48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City — The Highlights

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City — The Highlights

A humongous thanks to Dan and Casey for allowing me to talk to you all about one of my favorite places, Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon). I hope you all have read their article on The Best Reason to Visit Vietnam and that it’s got you all excited for your own trip, because it sure had me ready to return! Hopefully after reading this article, you’ll be booking your flights.  So you’ve arrived in Ho Chi Minh City. Maybe you’re just there on a short layover before you jet off to someplace else. Maybe you’re gearing up to cycle the length of Vietnam as Dan and Casey did. Or maybe you’ve come specifically to HCMC to learn about the city’s rich history and culture. No matter how long you have in the city, unfortunately, you’ll find that the number of interesting activities far exceeds the amount of time you have: the place is packed full of fascinating sights and sensory experiences! But in case you can only be there for a limited amount of time, here are the highlights: Free Walking Tour When you first arrive in HCMC, you’ll probably want to get your bearings in the city. A great way to do this is to take a free walking tour. These tours operate on a tips-only basis and can be a cheap way to gain some local knowledge of the city. You’ll get a brief introduction to the city and the tourist hotspots, and it can help you narrow down what your interests are so you know what to do for the rest of your...