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10 things to know about Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi 20151016_140154Beautiful City View of HCMC20151016_14050720151018_103247 20151017_123812IMG_20151018_104717 IMG_20151017_121800 IMG_20151017_112633Minh 20151016_142053City(HCMC), also known as Saigon city, is in southern Vietnam. It is known to play an important role during the Vietnam war!

HCMC is also known for its French colonial architecture like  Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the Saigon Central Post Office. Visitors can observe Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market. A city is marked by Simple people, Bamboo hat wearing roadside sellers, chaotic traffic(mostly comprising of Bikes, even kids wear a helmet there :)). HCMC is safe for women travellers. Many woman group visitors visit HCMC to understand and know more about Vietnam history. I was amazed to see Vietnamese women are equally hard working as men and contribute to the finances of the family. As an entrepreneur, I love to explore new places and meet people from diverse background. Visiting Vietnam gave me a deep insight into how hard work and dedication can really help to survive in odd situations

Few things to share about the place-

  1. Visitors should book a tour(either private or a group with a tour guide). They will get to know exact details about the place and history.
  2. Mekong Delta, a must visit for people who are looking for a break from hectic city life. Mekong Delta gives one a Kampong(village) life experience, near to nature, horse cart ride, tropical fruits, honey tea experience will give u a soulful experience.
  3. Visitors are advised to take Vinasun taxis only while going to different places in HCMC, as it is reliable.
  4. Rice Paper rolls a must try for all visitors. Amazing experience for veggies and non-veggies too.
  5. Do take a walking stroll around Dong Khoi street leading to Cathedral and Post office square and end up at the Reunification palace. Visitors will experience the traffic, local street side food sellers, beautiful art galleries, young college student groups, local Vietnamese coffee outlets, and many more local city experiences
  6. Plan to visit Cu Chi tunnel is a must for every visitor, as they get reflection about Vietnam war and struggle which locals faced during those days. Inside of Cu Chi tunnel, experience makes one think if there is a will there is away. With bare hands, people dig the tunnel and kept digging to keep their families save.
  7. Ben Tanh market is a place for street shopping, but with good bargaining skills and less baggage along as the place is compact with narrow lanes for walking area.
  8. Jade Emperor Pagoda is worth visiting place situated in heart of the city. Built-in 1909 in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC, stuffed with statues of divinities and heroes. The pungent smoke of incense fills the air and gives a different feel of the place.
  9. Currency in Dong gets very confusing to handle and reminds one of their monopoly days:).As a newcomer to the country, one must be very careful to check the money he is handling as some of the bill colours are quite similar. And because of the current rate of exchange, 1 US dollar is worth 21,000 VND. So when one exchange $20000 it will make him feel as though he is one of the wealthiest people on earth.
  10. If visitors want to explore the city view from a different angle then they should visit Bitexco Financial Tower. From the 50th floor of the tower, the visitor can admire the incredible panoramic view of the beautiful city.                                                                                             Charu MehrotraPromoting Excellence in Women!
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