Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is buzzing with liveliness! It’s the largest city and was once the Capital of Vietnam. I know you’re probably choosing between Hanoi and HCMC, but I went to Saigon and had no regrets!
This was actually my first solo travel overseas. But I took a leap of faith because there are things that I can discover myself which cannot be achieved beyond the confines of my everyday life. Here are 13 photos to inspire you to solo backpack Saigon!
I stayed at The Common Room Project which is located at District 5.
This hostel has a homie feeling. I love the way they made me feel welcomed!
WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM SCENES
I just had to admit how horribly uneducated I was about the US-Vietnam War. This is why I took more time to learn more about the history.
Going here has been one of the most humbling experience I’ve had as a traveler. It made me feel a tangle of emotions.
Although most displays may be disturbing, I love how each photo speaks a thousand words. As most museums I have visited have done appropriately with sensitive issues while presenting facts and not taking sides, this museum is a no holds barred. Most displays are blatantly one-sided but it’s also nice to read and see stories from the US military victims.
Shocking exhibition with no details or images censored. But this was really an eye opener. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL SCENES
After not being able to get into the Independence Palace, I instead went to Notre Dame Cathedral which is made very similar from the one in Paris although a lot newer. I wasn’t able to get in because they’re doing some restoration.
I visited Notre Dame Cathedral because this is one of the historic sites in Saigon. (c) Ariel Martinez
CENTRAL POST OFFICE SCENE
After getting lunch, I headed to the Central Post Office which was a grand building that still houses the city’s mail. This dates back to the French colonial reign. I had to admit, I actually forgot to go inside after taking some photos.
There was an influx of people in the Book Street that’s near the Post Office that got my attention.
I fancied books and this Aloe Vera Yogurt.
After I visited these historical places in Saigon, I also went to Bitexco Financial Tower which to satiate my hunger on seeing Saigon from above. It is the Tallest Building in Saigon. The design inspiration for this Tower was drawn from Vietnam’s national flower, the Lotus. It’s a symbol of optimism and commitment.
The Saigon Skydeck has full breathtaking panoramas of the city! After a while, it slowly got dark. So it was time for me to take some pictures by night.
The Skydeck is nicely illuminated from inside and looks really beautiful. However this makes it hard to take good photos. The lights often reflect in the windows but nevertheless, I was fascinated to see Saigon from above. The city takes on a whole new perspective!
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Til next time! See you on the road!