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.

Tourist destinations in Vietnam for children

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The summer is coming, this is also a time for families to find the places that their children can have fun and safe. Take a quick look at the list of top children-friendly places below to have one of the most interesting Vietnam all-inclusive packages.

I/ Ho Chi Minh city

1/ Tiny world playground

This paradise playground includes a lot of games and activities extremely interesting for the children. The Area of motion games consecutively “Juno Playland” is arranged like a tropical jungle with ball houses, multi-lane slides that will be great for active kids.

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A part of tinyworld playground

Those kids who love to learn can still enjoy and play their favorite game in the intellectual arena – “teRa Torium”.

Youngsters can also show off their skilled hands with their parents or friends through games such as sand painting, paint the statue, paper painting, and be making beautiful bracelets in the game area “piCa Hut ”

In addition, “kiLo Korner” with their favorite snacks is an indispensable area for our little kids to get energized to continue playing at tiNiWorld. Especially, the children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with four extremely famous characters of tiNiWorld are juNo, teRa, piCa, and kiLo.

2/ SC VivoCity

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Outside of SC Vivocity

SC VivoCity owns the Sky Park outdoor park on the first terrace in Vietnam. Sky Park includes the Vivo Playground and the 3D wall paintings. The children can have fun, climbing comfortably with the cool fountains. On the downstairs, there is an Apple Kids Club with plenty of games to choose. Here, parents can let their kids play, they can also go sightseeing and shopping delight with the famous brand. There is also a gastronomic area with many famous restaurants, where are ideal places to satisfy your kids’ stomach after having fun. This is an ideal place for Vietnam family tours.

II/ Ha Noi city

1/ The Booksquare 12 Hoa Ma

The book square is located on Hoa Ma street, not only a regular bookstore but also a place for learning, meeting and stimulating the creativity of the kids.

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The second floor of the Booksquare

There are books in complex space of the first and second floor, especially the second floor has the reading corner is very cute for the kids. They can come in and enjoy the books there. Books are also carefully selected for a variety of ages. In each reading area, many of the seats are designed to be fun, inspiring and spread the love of reading.It’s such an ideal destination you’re your kids in Vietnam all-inclusive packages.

Weekly free storytelling is also available in the lobby on the first floor. The third floor is a coffee shop, making cakes for small children and often at The Booksquare also has many meaningful activities such as how to make a robot, teaching drawing, etc.

2/ Royal City

This is a fun place to attract many young people as well as children because of the diversity of this underground city. As the name implies, this famous commercial center is built like a miniature city, you can find anything you want, basic needs like watching movies, eating, shopping or having fun, etc There are all in Royal City.

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Royal City is built like a modern tiny city

Children do not only visit, shopping, but also participate in many exciting activities for children such as indoor water park, ice skating, bowling … After tired of playing games, your family can eat right here with diverse dishes from countries around the world. Have fun and enjoy foods at the same time, this is an ideal place for children and families in Hanoi when joining Vietnam package tours.

III/ Da Nang city

1/ Da Nang Helio Center playground :

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A panoramic view of Da Nang Helio Center

Helio Center is a leading playground for children in Danang today. Your family looking for a playground for children near the city center, you should not forget this place. Certainly, you will be very excited about the model of fun games, most modern here. Helio brings together the world’s best games such as Show Yourself for the kids who like to play with the music, Mini Digger – a chance to be a builder and exciting experience when driving a loader. The colorful ball house catches all eyes of children, etc There is also a special play area for children to practice cooking and freedom to explore the surrounding nature. It is also one of the centers for organizing trade fairs, coffee systems, dining restaurants. Helio Center is definitely a great choice, in accordance with the desire of parents who want children to experience the joyous moments while participating in tourism in Danang! So do not ignore this amusement park!

2/ Da Nang Children’s Culture Palace:

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The unique design of Da Nang Children’s Culture Palace

Adjacent to Helio entertainment center, Da Nang children’s cultural center is located on 2nd September street and has 3 floors including multifunctional area. Your family will be impressed with the unique design space, the extreme background always attract many visitors to take a photo check in here. The cultural offer includes amusement parks, playground, classrooms, sports rooms, libraries and conference halls. Step into the center of children’s culture you will be very excited with the layout of the outdoor play area, garden, interesting corner, … and not only that, when visiting this place, the children will be able to get a lot of useful things!

