindu-inspired architecture of southern India. With many changes in the history, Mariamman Temple is not only famous for its unique architecture but also a sacred place. It is an incarnation of Siva (God of Destruction). While Siva was worshiped by the middle and upper classes, Mariamman was worshiped by the poor. According to legend, Mariamman (Mother Mari) is the goddess associated with fertility and prosperous rain, disease, and rain in southern India, dominated in rural Tamil state. Mariamman is the image of a beautiful young woman with a red face with a red costume, who many hands representing more strength or sometimes you can find her statue with only two or four hands. She is often sculpted in sitting or standing posture, a trident handle, a cup of rice.

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The God statue

Inside the temple, on the three sides, there are 18 statues representing 18 gods, all of whom are the reincarnations of Siva. The temple consists of the main shrine of Mariamman and in the two sides, there are Maduraiveeran (left) and Pechiamman (right). Featuring architecture for religious beliefs, the pagoda has a unique layout. At the left-hand side is the lion Simha Vahanam, the riding maternity of God Mariamman. The architectural style of the temple is arranged in U-shape that brings a cozy feeling to visitors. “Mariammam is a model goddess (myth) in popular Hinduism in South India. There are three Hindu temples in District 1: one in Truong Dinh Street, one in Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street and one in Ton That Thiep Street. Among these temples, the temple at 45 Truong Dinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward is the oldest temple and crowded of Vietnamese and Chinese people to worship. The temple was built in 1885, in the area where Indians previously set up shops to do business.

Especially twice a day, the fire sacrifice ceremony of Mariamman and the gods is celebrated at 10 am and 7 pm respectively. People believe that the attendants enjoy the blessing of accepting the god’s fire Agni from the sacrifice.

God is also the god of bumper crops, fertile land as in the traditional belief. People come to prayer as the idea in which the demand for childbirth or get married. The gods are worshiped in places other than India, most notably Singapore. In Vietnam, there is a shrine in District I, Ho Chi Minh City.

Mariamman Temple is the result of the cultural exchange between the Indian community and Vietnamese culture. The cultural intercourse has great significance in creating diversity and richness for Vietnamese religions. Every religion has its reason, but in general, the goal is educating people to become a good person, willing to love others and doing good things to create a better world. This place is worth a spot in your list of must-go destinations on your travel to southern Vietnam, right?

Where to go in Saigon?

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Saigon is not so big, but there are many places for Saigon residents and tourists to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of this place. Today, Southern Vietnam tours will introduce you where to go in Saigon.

1/ District 1:

  • Nguyen Hue walking street

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Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a large square in the heart of Saigon, where people have the pleasure to roam in the bustle and joy of the city. Tourists who first travel to Southern Vietnam must visit this place.

In this area, you can also walk down to the City People’s Committee to see one of Saigon’s oldest buildings. Adjacent to the new Vincom A is also a perfect playground in District 1 for you, you can admire the booths vibrantly and sparkling in the LED light, or simply down the dining area of Vincom is enough to roam the whole evening.

  • Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most unique buildings in Saigon. The church is two twin towers, surrounded without any fences. The foundation of the church is specially designed, withstand loads of 10 times the entire church structure above. From the outside, from the wall to the whole roof are bright red bricks, no moss clinging to mold. This is a truly great architectural work of great historical and architectural art.

  • Independence Palace

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Independence Palace

One of the typical architecture of Saigon is the Reunification Palace or the Unification Hall. This is a time-stamped building located on a 15ha plot in the heart of the city. The Independence Palace is both an ideal tourist destination and a place for holding conferences, seminars, and receptions of domestic and foreign agencies and enterprises. Currently, it has been ranked by the Prime Minister of Vietnam as a special national monument.

  • Sai Gon Center Post Office

This is an architectural style that has many features of European architectural style combined with Asia. Built-in 1886 and completed in 1891 under the design of architect Villedieu, this massive building is located on a high mound on the side of the Basilica Cathedral, behind is Hai Ba Trung Street. Nowadays, around the main building, there are many architectural works for the installation of machines and modern post office equipment. This is an ideal destination for Saigon tours.

