Ho Chi Minh City

HCMC Is an amazing city to explore! There is so much to see. From the tallest buildings, historical sites, to cute cafes and delicious street food.

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Where we Stayed?

We found this condo on AirBnb, which had a beautiful rooftop pool and a gym. This place had multiple condos, the gym was located in one of the others, but we still had access. This place was simple, but clean! Decent amount of space. Condo had a small kitchen, but no kitchen supplies. We paid $22CAD/night.

If you have some extra cash to spend, maybe check out the tallest building in HCMC! It’s a hotel and condo, which also has a spa located inside. It’s called Landmark 81. We were shocked that it was only $225CAD/night at this luxurious place. This back home would be closer to around $600/night. That’s the price in Toronto at the Ritz.

So splurge here if you want! 

What to Eat?

Since we were only here for 1 day we didn’t experience too many foods, but where we ate was delicious!

The Workshop
This place was cute and had the best breakfast. I had a delicious omelette with some yummy iced coffee. You can obviously go cheaper with food here and also try some local breakfast dishes, but I do enjoy my normal breakfast routine here.

Phở Hòa Pasteur
Best Pho that we had in the city! It had either 2 or 3 floors and it was super busy with the locals, which makes you know that the food is good when it’s packed with people who live in the area!

Koi Cafe
Really good bubble tea, that had 3 floors! They even had a cute balcony.

What to Do?

​We walked around, and did as much as our bodies could handle. The heat can be draining, but the city is so lively! We both loved the atmosphere here.

Central Post Office
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a glorious example of French colonial architecture, perfectly preserved with as much style as when it first opened in 1891. The building still functions as the city’s main post office, so send a letter or a postcard to someone back home!

​Notre Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam. Located in Paris Square.

​Visit the Giac Lam Pagoda​
Buddhist pagoda. This was built in 1744, it’s one of the oldest temples in the city. Take some time here, walk around and admire the gorgeous architecture.

​Tour the War Remnants Museum

Popular museums in all of Vietnam. More than half a million visitors come here every single year! Some items that you will see are the old military vehicles, helicopters and the attack bombes and M48 tanks.

​Take a Bonsai River Cruise
Take in the lovely city by boat! Head to Bonsai River Cruise. Enjoy a dinner with the perfect views! Great way to end the night.

​Check out all the markets, walk along the streets, take a cooking class,  check out rooftop bars, the stuff you can do here is endless!

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