Top 3 poetic streams in Phu Quoc for your Vietnam off the beaten track tours

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Phu Quoc Island has been a popular spot for tourists all over the world for years. However, a disadvantage of this is that it is often very crowded in tourist season. Today, Vietnam off the beaten track tours will show you the most attractive streams in Phu Quoc, which are less busy than other places and can give you some moments of relaxation.

Da Ban Stream

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There are only 3-4 waterfalls and streams in Phu Quoc and Da Ban is one of them. In fact, it is always regarded by the locals as one of the top waterfalls in Phu Quoc Island. Its name in English means “flat rocks,” which has been inspired by the giant rocks found under the stream. They look as flat as table tops due to the abrasion made by strong currents of water.

  • The ideal time to visit Da Ban Stream

The most appropriate time to pay Da Ban Stream a visit is from the early of May to the late of November. It is the wet season so the stream has quite high flow rate. Da Ban looks the most imposing from June to September because there is rain almost all the time.

  • Things to do when visiting Da Ban Stream

The trip will start getting exciting at the moment you reach the entrance of the stream, where a bridge is located. You need to go across it and walk for a couple of minutes to see the stream. There are trees on both sides of the entrance so that the air is very fresh and good for health.

Once you get there, nothing can be better than having a picnic. You can put your carpet down on some grass field under it and have a brunch. Otherwise, just spread all your food out on a flat rock and enjoy it on the spot. 

In case you want something more adventurous, climbing to Da Ban Upstream will be a great idea. The path is 2 kilometers long and you will need to skirt the sizable rocks along the stream. Don’t miss the chance to contemplate different landscapes of Da Ban Stream on the way to get there.

Tranh Stream

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tranh stream(source: Internet)

Although Phu Quoc Island welcomes millions of tourists all year round, Tranh Stream is one of the non-touristy places in Vietnam. It stretches roughly 15 kilometers and composes of little streams on Ham Ninh Mountain. Tranh Stream finds its way into the trees in Phu Quoc forests, making the destination an excellent painting of the natural world.

  • The ideal time to visit Tranh Stream

You should visit it in the months of between April and October. The stream is the most poetic and beautiful at this time.

  • Things to do when visiting Tranh Stream

The most favorite activity of tourists when arriving at Tranh Stream is bathing. The water is so cool and fresh that you will love dipping your body into it all day. Another thing that you and your friends may want to do is to throw a barbecue party right beside the stream. The food will be the fishes that your group catch from the stream so you don’t have to bring anything.   

Also, there are many services in the area around Tranh Stream, such as tents and hammocks for rent, fast food, and fresh water showering. They have quite low prices so don’t hesitate to use them when you need. After taking a bath and having a nice nap, going sightseeing around is what various tourists often do. Trees and flowers here in wet season are very attractive and charming.

Tien Stream

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Another less-traveled destination in Vietnam that you can find in Phu Quoc Island is Tien Stream. It is about 1 kilometer in length and flows down from upstream through rocks. In the downstream, the water currents create a small waterfall and a quite vast lake. Despite the fact that you have to go a long way to Tien Stream from Phu Quoc center, the journey is totally worth it.

  • The ideal time to visit Tien Stream

The spot is most magnificent in January and February. This is the time when wild rose myrtles start ripening, the odor of which spreads through every corner of the forest around the stream. There are hundreds of local people, especially couples, coming to the stream to harvest them.

  • Things to do when visiting Tien Stream

Besides common activities, such as bathing or having a picnic, you will love camping in the area around the stream. Listening to the sound of the water while having meals or sleeping under the stars are some very interesting things for you to try.

Moreover, if you want to communicate with the locals, you can join in their collecting rose myrtles. It is fun and you may even get to know how they make wine from those wild fruits. Rose Myrtle wine of Phu Quoc Island is a popular brand and has been favored by thousands of national as well as international tourists.

Therefore, don’t forget to buy some of it as a gift at the end of your Vietnam off the beaten track tours. Your friends and family will find it extremely fascinating.

Top Must-Visit Destinations in Sai Gon

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As another major city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (Sai Gon) is rippling with historic and quaint buildings, windy promenades, legendary street foods and inevitably a vibrant history of growth.

No less exotic than Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh is home to a wealth of incredible things to do and see, leaving you a better understanding of the local culture and exotic moments of your lifetime. If you are still in the middle of nowhere about what to do in your Saigon travel, our following list helps you to get the most out of your Saigon travel tour.

