Everyday Life in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon/HoChiMinh City

Everyday Life in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon/HoChiMinh City
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Ho Chi Minh is the largest city in all of Vietnam. The city is bustling with activity from morning to night. Motorbikes, somewhat of a symbol of Ho Chi Minh, fill the streets everyday as locals hurry off to work or school. Shops are crowded with women buying local goods for the home and family. This next tour will give you a taste of daily living in the wonderful Ho Chi Minh City.

Everyday Life in Ho Chi Minh City - Route Map

Guide Name: Everyday Life in Ho Chi Minh City
Guide Location: Vietnam » Saigon/HoChiMinh City
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: vickyc
Dong Khoi Street

1) Dong Khoi Street

The Dong Khoi Street is one of the busiest roads in Ho Chi Minh City. It was immortalized in the novel, The Quiet American, by the British author, Graham Greene, which later became a popular Hollywood movie.

The Dong Khoi Street extends between the Nguen Du Street and Ton Duc Thang Street. It was called the Rue Catinat, under the French Rule, and is flanked by many elegant French colonial style buildings. The name was changed to Freedom Street or Tu Do Street during the short lived rule of...   view more
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Thu Thiem Ferry

2) Thu Thiem Ferry

As Ho Chi Minh is a waterfront city, locals and visitors use the ferry to cross from one side to the other several times a day. You will notice just how busy this area is and how much traffic builds up in the afternoon hours. Thu Thiem Ferry is a great place to meet people as they commute from one place to another, all part of their daily...   view more
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Dan Sinh Market

3) Dan Sinh Market

The Dan Sinh Market in Ho Chi Minh City was once entirely dedicated to selling war relics and army related objects, from uniforms and objects carried by soldiers in their backpacks to shell casings and defused land mines. However, today it is mostly a hardware and souvenirs market, most of the things sold are modern-day reproductions, notably the Zippo lighters, don't even expect to find an authentic one. You can still find an authentic item or two, but you would have to dig very deep and...   view more
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Huyen Sy Church

4) Huyen Sy Church

The Huyen Sy Church is an active parish church with a vibrant congregation in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built using funds donated by Huyen Sy a scion of the wealthy Phat Dat family and the grandfather in law of the last king of Vietnam, Bao Dai.

The Huen Sy Church was built in 1902. It was designed by the catholic priest and architect, Father Boutier. It was consecrated as the Dui Market Church and later called the Philippe Church. It is popularly known from its foundation till today as the...   view more
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Xa Loi Pagoda

5) Xa Loi Pagoda

The Xa Loi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City. The headquarters of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association was located here until 1983 and it later served as its second main office until 1993.

The Xa loi Pagoda was designed by architects Tran Van Duong and Do Bá Vinh to enshrine the relics of Gautama Buddha. Construction began in the year 1954 and it was consecrated in 1958. It became the scene of raids and vandalism by armed forces loyal to the Roman Catholic president of South...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Lerdsuwa
Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai High school

6) Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai High school

Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai High school is also known among the locals as Gia Long, an all-girls school. It is a typical Vietnamese high school and is listed among the oldest education facilities. It was opened in Ho Chi Minh in...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Nguyễn Tấn Phát

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