Return to Saigon

Ho Chi Minh city is a city of mopeds – they’re everywhere. And one of the most enjoyable experiences is hopping onto one, which is by far the best way to see the city. However hiring one isn’t massively recommended, unfortunately, as trying to navigate the road rules is altogether a skill in itself. We really wanted to experience HCM on the back of a scooter, so we booked a street eats local tour. Definitely worth doing!

Next up a local walking tour through district 1, 3 and 5. Possibly one of the cheapest but most interesting tours we’ve done on our travels. A lovely mix of history and people watching, Thien, our guide brought history to life with her personalisation of past events and local people she knows along the way. Her passion for this local area is evident.

A visit to the War Remnants Museum (baotangchungtichchientranh.vn) is a sobering experience. Containing exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War with the French colonialists, it features photographs, military vehicles, and various weapons. We first visited here 5 years ago, however it is evident that a lot of effort has been put in to further developing this museum. It’s rare to see the horrors of war displayed so starkly. A daunting thought provoking museum, that should be on everyone’s list when visiting Saigon.

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