Comparing Vietnam’s southern metropolis with the historic Hanoi and the travelling hub Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City emerges as a crown jewel of Southeast Asia region regarding tourism, writer Sam Roth suggests on a recent article on Culture Trip.
First of all, “Cheap Beer” is one of those charming invitations from the city as anyone can immerse themselves to the local atmosphere sitting on some small plastic stools on the sidewalk and enjoy the world’s cheapest beer, with a bottle of Saigon or 333 costing just around VND10,000 (US$0.5). “From back alley dives to four story canal-front joints, a dirt-cheap, ice-cold glass of beer is never far away,” Roth said.
|Saigon Special beer
The second reason should be “Complex food” as Vietnam has been well-known to the world as a food paradise with a diverse and delicious range of cuisine, Saigon’s delicacies are a factor creating that complexity. “Ditch the brick and mortar, and grab a bite at one of the city’s famed food carts for a more authentic feel. They’re open at all hours and can be found in every neighborhood.”Said the author.
Vietnamese coffee has been praised widely on international media for its taste and the way it is made with domestic brandings seems to increasingly gain popularity across the world. And it is undeniable to be a reason for a tour to Ho Chi Minh City. When it comes to Hanoi, you should try Egg Coffee, however, Ho Chi Minh city offers visitors with its simple Iced Milk Coffee.
|Du Mien Garden Coffee
|Vietnamese Iced Coffee
“The Stunning Transformation” is also a plus that make Ho Chi Minh city attrative as catching the sunset at the beach is a fantastic idea, but watching the sun goes down from skyscrapers is not a bad experience. Many high buildings have been built these days in Saigon, so you can go to the top floor of a building such as Landmark 81, Panorama,… etc to see the whole city.
|Landmark 81 from distance
Bui Vien Street is known as the ‘backpackers area’ of the metropolis, which provides a wide range of affordable restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and hotels/hostels. Bui Vien is an ideal place for non-stop parties, but with those who want to be a spectator, Bui Vien can also offer.
|Bui Vien at night
Besides, some experiences that could draw the love of foreign travelers to Ho Chi Minh City are the neighborhoods, rooftop bars, motorbikes, markets, saving money, and action of economic boom.