Ho Chi Minh City Journals

Vietnam Part 1: Ho Chi Minh City

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An August 2010 trip to Ho Chi Minh City by Essexgirl09

War Remnants Museum Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: The first part of my trip to Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon).

Quan An Ngon

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Restaurant | "Vietnamese for Delicious"

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On our very first night in Vietnam, our tour guide took us on an orientation walk of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) to finish up at a nice restaurant. We ate quite early – the Vietnamese do – which was good as we were all a bit jet-lagged. The restaurant was on Pasteur Street in District 1, just a short walk from the Reunification Palace. I am told that Ngon is Vietnamese for ‘delicious’. The restaurant seemed quite busy but our guide had booked a table for us upstairs. The downstairs seemed quite open and there were lots of tables and chairs outside, which I recall thinking was a bit ambitious if you had experienced a HCMC afternoon rain shower. The restaurant had a co...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2010

Quan An Ngon
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., Dist. 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
08 829-9449

Hong Vy 3 Hotel

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Hotel | "Good 2 Star Hotel"

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Ho Chi Minh City (formerly, and still often known as, Saigon) was my first destination on my recent trip to Vietnam. I spent two nights staying at the Hong Vy 3 Hotel, which was selected by my tour operator. Location wise it is fairly central, walking distance to the War Remnants museum and Reunification Palace as well as Ben Thanh Market and numerous restaurants. The street it is on is popular with other hotels, and is very busy so it is easy to pick up metered taxis outside (I recommend Mai Linh). It is in a tall, narrow building and is well maintained. You enter via a number of polished stone steps and there are always porters around to help with your bags or get you a cab (they d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2010

Hong Vy 3 Hotel
20 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ben Thanh District
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

War Remnants Museum

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Attraction | "Casualties of War"

War Remnants Museum Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The War Remnants Museum used to be called The American War Crimes Museum, but the name was changed for obvious reasons! It depicts war crimes by American and French troops but the emphasis is on the former. The museum is based a short walk from the Reunification Palace in District 3, in central Ho Chi Minh City and cost 15,000 VND (50p) to enter. A word of warning it is not for the faint-hearted, a lot of the museum is made up of graphic photographs depicting scenes of brutality. Outside there is an assortment of planes and tanks etc to view and pose in front of if so inclined. Inside the large, modern, air-conditioned museum you view photographic images of massacres of civilians pe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2010

War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(08) 829 5587

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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Attraction | "Tunnels of War"

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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The Cu Chi Tunnels are about an hour and a half drive from central Ho Chi Minh City and I accessed them through a tour organised by my travel company. Prices vary, but US$22 seems typical for a half day (5 hour) tour including hotel pick up and drop off. The Cu Chi Tunnels were built during the American-Vietnam War by the Viet Cong (liberation army), there was apparently 120km of tunnels at different levels, which the Viet Cong used to traverse the area, they slept there, ate there and prepared for war there. When you arrive there are toilets (satisfactory) and a shop, before you walk to the main part of the tunnel museum. You walk through an underpass; the pass would be suitable for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2010

The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Củ Chi District
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon

Mekong Delta Tour

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Attraction | "Mekong Delta Day Tour"

Mekong Delta Tour Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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We booked a full day trip to the Mekong Delta through our tour guide, it cost approx $28 and picked us up and returned us to our hotel. We had an informative guide for the day who told us a LOT of information about the region, it all became a bit much to take in after a while. The journey down to the river was about two hours in an air conditioned coach and it is nice to see the city disappear and see some of rural Vietnam, where a lot of the country’s rice is grown. The place where we picked up our boat at My Tho had toilets and a few tourist stalls, I didn’t check the prices, but nothing is that expensive in Vietnam. We boarded a simple motor boat that would seat about 25-30 people when full, wh...Read More

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Mekong Delta Tour
Mekong Delta
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 0710
84 985 144 144