I’m a planner. I wish I could be more spontaneous, but I can never quite get myself to just go with the flow and stop planning. With a trip to South East Asia in a couple of months, my planning brain has been on overdrive and all I can do in my spare time is come up with an itinerary. Despite only having four days in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), there are a few things that I want to do, and after an extensive search in travel books and online, here are a few things that I plan to do.
Scooter Tour | One of the best way to get a feel for the city, is exploring the streets and what’s a better way to do it than on a scooter. By joining a scooter tour in HCMC, you can get around fast and it can show you the back streets as well as the heart of the city. I’ve decided to joined the XO Foodie Tour for $75USD, a four hour tour with an emphasis on food and the food is inclusive with the price. XO Scooter Tours are currently listed as #1 on activities in HCMC and have over hundreds of excellent reviews. They also have other tours available during various times of the day which takes you around to explore the city sites or alternatively, for a little bit more money, they can do private tours and take you around with an itinerary more tailored for you.
Sightseeing | There are a few touristy sights that I plan to visit in my own pace and I was told that HCMC is rather easy to navigate around. The Gothic-styled Saigon Central Post Office designed by French Architect, Gustave Eiffel, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace are some of the main places that I want to see during my stay in HCMC. The Cu Chi Tunnels are quite far from where we are staying, but I would love to explore the tunnels that were used during the Vietnam War.
Shopping | Although my trip to HCMC will be short and sweet, I would love to pick up a few bargains at the Ben Thanh Market where there are over 3000 stalls as well as the beautiful L’Usine that is housed in a beautiful factory like setting. I will be stopping by Hong Kong at the end of my trip, so I may leave the majority of my shopping till then.
Eating | Without a doubt, I try to fit as much eating as possible whenever I travel and apart from the Foodie Tour, I plan to try as much as I can. This will be detailed in a separate post, so stay tuned for that!
Massage | Depending on how we are doing for time, I plan to fit a quick massage in. With spas in Auckland charging an excessive amount of money for a oasis of relaxation, I wouldn’t mind fitting this in during my short stay in HCMC.
Have you been to HCMC? Any recommendations on where to go and what to do will be much appreciated!