48 Awesome Hours in Saigon
The 4th country on my RTW trip was Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon to be specific. The city definitely had an up and coming metropolitan feel to it, definitely more so than Cambodia. I’m more of a countryside individual as opposed to a city lover, so I only stayed two full days there.
Regardless of my short time constraint, I managed to do quite a bit of sightseeing. After experiencing the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, needless to say I wasn’t up to see anything pertaining to war. I wasn’t really interested in doing the touristy Mekong Delta tour either. So what else could I have possibly done? Simple. I took a city map, and took it to the streets!
I quickly found out a few things. If you stand out, touts will harass you about everything from motodop taxi rides to a pair of fake sunglasses. Thankfully, this sort of thing doesn’t really get to me really, so it didn’t scare me off track. Secondly, the traffic in Saigon is beyond ridiculous! I had to cross roads with many moving motos and pray that I would make it to the other side in one piece. If there is one thing that a traveller can do in SE Asia that will cause an adrenaline rush… is to cross one of these streets!
Here are a few photos from my walk:
All in all, it was a short yet sweet trip to Saigon. I met lots of other travelers and chatted with a few locals as well. Turned out that two German girls had a flight just 1 hour before mine, so we decided to share a taxi to the airport, booked through our hostel.