Travelling is beautiful yet brutal, forcing you to trust strangers and lose sight of the familiar comfort of your home. As William Least Heat-Moon once said, when you're travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. If you’re looking for a new destination to add to your bucket list, then Ho Chi Minh city, a lovely city in Southeast Asia, is inviting you to explore. In this article, we’ll be recommending to you 10 places in and around...
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Chinatown in District 5 is home to most Chinese Vietnamese living in Saigon. These Chinese are very proud of their heritage and have even set up schools and markets to preserve their culture. This uniqueness is best demonstrated along Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Trai street in which red lanterns are hung in front of literally every house as an indication that a Chinese family resides within these 4 walls.
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At Colours of Vietnam, we pride ourselves on handpicking a selection of experiences which tourists have very little access to. (Otherwise, why would anyone need a tour guide). On that note, there is a whole lot more to Mekong Delta than just dancing performances and horse cart rides. Below are 5 of our favourites, which have made our Mekong Delta tour packages a big hit with many of our more adventurous clients.
With its dazzling skyscrapers set against the more traditional backdrop of Vietnamese pagodas, temples and colonial architecture, you and your family will get a taste of both modern and ancient when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Also known as Saigon, the rich culture, aromatic foods and hustle and bustle of the city will make this a memorable stop you and the kids won’t soon forget.
Officially opened in 1859, and renovated after a major fire in 1870, the Ben Thanh market or Cho (pronounced as ‘Jer’) Ben Thanh as it is known locally, has evolved to become somewhat of an icon in Saigon. This area was originally a swamp called Marais Boresse which was filled in by the French. The front side or the South was called Place Cuniac while the North, East and West were Rue d'Espagne, rue Viénot and rue Schroeder respectively.
“Banh xeo” is considered one of the most popular street snacks in Southern Vietnam. It is a pancake made from rice flour, water and turmeric powder or coconut milk topped with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts. The cake is then wrapped in a variety of leaves (such as mustard leaves, lettuce leaves, mint leaves, basil, fish leaves) and herbs, and dipped into a special Vietnamese fish sauce called “nuoc mam”.
Pho (pronounced as ‘fer’) is a popular Vietnamese beef and noodles soup, cooked with basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. Pho as we know it today, have evolved into the various types and styles, each representing a certain culture or period in time. You can enjoy Pho both at a normal street corner or in a gorgeous restaurant. It has become so synonymous with Vietnam that if you do not try the Pho here, you have not been to Vietnam.