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Living in Ho Chi Minh City14.11.2019

An Insider’s view Quyen Booth-Jones Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon, is a hot, noisy, dynamic city that rarely sleeps, with a complex history and plenty of culture to soak up. It’s located in the South of Vietnam. With around 30% of the population under 25, Vietnam is a young country and Saigon […]

An Insider’s view

Quyen Booth-Jones

Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon, is a hot, noisy, dynamic city that rarely sleeps, with a complex history and plenty of culture to soak up. It’s located in the South of Vietnam. With around 30% of the population under 25, Vietnam is a young country and Saigon is a land of entrepreneurs, opportunity, optimism and experimentation. It’s a developing country with a high demand for English language teachers.

 When I am not working, I always love hanging out in local parks. They’re a great place to absorb the culture, get some exercise, and enjoy a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. In Ho Chi Minh City, an excellent choice is September 23rd Park. This place is always full of locals in the afternoon, who come here to play badminton, do a bit of group aerobics, or just relax and chat. Don’t be surprised if some curious local kids approach you to practice their English. It’s easy to make new friends at the local parks here! 

Whenever you’re looking for things to do in Saigon, you can always go check out a temple or pagoda. That’s because there are so many of them here in Vietnam’s largest city! You’ll find many of the best temples and pagodas in the city’s Chinatown, including Quan Am Pagoda and Hau Thien temple. 

It seems as if every one of Ho Chi Minh City’s 8 million people has a motorbike. Seeing as the motorbike is so ubiquitous here, it’s only fitting that taking a bike tour makes our list of the top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City! There are plenty of places to rent a motorbike here if you’re an experienced rider, so you can just make up your own tour if you prefer.

If you enjoy a night out at the theater when you travel, be sure to include a trip to the Saigon Opera House. This beautiful French colonial theater has been here since the turn of the 20th century and has had quite an interesting history. 

Whether you call it Ho Chi Minh or Saigon, there’s no denying this city has some pretty incredible street food. From a piping hot bowl of pho to a fresh banh mi sandwich, there’s something tasty being cooked up around every corner here. If you enjoy throwing back cheap draft beer while munching on street food, then you’ll feel right at home on Bui Vien Street. It’s also known as the “Backpacker Street” thanks to the countless hostels that are located in the area.

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