  • City Opera House

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City Opera House

Located at Le Loi’s end, located on Dong Khoi street – the center of Ho Chi Minh city, next to two major hotels Caravelle and Continental. The theater is considered as the most typical and expensive cultural works in Saigon under the French colonial period. At present, the Ho Chi Minh City Theater is the place where professional theatrical performances are organized such as performances of opera, ballet, music, ballet, folk, opera for all art troupes in and over the country.

  • Vietnam History Museum

This beautiful but less well-known building was built in 1885, once the French Governor’s Palace, the Gia Long Palace, the Supreme Court, the Liberation Museum and finally the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Here you can see photographic material on the liberation war in Vietnam, starting with the resistance war against France and ending with the resistance war against America.

2/ Thu Duc District:

  • Suoi Tien tourist area

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Suoi Tien

Suoi Tien is one of the popular weekend entertainment venues of the people of Ho Chi Minh City and all visitors to the country and abroad. Here, visitors will enjoy the natural scenery: there are streams, forests, fish tanks … are arranged interstitial, harmonious combination in a large green space.

3/ District 10:

  • Traditional Medicine Museum of Vietnam

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Vietnam Museum of Traditional Medicine

The Vietnam Museum of Traditional Medicine, located in District 10 of southern Ho Chi Minh City is a place for visitors who want to learn more about traditional medicine in Vietnam. Here on display are more than 3,000 exhibits dating from the Stone Age to the present. The Vietnam Museum of Traditional Medicine was built and managed by the Fito Pharmacy Company Ltd., hence it is also called the FITO Museum.

4/ District 5:

  • China Town

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China town

In Saigon, there is one of the most populous Chinese neighborhoods in District 5. Here, the Chinese have built streets with their characteristic architecture. The Cholon area is home to the Chinese and is often called China town.

  • World water park

World Water Park is located in the cultural center of District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, a fun and exciting place for young people to explore the water world on hot summer days. The world of new and modern games, health care services … not only suitable for teens but also for older people, especially those who need to restore balance and recover the health after hard work hours.

  • East-West Avenue

Boulevard Vo Van Kiet – Mai Chi Tho and urban corridors along this road, with important functions in transport and cultural values, social, urban architecture and special natural landscape, preserve and promote the value of ancient architectures.

Are all Vietnamese travel agencies reliable?

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Vietnam is a promising traveling destination that has attracted a large volume of tourists each year. It is wonderful for any kinds of tours and groups of travelers. The exquisite natural settings of soaring mountains, fertile deltas, and pristine beaches in this land have been an irresistible appeal to wanderlusts. Also, after more than 4,000 years of history, Vietnam also possesses a large collection of high-valued cultural heritages that would amaze any discerning culture lovers.

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Vietnam is irresistibly beautiful

The beauty of this land is extraordinarily charming, yet the tourism industry is not really highly developed. Many of Vietnamese travel agents are willing to use dishonest means to cheat you out of your cash without hesitating.

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Travelers should be careful when choosing tour agency

So sad to say that the problems such as copycat agencies, additional charges, and vague pricing scheme still exist in many tour operators and agencies. Of course, there are still lots of reliable tour operators, but we can see a substantial number of dishonest ones, also. So, if you are planning to travel to Vietnam, remember to consider the following things to prevent from being cheated.

Make sure the agency you are booking tours with is a REAL agency

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Be aware of copycat agency

Many of Vietnam local tour operators offer clients with excellent customer services and enjoyable traveling experience, and it entails in the appearance of copycat agencies which aim to take advantage of their reputation. A typical example is TheSinhTourist Travel Agency – an internationally-renowned Vietnam travel agency. The REAL one is great: it has many branches all over the country and provides tourists with various kinds of tours in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, a wide range of hotels, transportations and other services. When strolling around the Old Quarter in Hanoi, travelers might catch the image of several TheSinhTourist offices with the exact logo, banner, and brand name. Many clients have come to these offices because of the brand reputation without knowing that in Hanoi, there are ONLY 2 legit branches of TheSinh, which are at Tran Nhat Duat Str. and Luong Ngoc Quyen Str. All the others are the FAKE one.

