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Stories and Tips Ho Chi Minh City

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Crossing The Street? Not An Easy Feat!

Written by Jodeci527 on 18 Jun, 2013

Heavy traffic is expected when one visits any of the larger cities in the world. From the pungent scent of vehicular exhaust to the ever present smog which seems to smother cities such as Hong Kong, we learn how to adapt whether we're driving or…Read More

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Shopping in Saigon

Written by Jodeci527 on 18 Apr, 2013

During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I did a fair amount of shopping, for grocery, clothing and souvenirs. I found the experience to be exactly what I had anticipated: A bit disorienting and frustrating, but filled with interest, awe and a myriad of…Read More

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Self Guided Tour of HCMC

Written by Jodeci527 on 10 Mar, 2012

During one of my free days in Ho Chi Minh City, I decided to attempt a self guided tour. I left my room and went downstairs to speak with one of the staff members at Saigon Backpackers. The lady at the front desk gave me…Read More

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From Vietnam to Cambodia by Bus

Written by Jodeci527 on 09 Mar, 2012

The Sinh Tourist is the most famous tour company for independent travelers in Vietnam. Their branch in Ho Chi Minh City was located right in the middle of Pham Ngu Lao, which is the largest backpacker area in the city. Many travelers use the agency…Read More

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Eating on a Budget in Vietnam

Written by Jodeci527 on 09 Mar, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City is one of those cities which backpackers flock to in South East Asia. It's possible to live there on a meagre budget of $20 a day, while maintaining a rather decent life. So, if this number seems ridiculously low, I'll break…Read More

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A Passport Theft Odyssey

Written by SeenThat on 18 Apr, 2008

More than any other country in South East Asia, Vietnam keeps security threats for the traveler. Few visitors have neither witnessed violence directly nor know a victim of violence; being aware of the dangers can ensure a pleasant and safe visit.The main, incessant, shock awaiting…Read More


Written by Combitta on 17 Jul, 2002

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…Read More

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Getting Sick - Getting Help

Written by Ishtar on 21 May, 2005

I have been fairly lucky over the many years of travel, in that I have never gotten acutely sick. Despite the many incursions to Mexico, Montezuma’s Revenge and I never crossed paths. Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, the entire Caribbean, and the highlands of Costa Rica were…Read More

Dress Making

Written by onesundaymorning on 03 Oct, 2008

When in Vietnam getting clothing made is a must, and the streets of Dong Khoi are filled with tailors who can make just about anything. Off a side street I found a gem of a shop. Bolts of silk lined the walls, but we were…Read More

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Cyclos and Rickshaws

Written by onesundaymorning on 25 Sep, 2008

Some travel experiences leave an imprint on you for ever, others scar you for life and if you happen to have that experience while on the back of a cyclo in Ho Chi Minh you might just end up scared both physically and mentally.…Read More

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