I’ve never seen so many bikes in my life on the street until I came to HCMC. You see pedal bikes and motor bikes leading the city’s traffic day in until the wee hours of the night. A whole new different Asian culture to my sight.
I enjoyed their central Market called Ben Tanh Market which can’t be miseed by a tourist – literally, the first thing to do after getting visa on arrival to Vietnam. In here, you can find all sorts of items from souvenirs to personal needs. Don’t forget the great eats! You will certainly miss half of your life if you didn’t try their original pho (pronounced “fa”).
With the French influence, great architectural buildings are spread all over the city. Reunification Palace is one of them. The War Remnants Museum is also a good place to visit to learn more of Vietnam history. Just beside the city, visit the Cu chi tunnels. Get the sight on how the local soldiers live during war.
The historical Mekong river which gave livelihood to the first Vietnamese inhabitants is another thing to visit in HCMC. They have dinner cruises if this would interest you.