If one could measure or characterize the doggedness of the Vietnamese in one place; the Cu Chi region would be it. A suburban district of Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is famous for its tunnels which were constructed during the dark days of the Vietnamese war. These in turn, are also connected to other tunnels trаvеrѕіng thе undеrgrоund of Vіеtnаm.
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 experience a big hit with many of our more adventurous clients.
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.
Looking for a particular art performance which perfectly reveals the quintessence of Vietnam’s culture and beauty? You’re highly recommended to go to the “A O Show” - a breakthrough “Cirque de Soleil meets Vietnam” performance which takes place only several times per month in the historic Saigon Opera House. Prices start at 630,000vnd (30usd) onwards.
Vietnam is a well known hub for exported clothes where International brands such as Lascote, Gap, A/X, Levi’s all outsource certain functions of the manufacturing process. Amongst the millions of items produced, there will inevitably be a percentage of that considered to be rejects or x stock. In other cases, certain models which are not popular may be set aside and sold at a significant discount.