Ho Chi Minh City is definitely one of the most chaotic places I've been but I will admit it wasn't as insane as I was expecting. It's true when people say crossing the road is a terrifying experience but once you've done it a couple of times you get used to the notion of simply walking into the traffic! It's noisy and there are a lot of people but what else would you expect from a city in Asia.
Fortunately we were staying in a good location to get to some of the key sights so we were able to fit in a few different stops in one day. We visited the War Remnants Museum which was both shocking and eye opening. As it is not part of England's history it's not something I really knew much about so the museum was a brilliant opportunity to learn about the war itself and the aftermath that still affects people today. We were also able to make a quick visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral but as there was a mass in progress we weren't able to see much of it inside.
As we were staying close the Ben Thanh market we made a couple of trips as it is there all day and there is also a night market in the street after 7pm. We enjoyed a bit of shopping and practising our haggling but most of the stalls are selling the same thing and it gets little frustrating being hassled every two seconds. On one of the last days we spent there we paid a visit to the Bitexco Financial Tower to see the Sky Deck which was a great experience. We were able to see Ho Chi Minh from above in all directions and I'm so glad we took the time to do it. It wasn't too expensive and we got some great photos so I'd recommend it to anyone visiting.
There was a lot we weren't able to fit in like a boat tour of the Mekong Delta and the Chi Tunnels, although in all honesty the tunnels sound like my worst nightmare so I may not have gone anyway! Although it was a flying visit I enjoyed Ho Chi Minh and as a lot of people we spoke to had travelled from North to South it was a great place to start our trip and get recommendations for the rest of Vietnam, as we're heading in the opposite direction.
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