Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant, eclectic city. It is full of sights, sounds, smells… and motorbikes. A lot of motorbikes. The city’s eclectic building style comes from the chapters of Vietnam’s history, and the various nations that have controlled the country. We particularly enjoyed the distinct examples of French Colonial architecture.
We found the city to be more energetic than Bangkok. There are restaurants, food stalls and street vendors everywhere- and a coffee shop every few steps (or so it seemed). There are a large number of markets and shops selling ‘name brand’ jewellery, accessories, athletic clothing and shoes at fantastically low prices.
The large green spaces and parks sprinkled throughout the city were a welcome respite from the heat and traffic noise.
Our one mishap was Andrew breaking a wheel on his suitcase. He couldn’t have picked a better place for this to happen: there are a plethora of luggage stores in Ho Chi Minh. We were able to find a perfect replacement for only 900,000 Vietnamese Dong (approx. $49CAD).This entry was posted in Vietnam