Hiring copycat tour operators, travelers might be required to pay money in advance for services that you might never get. And of course, it is almost impossible to take your money back.

Book directly with tour agency instead of getting it through the hotels

It is recommended that travelers should not book tours through the hotels you are staying at.

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It’s better to book directly with tour operator

Many of the hotels in popular tourist attractions offer tour services, but most of them will outsource these booking requests to a third party. In other words, the money you need to spend would be larger than what you deserve for because this amount would be shared between the hotel and the tour operator. Booking tour directly with the travel agencies, you will get the chance to search for more information about the agency, to see whether it is reliable or not, and especially, spend less money.

Nowadays, there is no need for travelers to come to the travel agency office to ask for a tour. You can easily search and book tours online, even when you are in your mother country. Some tour packages even include the transfer bus to pick you up at the airport.

Ask carefully about the inclusions before you pay up

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Inclusions may cost you a fortune

Inclusions would cost you quite large an amount; therefore, it is of necessity to ask carefully about them in advance. If you book a tour without learning well about the additional costs, the situation might get worse. For instance, if you book a Halong Bay tour package, you need to check whether the package has included the cost of drinks on the boat and renting kayaks or not, because these things would cost you a remarkable amount of money later on. So, remember to check all the inclusions: drinks, breakfast, transfer bus, Vietnam travel guides, entrance tickets in some destinations, etc. Additionally, you should keep the tour operator’s number card in case any unexpected problems arise. No matter how thick your wallet is, being careful about all these stuff will never worthless.

To recognize the reliability as well as the suitability of Vietnamese traveling agencies and their services, it is better to make your own evaluation. Taking everything into consideration will help you to take a better decision and have more enjoyable traveling experience.

How to get an unforgettable 2-day Saigon – Ca Mau trip?

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The beautiful land of Southern Vietnam has long been a haunted destination for travelers from different parts of the world. The South has many things to offer, from the dynamic metropolis to the rustic countryside. Among several appealing tourist attractions, Ho Chi Minh City (better known as Saigon) and Ca Mau are the two must-stop places for Southern Vietnam group tours. While Saigon presents the reconciliation between the traditional and modern vibes, Ca Mau enables travelers to get off the beaten track to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside. Let’s see what to do during your 2-day trip to the South.

Day 1 – A historical and cultural tour to Saigon

After arriving in Saigon in the morning, it’s time to take a tour to the famous historical relics around this city. The city of Saigon played a significant part in the Vietnam War, where occurred several battles between Viet Cong and American troops. On 30th April 1975, Viet Cong army took over the headquarter of South Vietnam government which is now the Independence Palace and marked the reunification of the whole country. The historical relics have been well preserved and become must-stop places for Saigon tours. 

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The Independence Palace

In the city center, the famous historical and cultural destinations are located quite close to others. Therefore, you can easily navigate your routes, from the Independence Palace, the Central Post Office, The Notre Dame Cathedral, to Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Additional to visiting the relics, trying the specialties such as “bun bo Nam Bo”, “hu tieu”, “banh canh”, “banh mi Saigon” to the famous snacks like “banh trang tron” and “bo bia” is one of the top things to do in southern Vietnam. You can easily find the food stalls and eateries that sell these stuff, yet it is better to reach the traditional market such as Ben Thanh Market, Ho Thi Ky Market, or Cholon to get the authentic taste. Especially, a visit to Cholon in District 5 will also offer a deeper approach to the life of the Chinese-Vietnamese people living in the Chinatown.

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Inside Cu Chi Tunnels

In the afternoon, head your way to Cu Chi Tunnels – the worldwide famous historical relics that history buffs should never miss when they travel to Vietnam. Cu Chi Tunnels is said to be the greatest works of the Vietnamese army and citizens as the home and the hiding place during the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese started to dig this tunnel networks in 1954, while they were fighting against the French colonizers. Later on, during the war against the American troops and the democratic government in the South, the tunnels were expanded, stretching more than 250 kilometers from Saigon outskirts to the Cambodian border. Visiting the tunnels, you will see how the Vietnamese people lived and fought in the past.