History-themed tour to Reunification Palace

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A visit to the Reunification Palace with your family (Source: Internet)

Sai Gon is overflowing with historic and colonial buildings that have outlived the wartime destruction and become landmarks of the city. For many Saigon travel tourists, the iconic Reunification Palace is the first to catch their attention. Surrounded by a vast number of palm trees, it’s a five-story building with a basement leading to an array of tunnels, a war command room, and a telecommunication center, featuring maps or war propaganda materials.

While sauntering around, you’ll be treated with the national anthem played at the end of the tape. If you want to challenge yourself with some card games, head to the fourth floor where features a Casio to entertain visitors. For those who are keen on the country’s history, a visit to the Reunification Palace is like an eye-opener to gain a deeper know-how about Vietnam’s military tactics. The building is linked with a wealth of national events, especially the fall of 1975. The opening time is from 7:30-12 then 13-16:00, so it’s advisable to take advantage of your time to experience best parts of the Palace.

Haggle at Ben Thanh Market

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As the busiest spot of the city, Ben Thanh Market is a source market where a variety of food, clothes, daily items and literally everything you may think of are displayed. It isn’t a bad idea to bring yourself to a hectic place and learn how to buy and make some bargains as well. Many jokes that what could make your travel in Vietnam complete without bargains.

When wandering around Ben Thanh Market, just ignore any sign saying “fixed priced”. Vendors have a habit of charging you higher prices, especially if you are foreign tourists. Bargaining is the way to avoid getting knock-offs or price gouging. All you need is to offer the price that you think is fair and then you’ll get a more reasonable price. It is lots of fun to experience weird moments of bartering around Ben Thanh Market.

Spiritual experiences at Giac Vien Pagoda

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On the way to Giac Vien Pagoda (Source: Internet)

Established by Ha Tinh Giac Vien in the late 1700s, Giac Vien Pagoda is among so many ancient temples with unique architectural styles. A visit to this pagoda is as close to getting more understanding of the local life as you can. Walking through a warren of winding lanes and spectacular tombs where local kids converge, you will reach the temple. On arrival, your mind will be blown away by the impressive sight of about 100 divine carvings and a fabulous incense basin with dragon heads. The atmosphere of Giac Vien Pagoda is particularly tranquil and serene, making it a good fit for those who are seeking places to get away from stressful working days. The once-in-a-lifetime chance at the temple will give you care-free moments, rendering you to look on the bright side of your life.

Visitsaigon have just walked you through some iconic destinations where you can get the most cream of your Saigon travel. Exotic moments at the Reunification Palace or the spiritual atmosphere at Giac Vien Pagoda will leave a long-lasting impression on you about Vietnam. This is not all about traveling to Saigon but promises to satisfy your cravings for discovering the local culture.

Things to do in Saigon: Top Saigon Tourist Attractions

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Considered as the Pearl of the Far East, Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City was the center of economics and entertainment of Indochina. Since French and American colonization, Saigon tourist attractions have attracted numerous flocks of tourists from every single part of the world.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City – The Pearl of Far East (Source: Internet)

If you are traveling to Saigon but not having much time to explore the whole city, taking a tour around the city center is absolutely the first priority. There are some must-see destinations in Saigon that visitors should not miss. Let's read this article from visitsaigon.net!

Reunification Hall (Dinh Doc Lap)

Also known as Independence Palace, Reunification Hall is an architectural work that represents the historical values of Ho Chi Minh City. The palace was built in 1962 and used to be the home and the workplace of Southern Vietnam Governors during the Vietnam War. During the Fall of Saigon, it marked the end of the War when the Northern Vietnam Army tanks crashed its main gates on April 30th, 1975.

Reunification Hall

Reunification Hall, Saigon Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Not only does the Hall display the history of Vietnam but it is also a masterpiece of art. It is a combination of Eastern and Western styles. Nowadays, Reunification Hall has become a national historical and cultural site which attracts a huge number of tourists each year.

Central Post Office (Buu Dien Thanh Pho)

Located at Paris Commune Street, District 1, Saigon Central Post Office is a must-stop destination for Saigon City Tours.  It is a typical colonial French Building.

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office – an Eiffel-designed building (Source: Internet)

The post office was built in 1891, based on the design of Eiffel – the globally famous French architect and has become the busiest post office in the city. As a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, the post office attracts tourists with the typical characteristics of French-style architecture. Walking into the Central Post Office, visitors would feel like they are brought back to a 20th-century building in Europe rather than an Eastern post office.

