I am new to this site and remain slightly intimidated with all of these mandatory 'boxes' to tick. Writing about Saigon will probably help a little. It is a most fascinating city, a tiger in-waiting and most certainly the beating heart of modern-day Vietnam.
When reading posts on the Lonely Planet's South-East Asia branch and a variety of other travel sites, it is obvious that almost all backpackers and other individual travelers are directed to / do not venture beyond the backpacker centre in Pham Ngu Lao St. and the immediate downtown area. They visit Ben Thanh market, a few pagodas, cruise along Dong Khoi St and Nguyen Hue St. and make a day-trip to the Cu Chi tunnels.
Saigon has much more to offer and in my Saigon Dreaming journal I'll try to highlight some of the lesser known areas and attractions.