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The modern side of Saigon

Coming back to the city center in the evening, you can stroll around the streets to go shopping and enjoy the dynamic urban vibes.

Day 2 – A tour to the countryside of Ca Mau

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Cape Ca Mau

You can take a night bus from Saigon which takes around 6 hours to reach Ca Mau, where locates the Cape of Ca Mau – the South Pole of Vietnam. Cape Ca Mau is the location of Vietnam GPS coordinates 0001 (Km 0 milestone). The famous landmark in this site depicts a windy ship that is stretching out to the sea. A national flag is hung on the top of the ship. Due to the great accretion, the land in Cape Ca Mau expands tens of meters towards the sea. This is the only place where people can watch both the sunrise and the sunset. That’s why Ca Mau is a must-see for Southern Vietnam group tours.

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Mangrove forest

Ca Mau is also home to the evergreen mangrove forest – a typical feature of Southwestern delta. Remain intact from human activities, the mangrove forest provides the natural habitat to various species of fish and birds. Especially, U Minh Forest in Ca Mau Province, which is adjacent to the Gulf of Thailand, is renowned as a rare and abundant forest, providing rooms for over 250 species of plants and birds.

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Catching fish on the river

Visiting Ca Mau, not only will travelers get the chance to go aboard the wooden boat to come across the small canals in the forest to see the jaw-dropping landscapes, you can also approach the hamlets of the locals to observe their daily life. You will be able to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside while watching the beautiful scenery, listen to the stories of the farmers, and sample the rustic dishes with them. The peace and quietness of the countryside will ease your mind and release all your stress and fatigue.

If you are wondering where to go in Southern Vietnam, consider the two destinations above. The picturesque beauty of the southern land will never let you down.

Chau Doc – a fascinating destination in South Vietnam

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Located in An Giang Province, Chau Doc plays an important role in the economic development of Mekong Delta. While in the past, Chau Doc was only known as a destination for sacred pilgrims, the city nowadays is renowned as a wonderful place with spectacular natural landscapes and distinctive cultural identities. Followings are some essential things to notice to have an unforgettable Chau Doc tour.

When to travel?

Similar to other parts of the Southwest, Chau Doc has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 main seasons: dry season and wet season. Generally, anytime in a year would be suitable to visit Chau Doc.

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Chau Doc, An Giang

Chau Doc receives a lot of rain between May and October, and the floating season starts in August. This is considered the best time to travel as visitors can feel the real life of Chau Doc people, yet you need to be careful if not accustomed to the rain. The rest period is sunny and hot. However, the temperature is not too high, therefore not being an obstacle for travel.

How to travel?

Bus is the most common means of transport to travel to Chau Doc. It takes about 6 hours to travel from Saigon. Travelers can easily get a ticket in the West Bus Station in Binh Tan District, Saigon. The price ranges from 120,000 VND to 150,000 VND. But if you want to enjoy the natural landscapes along the way, it is better to go by motorbike. 

Regarding traveling in Chau Doc and adjacent areas, you can hire bikes or motorbikes to go around the city. However, when reaching the countryside, boat and canoe are more convenient. A boat tour around the flooded fields are amazing to try.

Where to go in Chau Doc?

Chau Doc has many things to offer. Whether you are on a Chau Doc tour on a budget or a luxurious tour, there are places that you should never ignore.

Sam Mountain

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Ba Chua Xu Temple at the foot of Sam Mount

Located just about 7km from the city center, Sam Mountain is a fascinating tourist attraction in Chau Doc. Not only is the natural scenery of the mountain awe-inspiring, it is also home to many famous religious sites such as Ba Chua Xu Temple (Lady Goddess Temple), Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Tay An Co Tu (Tay An Ancient Pagoda). Especially, the Festival at Ba Chua Xu Temple that takes place from the 23rd to the 27th day of the 4th lunar month welcomes numerous flocks of pilgrims from different parts of the country.