Nowadays, the post office still offers all kinds of traditional postal services such as mailing, selling postcards or stamps, and exchanging foreign money.

Notre Dame Cathedral (Nha Tho Duc Ba)

Opposite to the Central Post Office locates the Notre Dame Cathedral – a significant symbol of Saigon. Built in 1880, the Cathedral is the important worship place of a large Catholic Community in Saigon. The church is among the most popular Saigon tourist attractions.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral – Symbol of Saigon (Source: Internet)

The architecture of the Cathedral shows the impact of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. All the materials used to construct the church was imported from France. A distinctive feature of the church is the twin towers which are approximately 60 meters high. More surprisingly, in 2005, there was a miracle that the statue of the Virgin Mary shed tears.

To pay a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral is among the top things to do in Saigon Vietnam. People all over the world come here to visit the beautiful French-style cathedral. Also, it is an ideal place for taking photos, especially for wedding.

Dragon House Wharf (Ben Nha Rong)

Dragon Wharf used to be a large trading harbor in Saigon. It was the place where Ho Chi Minh – the great leader of Vietnam sat sail on Admiral Latouche Treville – a French ship and started his 30-year journey around the world in June 1911. The city was later named after this big figure.

Dragon House Wharf

Dragon House Wharf – Ho Chi Minh Museum (Source: Internet)

Dragon House Wharf is a mixture of Eastern and Western architecture. The cluster is represented through a main French-style building, which has 2 Vietnamese-dragon-shaped statues on its rooftop, a detail that can be easily found in the architecture of traditional Vietnamese temples and pagodas.

Though it does not function as a dock any longer, Dragon House Wharf has become an important Saigon tourist attraction which enables travelers to explore the culture and history of Vietnam and learn about Ho Chi Minh – a person that has inspired millions of people all over the world.

There are also a lot of fascinating destinations that travelers might find interesting such as Ben Thanh Market, Cu Chi Tunnel, and Giac Vien Pagoda. Many Vietnamese tour operators offer tours around Saigon. However, remember to check everything carefully because there are many copycat and badly-reputed agencies which provide bad services. Do not hesitate, check it out and prepare for your Saigon trip now!

Looking for some Saigon travel tips? Here is all you need to know

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Ho Chi Minh City – still often known by locals and expats as Saigon – is a thriving cultural and economic hub of Vietnam. A visit to this southern Vietnamese city is an open-end encounter with a mixture of antique French architecture and energetic vibe of the rising star. Here are some useful Saigon travel tips from visitsaigon.net that will help you enjoy your stay in this fantastic city. 

Sai Gon down town

Saigon downtown (Source: Internet)

What is the best time to visit?

Saigon is famous for its tropical climate of 2 regular seasons: dry and rainy season. One of the most important tips that visitors often receive is to pay a visit to this city during the dry period, which starts from December and lasts until April. The range of temperature varies from 39 °C (102 °F) around noon time to the lowermost 16 °C (61 °F) in the early mornings. This period of the year marks the change of humidity level. Humidity begins to slightly decline from January to April, leaving travelers a chance to enjoy the rare non-sticky weather of Saigon.

If, however, you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of million interested visitors during the tourist period, the rainy season offers some of its advantages, such as the chance to encounter with extraordinary lovely climate.

What to do

Fascinated by old French architecture? Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office will satisfy you. If you’re more on oriental culture side, various markets and museum are your ideal places to visit

Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office

Designed and built by famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, and made its debut in 1886, Saigon Central Post Office has become one of the most famous structures in Vietnam. This Gothic-styled building still keeps its original decorations inside and entirely functions as the most prominent post office in the city. Mr. Duong Van Ngo, who has spent half of his life helping people write letters and send packages, is the oldest staff in the post office.

Notre Dame Cathedral, another influential French architecture in the middle of Saigon, remains as the most popular attraction of the city and the local worship place. The small garden in front of the building appears to be the regular get-together location of all the pigeons in Saigon around the statue of Mary. Though people may find it hard to see any resemblance between Notre Dame Cathedral and its twin in Paris, this place is still a remarkable historic building worth visiting when traveling in Saigon.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Sai Gon

Notre Dame Cathedral from above (Source: Internet)

Tips: The church and the post office are right next to each other, you don’t have to worry about the transport. 

War Remnants Museum

Besides its beautiful buildings and vibrant culture, Saigon is also a living witness of the brutality of the Vietnam War. The War Remnants Museum has documented all of its bloody historical periods. One of the well-known sites for those interested in Vietnamese history.

