Since we only allotted another day to be in Saigon, we made to see as much tourist spots as possible. To save money and maximize our options, we relied on handy tourist maps.
Everything was accessible from our hotel. So, we just walked all day and enjoyed Saigon’s numerous attractions.
In my earlier blog post I stated that we stayed in Luan Vu. A hotel at the backpackers area which is very accessible. So instead of paying expensive commutes to go to the museums, markets and other tourist spots we just —walked. Besides from saving it’s also an exercise. Ha, ha, ha.
Our first stop was Chợ Bến Thành aka Ben Thanh Market which is the largest old-style market in the central district. The market is divided in to tourist goods such as souvenirs, clothes, etc and edible items namely fruits, vegetables, and local-style foods. We weren’t able to buy stuff here because most of the shops have no price so we feared that we may be fooled.
After spending less than hour in the Ben Tanh we went to our next destination the, Ho-Chi-Minh Museum, located at Duong Nguyen Tat Thanh, Dist. 4. It is open daily from 7:30AM-12 noon and 1:30PM-5PM with 10,000 dong (.5 USD) entrance.
The museum is in a French colonial era building. It shows the life story of the modern day father of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. The museum also shows some cool archived war fragments.
Here are my favorite photos from my iPhone at the museum. (1. Top Left — my sandals look the same as their sandals long ago. 2. Top Right — selfie stick outside the Museum. 3. Bottom Left: These are bullet-proofed tote bag and cap—looks so stylish and safe. 4. Bottom Right. Lookbooking at the stairs. )
While looking for a place to eat lunch I grabbed the chance to take a photo on a street art on streets of Saigon. (Dennis is really annoyed! He, he, he.)
So we ate in a Vietnam Restaurant. I even forgot what I ordered! I just ordered randomly!
After an hour of rest, we continued walking and inquired at the Saigon Opera House. But we felt that we wont be able to appreciate the show because it was too high-browed for our taste.
Then we went to one of the oldest building in Ho Chi Minh — the famous Saigon Central Post Office located right in the heart of the City. It was built around 1886 – 1891. Mind you this building was designed by Gustave Eiffel – the famous French architect who designed Eiffel Tower in Paris. While I can’t still be in Paris at least this is enough! Oh, PARIS!
After visiting the Central Post Office we went to its opposite neighbour Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. Which was established by French colonists, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). Moreover, all the original building materials were imported from France.
We continued our way to walk and fight the heat while we look for the War Remnant Museum. Which is located at 28 Vo Van Tan Street ; open daily from 7:30AM-12PM & 1:30PM-5PM, the admission is 15,000 VND (less than a dollar).
This museum has 3 floors of exhibits.Which shows various U.S. military hardware such as tanks, helicopters and such which is displayed outside the building. The first two floors of the museum contains disturbing display of man’s cruelty during the Vietnam & American War. While the exhibit on the 3rd floor shows the story of the war journalists all over the world who risked their lives to document the war.
Then, while walking towards our hotel we saw a Floating Puppet Show. We inquired and it was just the right time. So we decided to watch the show.
After the gruelling walk we had a good massage then ate dinner.
Photos Credits to J.Dennis