Tra Su Mangrove Forest

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Tra Su Mangrove Forest

Tra Su Mangrove Forest is definitely a must-visit that a Chau Doc tour should never miss. The forest is at its best in the floating season (between September and December). You will go aboard a boat to sneak among the narrow canals through the evergreen mangrove forest to watch the diverse ecosystems. You may also come across the lotus fields to admire the green fields dotted with the pink of the lotus flowers and the white of the birds. If fortunately, travelers can catch the glimpse of the locals fishing or farming in the fields. The tranquility and quietness of the rustic countryside will totally leave you in awe.

Chau Doc Floating Village

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Chau Doc Floating Village

Due to the special terrain and weather conditions, Chau Doc people choose to make floating houses on rafts to adapt to the water-rising season instead of building firm houses. The life of the locals mainly takes place on the floating houses and the main means of transport is boat instead of bicycles and motorbikes. Visiting the floating village, travelers will be able to explore the idyllic life of the locals. You can ride the boat to go around the village to see how the local earn a living or visit the nearby floating market to buy home the fresh fruits. Here you can also sample the special dishes of the locals. Made from the simple ingredients that can easily found in this region, the dishes are as simple and rustic as southwestern people. Still, the authentic and appetizing taste of these simple dishes will absolutely whet your appetite.

Chau Doc is undoubtedly a worth-visiting destination in South Vietnam. The irresistibly beautiful landscapes as well as the rustic life of the locals in Chau Doc will offer you enjoyable experience that would last a lifetime.

Sai Gon day tour – a destination for photographing

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Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. In the midst of the chaos of life, there are beautiful corners for photographers. Today, hello Vietnam will introduce you Saigon day tours to destinations for photographing.

Saigon tours will begin with one of the best beautiful views…

Thu Thiem tunnel roof

For those who love photography in Saigon, the Thu Thiem Tunnel Roof is a famous and familiar place. They often come out here in the afternoon, when sunset falls, the sun is setting and the night is coming.

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District 1 view

You can see the city center (District 1) from the banks of the Saigon River, watching the lights start to light, watching boats, container ships passing through. There, you can also enjoy the cool wind in the vast landscape, where there are empty land stretches and a green river.

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Sunset time

And the most important thing for those who love photography is many people usually gather here to take pictures of the sunset, exposing the buildings, including the 68-floor Bitexco financial building. Not only shooting, people who love photography also invite the “model” to create a variety of photographic works… Many couples and studios also choose this place for their signature wedding photography in Saigon.

Nguyen Hue pedestrian zones

Nguyen Hue Street is a central street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, connect the People’s Committee Headquarters with Bach Dang Wharf, Saigon river bank.

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Nguyen Hue walking street

Many people still think Nguyen Hue is just a street to walk, enjoy the air of Saigon. In fact, Nguyen Hue Walking Street has many more interesting things to experience than just walking the street, which is sure to be easy to spot when you come here. This is one of top destinations must-go in Saigon.

In Nguyen Hue street now many people consider as a street in some foreign country. No electricity, no trash, the streets are neatly organized with pedestrian alleys everywhere. So for those who are passionate about photography, like to have shimmering photos, just come out here and have all the necessary contexts.

Mop grass field

The grasslands are located adjacent to District 9 and District 2 (near Metro An Phu). This place is extremely suitable for taking pictures, flying kites and watching the sunset in the city.

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Mop grass field

In addition to the location of the photo shoot, the place is also suitable for playing games under the sky such as flying kites, model airplanes, water rockets, astronomical observations and other outdoor activities.

Ho Chi Minh City Post Office – an ancient look in the middle of the modern city

Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is a typical architectural work of Saigon. The building was built by the French at the end of the 18th century with western style combined with the Oriental decor. This is one of the top tourist attractions in Saigon.

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Ho Chi Minh Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, welcoming thousands of visitors every day. Many visitors come here to send merchandise, but some people simply want to visit to learn more about an ancient architecture between the city of modern.

Saigon Post Office is prominent with the balanced layout of a high-aesthetic architecture. The building has an arched structure.

