Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

It was close to Christmas and we wanted a Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings of home, there were a couple of restaurants that would be offing a special menu for this occasion. After viewing the various menus, we settled on Poomba’s, choosing to eat around noon on Christmas day as opposed to Christmas Eve.

Ready for Christmas Dinner.

With Jason the owner of Poomba’s

We planned a trip with Ken & Nat to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) leaving on December 28th.

We arrived in Saigon late afternoon, checked into our hotel which is located in what is called District 1, here are the views from our room.

After settling in to the hotel it was time to explore our surroundings, alleyways included.

We found the tourist area; the main street being called Beer/Backpacker Street.

The hotel was also close to the local tourist market (Ben Thanh Market)  where there are bargains to be had if you are willing to barter on the price.

The Song Soai Rap (NHA Be River) and Song Sai Gon (Saigon River) are rivers that flows through the city with many estuaries.

Large Artificial Flowers being erected for the coming New Year’s Celebrations.

We visited a couple Hindu Temples.

This city was badly damaged during the Vietnam War but has been rebuilt into a modern city with a mixture of old and unique buildings.

There are many green spaces and parks throughout the city. One of these parks has some interesting statues.

As we strolled the streets we stumbled upon this group of guys with their custom motorcycles.

And just to finish of this episode, here is a photo of a local bowl of Pho, Yum, Yum!

Next: Sightseeing near Saigon.

4 thoughts on “Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)”

  1. Hard to beat that food and the culture Stewart. Ho Chi Minh City home to 9,000.000 bicycles!
    Have a marvelous time you guys.
    Best Regards Steve

  2. Great pictures guys, looks like a great journey and your both having fun. What more can you ask for, besides 20 more years of travelling, keep it going.
    Janine & Laurie

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