The bustle of the traffic, the hustle of the markets and locals’ easy smiles are just a small part of Ho Chi Minh City’s appeal. There are also sober, important reminders of Vietnam’s torrid past, like the Reunification Palace (once the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War) or the incredible Cù Chi tunnels about an hour away.
For a lighter-hearted itinerary, peruse street eats and souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market, stroll past Saigon’s Notre-Dame Basilica, constructed by French colonists, before taking an evening cruise along Saigon River.
Cu Chi tunnels. Experience haunting memories of the Vietnam War inside the Cu Chi tunnel where Viet Cong soldiers crawled underneath unsuspec- ting American soldiers.
Get yourself pampered at Spa Tropic, a tropical style spa in the heart of the old Saigon.
Enjoy some shopping at Ben Thanh Market or Cholon Market.
Ma Maison Boutique Hotel situated between downtown and the airport, will remind you of a country home in southern France. www.mamaison.vn
Take bus number 152 from the airport to downtown. The bus goes every 15 minutes.
Fly THAI from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh
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