Above the dome is a large watch. The two sides of the post are arranged in rectangles with the laurel wreath of the name by some French celebrities such as Voltaire, Laplace, Arago, and scientists who invented the telephone and telegram. The impressive French architecture was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, who created the legendary Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Bridges

Mong Bridge- the oldest bridge of Saigon

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Mong Bridge

Those who live in Saigon, no stranger to the prominent bridge, a jade green, across the Ben Nghe Canal connecting District 1 and District 4. Built more than a hundred years during the French colonial period, Cau Mong has become an ideal dating place for couples, tourist attractions like to go around exploring the city and attract a lot of young people love photography.

Binh Loi Bridge – the first iron bridge crossed the Saigon River

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Binh Loi Bridge

Binh Loi Bridge was just opened in 2008, minimizing the time and distance from Thu Duc to Tan Son Nhat Airport. The large and beautiful bridge helps minimize traffic jam and save time than ever. Besides, Binh Loi bridge now becomes a meeting place for many young people. On both sides of the bridge, there is wind cool, visibility overlooking District 2 and District 1, the trolley sells all kinds of snacks make the ideal spot for couples dating.

Best Coffee Shops In Saigon

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It can be said that in Sai Gon – the busiest city in Vietnam, where young people consider coffee to be a popular habit – a short distance away, there is a new cafe. Not only do they invest in quality, these cafes must be beautiful and need the needs of “taking a selfie” of young people. And the most check in place, the hottest coffee shop is.

So where is the best places in Saigon for the young generation to have good coffee? Let check it out.

Coffee shop 81

Although located in District 1, the restaurant still creates a peaceful, familiar atmosphere on Nguyen Van Nguyen Street. Guests will find impressed from the sign plate, each decoration objects to the wall color fading time. Spacious space with multiple seats makes it easier to choose a seat. The simple menu of drinks with lemonade, coffee, etc. The price of drinks just ranges from  25 000 to 35 000 VND.

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The Things

In the heart of the busiest city, on the second floor of the old department Ton, That Dam is The Things. Passing through the small and damp stairs, visitors will come to a little space in the door of the restaurant. Quite and vintage shop suitable for quiet people, photography lover. As one of the top hipster cafe in Saigon, The Things appeared in the clip” looking for Vietnamese coffee” by the correspondent BBC Travel. The drinks are priced from 30000 VND to 50000 VND each.

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Ut Lanh

Ut Lanh is located on Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1 and decorated ideas about Saigon in the 80 – 90 to create a space that everyone feels nostalgic. The items in the shop are collected by the owner of the store and “scavenging” throughout the city brought back. The menu is not only full of drinks but also various types of childhood snacks such as baby noodles, pancakes, sausages, snacks, dried beef … Drinks here are prepared according to the formula of the shop. Each drink costs from 40,000 to 45,000 VND.

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Thuc Coffee

This is one of the first “no sleep” cafes in Saigon with the bold idea of ​​8x hostesses. Consists of diverse audiences such as students, office workers, literary artists, young people play late or creative workers need a corner. Coffee from an address on Pasteur Street, District 1, is now available in many places in Saigon. Menu drinks from coffee, tea to the fruit smoothies, about 30,000 to 40,000 VND a dish.

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Sai Gon Oi

Located in common number 42 Nguyen Hue, District 1, the rest of the room, the cool and near nature. The office has several tables, suitable for both walking or group of friends can see the whole house of Nguyen Hue. The weekend is the time of crowds, Sunday usually run out of the afternoon and the balcony is the place everyone wishes. The price of a drink here is about 35,000 – 55,000 VND

The Open Space

This is both a coffee space and a cafeteria and yoga class. So diners come to the shop not only enjoy drinks, listen to music, read books, work but also can participate in bakeries, art discussions openly as the name itself. Drinks and cakes in the restaurant are priced from 40,000 to 85,000 VND each. There are two addresses on Vo Thi Sau Street, District 3 and Nguyen Trong Tuyen Street, Phu Nhuan District.

