Saigon is an alluring, bustling city in the southern-most part of Vietnam. The people are busy, yet ever-welcoming. The coolest thing about Vietnam is how particularly kind people are to children. Keep an eye out for a distinct French influence, particularly the further north you travel in Vietnam.
To Go*: You’ll fly into SGN – Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon (known as “Ho Chi Minh City” to government officials and just about no one else). A good place to begin your search is Getting There and Around on Lonely Planet. Prices vary from your origination city..
* I make no claim to be a travel agent or expert on booking travel. I am simply offering a ball park idea for what to expect when booking a flight from the U.S. to Saigon, Vietnam.
To Get around: Lonely Planet’s City Guide to Saigon, Vietnam is the perfect place to begin familiarizing yourself with the lay of the land in Saigon. In addition, Lonely Planet’s section Getting Around details options for transportation in Saigon.
To Eat: Some good restaurant recommendations on Trip Advisor include:
Pho 2000 – 1-3 D Phan Chu Trinh – Saigon, Vietnam – (08) 822 2788
24 Pho – 5 Nguyen cards, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 – Saigon, Vietnam – (84) (08) 822 6278
Nam Giao Hue Noodle House – 136/15 D Le Thanh Ton | Dong Khoi Area – Saigon, Vietnam – (08) 825 0261
Hai Lua – Ngo Van Nam – Saigon, Vietnam
Asian Stars (Sao Dong)
Mien Choi on Nguyen Du
Helpful Tip for using Agoda.com…
- To begin, go to Agoda Home Page.
- Under “Hotel Deals of the Day”, type in the city name under “Where would you like to go?”
- Filter results by clicking on “Sort by: Review Score” in dropdown menu at top of page. If you do a city search straight from the Home page, the top results given will be “Agoda Recommended” places (aka sponsored links), which are typically not any higher in quality, just in price.
To See/To Do: Trip Advisor’s Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City (aka “Saigon”) offers excellent reviews and recommendations for must-sees and things to do in Saigon.
Don’t miss out on taking a Mekong Delta Tour while you’re in town! We booked ours through a tour/travel agent on Pham Ngu Lao Street, the renowned “backpacker area” in Saigon. A guide from a local bus company picks you up near your hotel in the morning, then takes you to the Mekong River Delta, where you board a traditional longboat-style touring boat. Our tour included visiting a floating market and a small village for mini lessons in local customs, taking a canoe ride down a tributary, and enjoying lunch in another nearby village. Taking bike rides and lounging in hammocks was a perfect end to our tour.
Other: Beware when crossing busy city streets in Saigon! Cars are rare; instead, you’ll see mopeds and small motorbikes zooming past recklessly at high speeds. They’ll avoid you, but you’ll want to watch the locals and follow what they do when crossing the street. In the Vietnamese countryside, vehicles will not avoid hitting you. So be extra careful when crossing.
C’mon, let’s get going! It’s time to Life the Life You’ve Imagined!
Song du Jour: Seek Up by Dave Matthews Band – just because I heard this today and loved it more than ever!
This chestnut is a Live performance at the Gorge in WA – it includes LeRoi Moore, DMB’s one-of-a-kind sax player who passed away from complications following an ATV accident back in 2008.