Because the weather was quite bad and the forecast for the next few days was rain, we decided to pack our bags and go somewhere warmer. And what better place then Ho Chi Minh city, a.k.a. Saigon.
We found a hostel over booking, called 4OK hostel, a nice hostel, close enough to all the sites.
First thing we did here was join the Grab community. It’s like an Asian version of Uber. You download an App from Appstore or Samsung something store ;), Sign In, and you’re all set. It will find you, based on your current GPS location, you write in the address you want to go or a landmark, confirm and then you wait. The price is predefined based on the distance, and the app will notify you when the driver is close or how far he is. You even get the make and the license plate of the car. Quite nice and it is working. The cheapest and quickest way to get around-and noone will scr** you over.
We stayed here for 3 nights (including our trip to Mekong delta) and in this time we went through the city a couple of times, visited the old Cathedral, Opera house, Train station, Post office-this are all landmarks with a great colonial architecture, mostly thanks to the French. If you don’t have your drone with you, there are even a few buildings in the downtown area providing viewing platforms, all for a price of buying a drink, of course…
One of two things you really need to visit is a Backpackers Area. It’s a cluster of a few streets, dedicated to, guess who, backapackers. Bars, pubs, hostels, agencies….and everything you can imagine or want. And if you’re lucky like us, and you are there over the weekend, it get’s really crazy…and pretty loud. So loud, I am glad we didn’t book a Hostel in this area. Even without a kid, it’s too loud. Come here to have a good time, and then go somwhere else to get a good night sleep.
The second thing you want to visit, especially if youre here with your kid, is Saigon ZOO. It is not as big as one would imagine for a city with a population over 11 million people (not including all the tourists), but it’s got a few exotic animals, that you just don’t see in every ZOO in Europe. We especially liked the White tiger. There was four of them, very playful and quite scary…quite big also. Then you have your reptiles domain, bears, monkeys, crocodiles, rhinos…along with the standard bunch. It took us around three hours to get accross, with a stop at a childrens playground of-course. It’s a must see, when you’re in Saigon.
Next day we went to visit the infamous Mekong Delta.