Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Sept 2015

Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2016

Since this is our first international trip together – like, first time to ride a plane together, this one is an exciting travel for us.

Note: I am now working here in Malaysia, so we both now are based in a same country. 🙂 Yay! No more #TeamLDR.

Right after work, we packed our bags and headed to KLIA2 right away. With a delayed 8pm flight, we arrived late at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at around past 10 in the evening.

Tip #1: If you do not have any transfer/pick up service, you may want to opt for these taxi companies available outside the airport – Mai Linh Taxi or Vinasun Taxi. As of travel blogs and online forums, they are not just the highest rating taxis around Ho Chi Minh City they are also the safest.

While we are on a budget travel, “as always”, we chose to stay with an Airbnb host for our 3-night stay that costs only RM46/night.

We never had a chance to meet Rich in person though, this home made our stay not just affordable, but also it let us experience to live a locals.

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Rich Nguyen’s Place RM46/night

Though arranging tour services might be the most convenient option to tour around the city, it is still not the cheapest way to explore. (A budget-traveler’s thinking. Haha.)

But not bad, as we were able to see and visit Cu Chi Tunnels + City tour (still not budget-friendly though).

Day 1:

  • Pick up at 8:00 am sharp
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Lunch at Miquangmyson
  • Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
  • Central Post Office
  • Jade Emperor Pagoda
  • Reunification Palace

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After a tiring Cu Chi Tunnel and City tour, we have decided to take some rest first before starting to explore around Nguyen Street at night, which I can describe as the Khao San Road of Thailand – full of life, Western people and bar, all-nighters and restaurants.

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Dinner time!

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2nd Pho of the day

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Bandwagon-ing with other tourists and locals, sitting in small, high-back, plastic chairs, enjoying the loud music along Nguyen Street while drinking cold Saigon beer and watching locals fire dancing.

While the night is still young, we thought of going back home early for tomorrow is another loooong, tiring day.

Day 2: Such a spontaneous one! On the day itself, we started to look for nearby tourist and shopping spots. Jollibee hunting is on our list too! 🙂

Itinerary

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Breakfast

To Go Cafe Shop – which we just saw while walking around the sun. There were also lots of coffee shops on both sides of the street, but this one looks so comfortable.

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Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much.

Read more at: Vietnam Guide

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Tip#1: Haggle!!

Vendors will give high priced goods, but if you try to haggle ‘friendly’, you will be lucky enough to get them for a good cost. 🙂 We shopped gym clothes, a few pastries and of course, COFFEE!

 

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While walking around and looking where Jollibee is, we got tired and decided to just ride a cab and asked him to drop us off in the nearest one.

After having a quick lunch, we went back home straight as we need to drop off our things first, get some rest and then head back to roaming around.

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The city’s usual scene – motorbikes from here and there. Be cautious when crossing the road.

While walking around and looking where Jollibee is, we got tired and decided to just ride a cab and asked him to drop us off in the nearest one.

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Finallyyyy!!! But….”Iba parin talaga kapag sa Pilipinas!”

After having a quick lunch, we went back home straight as we need to drop off our things first, get some rest and then head back to roaming around.

5pm and we’re both hungry. We have decided to go and see the Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

Since this street is known to be lively at night, we waited at one of the coffee shops and ate a slice of cake. 🙂

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Our second coffee shop stop.

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Our last day in Ho Chi Minh City has come to an end and we are truly happy for the experience that it has given us. A totally different culture which made us more open to the world around us and made us thirstier of the explorations and discoveries that this friendly universe has to offer.

3 days has passed…. But…. wait!

Coffee first before leaving the city! 🙂

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Blending in with the locals on their kind of mornings.

Damage: RM 1,500 / Php 17,000+ each

  • AirAsia two-way flight tickets (RM660.16 / more or less Php 7,766)
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • City Tour
  • Shopping
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Entrance Fee
  • Two-way transport to and from the airport (KLIA2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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