Yesterday Piano Coffee

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At noon, guests can dine with friends, colleagues just listen to soft music. Quan also has a photo studio with much modern equipment, professional, and regularly organize photography workshops to serve this passionate art. Diners will feel the deposition, contemplation, and nostalgia, completely different from the noisy, bustling outside. Quan located on Ho Bieu Chanh Street, Phu Nhuan District. The price of each drink is about 30,000 – 70,000 VND

Gio Day Thun

Famous for being a mysterious, secret place located on Vo Thi Sau Street, District 3, this coffee shop is young to find many young Saigon. For the first time, visitors will be impressed with the liberal style of nomadic, wild, free in every detail. Although not widely, the restaurant still brings the intimacy, close by unique decorations, diverse drinks, and vibrant music. The price of each drink is about 30,000 – 50,000 VND

If you have a plan for Sai Gon group tours here, these places will not make you disappointed.

This is how Saigonese start the very first hours of a day

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Morning of Saigonese is a simple yet neo illustration. Once traveling to Saigon, you can pretty much absorb the sense of typical long hours of a day in the city. However, the early moments of a day are something a little fancy for most of you as travelers, or even local Saigonese, whose majority tend to grant most of the early morning time for good sleep. Compared to Hanoi, Saigon wakes up a little later, but it does not mean there are absolutely no early birds in this sleepless city. Check out the morning timeline of a typical day in Saigon down below.

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Good morning Saigon

There is a common rumor that if you want to taste the real Saigon, or simply live like a real Saigon youngster, you must stay up all night behind a jam-packed bar down the street of Bùi Viện or on a random rooftop. Meanwhile, some may remain different. In contrast to the familiar hustle and bustle traffic or the killing heat of regular Saigon, somewhere still maintain the lovely simplicity of the authentic Saigon, especially in the morning, when only the most ordinary locals would wake up in the middle of a new dawn listening to the loving ground sweeping sound of the public cleaners. If you ever have a chance to walk down the streets in Saigon in an early morning, or pretty much while joining in a special morning Saigon private tour, you will be likely to spot out the elder people jogging in the spacious green parks, or a group of native Saigonese filing piles of daily newspaper at a hidden corner of a crossroad.

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Coffee down the street

Looking further towards the other side of the thoroughfare, mothers and grandmothers are getting ready for their little noodle vendors in case some male workers or young students rushing for a quick breakfast, or sometimes, all you need to do is to get some scarce fresh air while sipping black drops of coffee stored in a little cup placed on a small plastic chair. A little later minute afterward may let you see groups of young bustling students biking to schools. 

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A noodle vendor

Saigon’s morning is formed by a collection of routine melody. It can be heard from the daily chit-chat of an old couple exercising on the street or the crackle of Bánh Mỳ vendors pushed up the slopes. If possible, do not forget to sign up for a tailor-made day tour in Saigon in order to fully sense the true Saigon vibe that is not torn apart when rush hour comes.

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Early Bánh Mỳ for a quick breakfast

If you are questioning yourself what a typical breakfast in Saigon is like. Here is your answer! Breakfast here in this Southern metropolis is not a sophistication. Just a pull-over at a street’s corner can get you a hot savory Bánh Mỳ, a small pack of sticky rice, fragrant broken rice with pork chops or even a steamed sweet potato. The vibe and soul of Saigon are what we referred to as integration and multi-culture, Saigon cuisine is accordingly born. A small chair, a glass of Cà Phê Sữa Đá and a hot teapot can make one’s morning great again.

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Cà Phê Sữa Đá

Morning time is the best moment for catching up with the World. A newspaper is then a must-have gift for local old men. You may never have a chance to find somewhere else, where two strangers suddenly involve in a conversation exchanging news, no matter who they are, even an intellectual or a motorcycle taxi driver.

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When the street is still sleeping

Saigon is like that. This city, though seems pretty hustle and packed at first sight, turns out to be so loving and familiar when you gradually come closer to its heart, get in touch with the real locals, live like a true Saigonese, breath the fresh morning air and sense the early sunlight of the town with someone whom you may never meet before. It may sound strange, but living this way may lead you to the endless unexpected. Why don’t you ever think of giving yourself a chance to feel Saigon in the most bizarre way? Saigon private tours can be your best answer.

What to do in 3 days 2 nights in Saigon city

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What to do in Saigon if your time budget lasts only 3 days. Read this article to find the answer for your Saigon group tour.

