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CruiseReportHo Chi Minh City (Saigon)4A review of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Insane traffic, amazing people
 
 
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam  
 
 
   
     
Chris Dikmen
     
  Last visited: 01-2016  
     
We have been to Saigon twice and have found it to be a fascinating city. There is a lot to see and do here and it is definitely one of the most interesting places you will ever visit. You will be amazed at the frenetic way the motorbikes and cars weave through intersections in a sort of ordered chaos.

One of our ship's tours visited a local Vietnamese restaurant one evening for a traditional meal that was quite good.

A shuttle will take drop you off in town near the opera house and you can easily walk to the old post office, which is well worth a visit. Prepare to be approached by locals selling all sorts of souvenirs and postcards on the streets. They are aggressive, but polite and will go away if you smile and say "no thank you", unlike some other parts of the world. You may also experience beggars, but on our last visit, we did not see any.

Everyone here appears to be busy doing something. You sense that the whole country has embraced Capitalism and they are all working hard for a better life. Gleaming skyscrapers are going up all over town, a sign that Socialism is giving way to Capitalism.

Saigon is a great city to visit, especially on a smaller ship that can navigate up the river into town. Otherwise, plan on a 2 hour bus ride to get into the city.
     
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