Singaporetourismmap: Ho Chi Minh Metropolis / Saigon

The concluding halt on our whirlwind tour of Vietnam was inwards Ho Chi Minh City inwards the due south of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh, formerly know equally Saigon, is the largest metropolis inwards Vietnam as well as is just crazily busy! When known equally Saigon it was firstly the working capital missive of the alphabet of the French colony of Cochinchina as well as afterwards of the independent democracy of Vietnam. On the ii July 1976 the metropolis was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City but Saigon is nonetheless widely used unofficially.

After taking a delayed flying from Hanoi nosotros finally arrived in that location inwards the early on hours of the morning, checked into our hotel as well as collapsed take into bed. Next morning, as well as despite the slowly night, nosotros were upward early, had breakfast as well as were ready to explore the city. First place, the incredibly grand looking Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office. As you lot may approximate from my photograph below the edifice was built when Vietnam was purpose of French Indochina as well as is heavily influenced past times Gothic, Renaissance as well as French equally a result. It was built betwixt 1886 as well as 1891 as well as tin count Gustave Eiffel (yes him of Eiffel Tower fame) equally i of its architects. The within of the Post Office is ornately decorated alongside a high arched ceiling, old maps of the surface area painted on the walls, woods paneling as well as clocks showing the times of diverse cities some the world.

Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office

From the Post Office nosotros moved on to the nearby Notre Dame cathedral otherwise known equally the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. It equally good was established whilst Vietnam was a French colony as well as was constructed betwixt 1863 as well as 1880. All the master copy edifice materials were imported from France. It's a quite stunning edifice and, just similar the cathedral inwards Hanoi, is non surprisingly real reminiscent of European church building architecture. Despite the crowds exterior within was calm as well as peaceful as well as quite lovely to wander around.

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Interior of the cathedral
Stained Glass Windows

We entirely had i total twenty-four hours inwards Ho Chi Minh but for certain packed a lot in! Next halt was the Saigon Skydeck inwards the Bitexco Financial Tower to instruct an aerial sentiment over the city. Whilst possibly non an iconic sentiment or skyline it was nonetheless groovy to instruct an thought of the scale of the metropolis stretching out earlier us. The viewing score is on the 49th flooring as well as offers completely panoramic views, letting you lot run into the busy streets as well as junctions below as well as correct along the busy river too. Inside the skydeck in that location is also a eating theatre as well as cafe which nosotros popped into for a drink, although the service was ho-hum the views were in i trial again good.

View from the Saigon Skydeck

After dejeuner (more on that soon) as well as a fighting of a balance dorsum inwards our hotel nosotros headed out inwards the eventide for a few drinks alongside a sunset view. For our sentiment nosotros headed to a bar called Saigon Saigon inwards the Caravelle hotel. My married adult man had genuinely been hither on previous operate visits to Ho Chi Minh as well as suggested this would live a skilful spot to hopefully run into a skilful sunset on our concluding nighttime inwards Vietnam. According to the hotel's website the bar has been opened upward since 1959 as well as was a pop spot for journalists inwards the 1960s when it was the highest spot inwards the city. We got in that location early on as well as managed to catch ourselves a skilful identify outside. Unfortunately the sunset was non equally impressive equally some my married adult man has seen previously but the cloudy heaven nonetheless looked beautiful equally the Sun went down. As the metropolis lights came on the metropolis took on a dissimilar vibe alongside the streets thronging below us equally nosotros sipped on our drinks as well as looked dorsum over our holiday.

The Sun going downwards over Ho Chi Minh City on our concluding nighttime inwards Vietnam
Lights coming on equally the Sun goes down

On our means dorsum to the hotel the lastly sight of the nighttime was the fabulous looking Ho Chi Minh metropolis hall lit up. The edifice was built betwixt 1902 as well as 1908 inwards the French colonial style. It genuinely did await wonderful as well as is for certain i of the nighttime fourth dimension spots to photograph from the pose out of people milling some doing precisely the same equally us.

Ho Chi Minh metropolis hall

The adjacent morning, our concluding inwards Vietnam, nosotros had some fourth dimension to fill upward as well as decided to see Ho Chi Minh's botanic gardens. These gardens are clearly a real pop weekend spot for locals equally the identify was heaving fifty-fifty though nosotros were in that location pretty early! Like Hanoi's botanic gardens you lot convey to pay to instruct inwards but what nosotros hadn't fully realised was that in that location was also a zoo of sorts there, I was genuinely surprised past times how many animals in that location were there. Our move guide suggested it was beingness unopen as well as the animals relocated but this didn't await to live the illustration from our visit. Having dug some a fighting to a greater extent than in that location seems to live a clear carve upward betwixt those who intend it's a groovy zoo as well as those who experience the animals involve novel homes. Personally I didn't charge per unit of measurement it as well as felt the animals mostly looked pretty distressing for themselves as well as looked to live living inwards less than ideal conditions. When the crocodiles are swimming inwards H2O that has rubbish floating inwards it that people convey clearly thrown inwards rather than abide by a rubbish bin as well as it hasn't been removed I intend you lot tin instruct the full general idea.

The balance of the gardens were pleasant plenty but non spectacular though everywhere was crazy busy inwards them. There were a few greenhouse type buildings but all seemed to live padlocked, my photograph below beingness just i of those nosotros could await through the gates into. It seemed a fighting of a shame that you lot couldn't become inwards them to sentiment the plants growing inside.

After leaving the gardens nosotros headed for a real skilful dejeuner as well as and thence it was fourth dimension to caput to the airdrome as well as supply to Singapore. We had a groovy calendar week inwards Vietnam packing a crazy amount of things in. I intend personally I preferred Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh but maybe that was because nosotros spent longer in that location as well as I had to a greater extent than run a endangerment to run into the city. Halong Bay was altogether dissimilar as well as just only beautiful. Overall definitely a soil to supply to some twenty-four hours if I can.

If you lot desire to read most what nosotros did inwards Hanoi as well as Halong Bay banking concern agree out mine (and my husband's) posts here,


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