Saigon group tours today introduce you a tour 3 days 2 nights in Saigon city:

Day 1: Nha Rong Harbor – Saigon Snowtown Playground

In the morning you depart to Saigon, you should find the hotel to rest and eat a little. We suggest you choose hotels located in the central area for easy access to the sites. Moreover, the central area also has many good services for you. One suggestion for you is the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. It is about 1.4km to Ben Nha dragon and Ho Chi Minh Museum. At this hotel, visitors can visit and explore the history of the city, besides tourists can see the whole view of the Saigon River windswept.

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View from the hotel in the morning

Next, you should experience the feeling of passing through Thu Thiem tunnel under the Saigon River and watching the city on the roof of the tunnel. This place is considered the gateway of the city. The surrounding area is also very green with many different high-end apartment projects. On this road, many people usually organize picnics in the afternoon, especially young people. Often people will spread and organize a small barbecue party here.

The next destination is to go to the Saigon Snowtown Playground. This place is called Snow Town with snow-covered space all year round like winter in Europe. With a 4000 square meter width, the temperature is maintained at 18 degrees Celsius, along with the real snowmaking technology of Japan, making the layers of snow white, smooth foam and more than 30 cm thick.

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Saigon Snowtown Playground

What’s more amazing is the experience playing with snowballs, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Or explore the 8m high snow hill with professional tools and guidance of foreign experts. At this point, you can check-in and people think you are going to a faraway Europe, not in Saigon.

In the evening, you should not go to bed early, feel a Saigon at night full of bustle. No wonder people call this place “the city at night”. You can take a stroll in the pedestrianized Nguyen Hue, go to the Bach Dang Wharf, … or visit the commercial center such as Vincom, Bitexco, Saigon Center, or the famous dining areas.

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Anh Sao Bridge

On the second morning of Saigon tour, prepare a small backpack, sunscreen, hat and a bottle of water to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. This is a famous historical site with interconnected tunnels such as spider webs in the middle. Try to go down the tunnel, you will be surprised because the tunnel system is designed nicely to the soldier’s active revolution. And do not forget to enjoy the hot potato with hot sesame salt, it is very sweet and fragrant. This is considered as the top destinations of tailor-made private Saigon Vietnam tours.

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Camouflage in Cu Chi tunnel

In the evening, come to Anh Sao Bridge in Phu My Hung urban area, District 7. This bridge is only for pedestrians, so you are absolutely safe. The two sides of the bridge are decorated with light and water spray system. Night comes, this place is as beautiful as a galaxy. This destination matches the couples for their romantic date. In addition, there is also the Cresent Mall for shopping and entertainment.

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Anh Sao Bridge at night

Day 3: Ben Thanh Market – Mariamman Temple

In last day of Saigon Vietnam all-inclusive packages, if you go to Saigon without stopping at Ben Thanh market, you will waste your trip. This is a market from the long time ago but very modern. You can explore the market from four different sides. There, they sell everything that you need, from clothing to footwear to food or household items, etc. The items in Ben Thanh market also varied from high-price to low-priced. So you can choose the right item for you.

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The entrance of Ben Thanh Market

Located near Ben Thanh Market on Truong Dinh Street, there is the Mariamman temple. The temple is prominent with the architecture of India. This place is visited by many people and visitors to worship. And do not be surprised if people pray with their face to the wall. This is an act of prayer that confers their aspirations and wishes to receive her blessings.

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Mariamman Temple

Suggest some food areas for you:

  • Western Street Food Zone: Bui Vien, De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, Do Quang Dau streets.
  • 82 Nguyen Hue St., Dist 1
  • Coco 5 – Bangkok Street Food Market: 68 Nguyen Hue St., Dist 1
  • Ben Thanh Street Food Market: 26-28-30 Thu Khoa Huan Street, District 1
  • Local food area: Ba Dieu market on Phan Dang Luu Street, Phu Nhuan district, Xom Chieu market (District 4), Ben Thanh market (on the hip market), Tan Dinh market (District 3), Vuon Chuoi market.

Coming to these places, you can enjoy the delicious dishes in Ho Chi Minh City with an affordable price. Hope you guys will have a forgettable Saigon group tour in the future.