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Saigon tours: How to spend two fantastic days in Saigon

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Saigon has become one of the most must-visit cities in Vietnam. Travelers usually spend time visiting Saigon as long as coming to Vietnam. There are so many attractive things to do in Saigon. But what should be chosen to enjoy within 2 days?

If you know some local consultants, you can ask them to give you a hand. Or you can contact helloVietnam tour operator for high service quality and experient travel consultants. By the way, http://visitsaigon.net will give you some recommendations to consider.

WHERE TO GO

The Reunification Palace

There are so many places to visit in Saigon and this is a good one. You will have a good chance to explore more about Vietnam War as well as Vietnamese history. Reunification Palace is significant with Vietnamese. In 1975, the South Government was toppled at here, the North and the South of Vietnam were reunited.

Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1.

Seeking out the architectures of Saigon

Saigon has many beautiful buildings with unique architectures

Saigon has many beautiful buildings with unique architectures

There are many places that have unique architectures in Saigon such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Nha Rong Habour, Ho Chi Minh Opera House, HCM City People's Committee, etc. In addition, you can explore about the remnants of the Vietnam War in the past.

 Ba Thien Hau Temple

Ba Thien Hau Temple

Ba Thien Hau Temple is one of the oldest temples in Saigon

Coming to Ba Thien Hau Temple not only to pray for peace, happiness, or make a wish but also is an opportunity for travelers to learn about the history, the culture as well as the architecture of this temple.

Here is one of the oldest temples in Saigon and the special thing is that all the materials are imported from China. The smell of incense, the peaceful atmosphere, and the ancient architecture make this temple become a good place to visit in Saigon.

Address: 710 Nguyen Trai Street, District 5

Vietnamese Water Puppet Shows

Water Puppetry is one of the attractions of Saigon tours. Water Puppetry is a unique water theater and became an intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam which is considered by UNESCO. You don’t have to understand Vietnamese to view this show.

Water Puppetry

Water Puppetry is an intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam

Each performance lasts 50 minutes and the ticket price is around 230,000 VND. You can see a water puppet show at The Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre.

Address: 55B Nguyen Minh Khai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1.

Time: 17:00 – 17:50 and 18:30 -19:20

Tips: You should book the ticket in advance.

BUYING SOUVENIRS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Tribooks bookstore and souvenir shop

Tribooks is an ideal store to buy souvenirs. They have many kinds of books. Some of them are travel books, books of Vietnam culture. They also have clothes with Saigon patterns, non la, hats, etc. In addition, there are so many things like keychains, cosmetics, coconut oil made in Vietnam, chocolate bars made in Vietnam, refrigerator magnets, postcards, notebooks, calendars, things made for children charities, etc.

Address: 158 Dong Khoi Street, District 1

Authentique Home      

This is a good place for souvenirs in terms of pottery and cloth stuff which is made by Vietnam artists. You can find many unique things here such as teapots, teacups, coffee mugs & cups, chopstick holders, plates, table linens, bowls, tableware accessories, purses, oven mitts, bags, etc.

Address: 71/1 Mac Thi Buoi Street, District 1 or 113 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1

ENJOYING VIETNAMESE FOOD

Trying Banh Mi Or Banh Mi Chao

Banh Mi (Vietnam Baguette) is a popular food that you should try at least once in Saigon food tours. There are so many main ingredients inside such as fried eggs, jambon, and slices of pork, xiu mai (meatballs), grilled meat, etc. Other must-have ingredients are pate (wurst), special butter, soy sauce, peppers, slices of chili peppers, some fresh slices of tomatoes and cucumbers, pickled vegetables, herbs.

It’s like a harmonious symphony of the flavor in your mouth. What makes Banh Mi special at first taste is pate. Pate is an important factor of Banh Mi which decides the taste and the flavor.

Many dishes in Vietnam were served with bread

Many dishes in Vietnam were served with bread

Another choice to have a wonderful breakfast is Banh Mi Chao. Banh Mi Chao is a special way to enjoy bread. Banh Mi Chao is a compo pan with diverse ingredients served with crispy bread. A dollop of pate, fried eggs, marinated beef steak, slices of pork, sausages, meatballs, vegetables, herbs and a special sweet and spicy sauce will totally blow your mind.

Ca Phe (Vietnamese Coffee)

The most popular Ca Phe is Ca Phe Den Da (Vietnamese black iced coffee) and Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk). Especially Ca Phe Sua Da, its flavor is really special and can’t be found anywhere else. You can buy both of them everywhere in Saigon. However, I will recommend you some adorable coffee shops. In addition, you should try other special drinks such as Ca Phe Sua Dua (Vietnamese coffee combined with coconut milk), especially in Cong Ca Phe.

  1. L’Usine Café – 19, Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1 or 70B, Le Loi Street, District 1.
  2. Cong Ca Phe – 2, Mac Thi Buoi Street, District 1 or 127&129, Bui Vien Street, District 1.
  3. Saigon80s.NhaMinh – 9/8, Truong Quyen Street, District 3.
  4. Tiem Ca Phe Dong Duong – 101, Bui Vien Street, District 1

Cyclo Resto Restaurant

This is a good restaurant to try authentic Vietnamese family meal. The way dishes of food were cooked just like the way your mother, your grandma cooked for you with all their heart. They will give you a food tour from an appetizer to a dessert.

In details, you will have Cyclo Resto spring rolls, green melon soup with shrimps, stir-fried vegetable with pork, stewed fishes in a clay pot, fried chicken with lemongrass, steamed rice and finally Vietnamese egg coffee. The egg coffee is a delicious dessert that you shouldn’t miss it.

Address: 6/28 Cach Mang Thang Tam (CMT8) Street, District 1

Propaganda Bistro      

Propaganda Bistro has an original Vietnam style of decoration with a huge picture of Vietnamese drawn on the wall. The unique decoration is an important factor that attracts travelers from other countries. They serve the authentic Vietnamese food as well as the food that mixed with Western and Asian style.

Address: 21, Han Thuyen Street, District 1.

Street food

Within 2 days, you should try the street food, one of the cultural specialties in Saigon. Some special dishes are Com Tam (broken rice with grilled pork), Hu Tieu/Bun Bo/Bun Ca/Banh Canh (kinds of noodles dishes), Pha Lau (offal stew), crab soup, Bot Chien (pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake), Banh Gio (Vietnamese rice pyramid dumplings), Bo Bia (spring rolls), snails, steamed glutinous rice, etc.

Bun Cha 145 at Bui Vien Street

After a long day, eating Bun Cha (kebab rice noodles) for dinner is amazing. Bun Cha 145 is a famous place to try authentic Bun Cha nears the city center. By the way, Bun Cha 145 is located at Bui Vien Street, one of the most bustling streets for backpackers. Pork is marinated well and the sweet and sour fish sauce that served with Bun Cha quietly has the same flavor as the authentic Bun Cha in Hanoi (Bun Cha is a specialty of Hanoi)

After having dinner, you can also wander along the Bui Vien street for hanging out with friends and sipping beers.

Address: 145, Bui Vien Street, District 1.

 

 

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