Nightlife

Equivalent to Ta Hien in Hanoi, Bui Vien is now known as Saigon’s backpacker district. Visitors will be captivated by the noise and bustling atmosphere with hostels, pubs, dining places, cafe, and street vendors. Drinks and food here are incredibly expensive; however, its impressive view compensates for all. 

Sai Gon by night

Saigon nightlife (Source: Internet)

What to eat

The first and foremost thing you should eat once in Saigon is probably Banh Mi – the famous Vietnamese sandwich stuffed with pork, luncheon meats, paté, carrot or cucumber pickles, herbs and sometimes fried onion. There are a few places that are often recommended such as Banh Mi Huynh Hoa in District 1 or Banh Mi Hoa Ma in District 3.

Banh Mi in Sai Gon

A good Banh Mi makes a good day (Source: Internet)

Hu Tieu Nam Vang is another noodle dish besides the famous Pho or Bun Cha. Hu Tieu Nam Vang was invented by the Chinese residents in Nam Vang (Phnom Penh) and gradually brought to Saigon. This noodle soup consists of beansprout, chopped pork, shrimp, and all sorts of organs. You can easily find Hu Tieu Nam Vang in street noodle stalls with only 22,000 to 25,000 VND. If you go for a more fancy option, Hu Tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan offer a bowl for 65,000 VND with better quality and location.

Other must-try dishes once in Saigon include Bot Chien (fried rice cakes), Banh Trang Tron (mixed rice paper with herbs, fish and quail eggs) and Banh Xeo (crispy salty crepe with beansprout, chopped pork, and shrimp). The food stalls located around Turtle Lake or Notre Dame Cathedral are the best places to try.

A bowl of Hu Tieu Nam Vang

A bowl of Hu Tieu Nam Vang (Source: Internet)

Saigon, once nicknamed the “Pearl of the Orient,” is a worth-visiting place in Vietnam. Perhaps, the best tip for travelers is just to walk around and explore this city. Then you will find behind the bustling of a young city; there is one Saigon of the past.

How to plan your trip to Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City, which is still popular with its former name Saigon, is one of the biggest and most important tourist attractions of Vietnam. Known as the "Pearl of the Far East", Ho Chi Minh City has long been a cultural, economic and political center of the country.

People coming here look for the young and dynamic ambiance of a modern city. When traveling to Saigon, you can see many high-rise buildings, modern entertainment areas or luxury shopping centers next to old houses and traditional markets which exist for hundreds of years. Here something you should know about your next Saigon city tours.

However, remember to book everything in advance to get the best service. When you decide on a tour, check for the whole journey. Some might include really interesting places and activities like visiting the underground life in Cu Chi Tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnels (Source: Internet)

Ho Chi Minh City has two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. If you come here in the rainy season, always bring your umbrella whenever you’re outside, because Saigon is famous for its sudden rains. In the dry season, the temperature could be up to 35 to 40oC and the humidity is high. This typical tropical weather can easily exhaust you. Always keep yourself hydrated and don’t forget your sun cream.

The main means of transportation for tourists in Saigon are motorbike and taxi. You can also get a cyclo if you want some unique experiences. However, it’s not a practical way to travel around due to the high fee and the slow speed. If you are comfortable, taking a bus could be an option. It’s one of the cheapest ways to get around. The chaotic traffic during peak hours can be a real problem, even for local people. At its highest peak, around 5 and 6 p.m, a traffic jam can last for 2 hours straight on some main roads. Consider this before you go outside.

Cyclo in Saigon

Cyclo in Saigon (Source: Internet) 

For your Saigon City tours, you should start from the city center like District 1. There are many popular places around here that any tourists should visit like Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market or Independence Palace. Those are some of the top destinations in Saigon.

Notre Dame Saigon

Notre Dame Saigon (Source: Internet)

If you are not a fan of a typical tourist attraction, you can explore the cultural lifestyle of the local people through many activities. There are many things to do in Saigon. You can sit alongside Saigon River in the evening and enjoy the view or have a coffee on Han Thuyen Street in the morning. Chinatown is known as the busiest shopping center in Saigon and the heaven for gourmets. It is a home for the majority of Chinese people living in Vietnam. visitsaigon.net hope that you can enjoy many traditional dishes from a very rich cuisine culture of China.

As you can see, there are many places to see and many things to do. Prepare yourself well for your trip to Saigon and have a great time when you’re here.