Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as it was once known is a modern city with more to offer than many other major cities in the world. I was impressed by the clean streets and friendly people. I felt very welcome by everyone I encountered. My obvious Western appearance always led to the question of where I was from. When I told them I was from the US, they were even more welcoming. It seems as though the South Vietnamese people are still very grateful to see US visitors. It may be because many Vietnamese evacuated to the US and return to visit their relatives. Whatever the case, their hospitality is unmatched by any country in the world to me. Being a former French colony, the culinary skills are top-notch. Every meal is crafted to have great flavors and presentation is equally important. For the price, I do not think you will find better meals anywhere. I stayed at Myhome Guesthouse for $15 per night. Their location is central to everything and the family that runs it are super nice. There are tons of guest houses in the area that I’m sure would be just as good but trip advisor ranks them as #25 of 568. My trip wasn’t planned to include hotel reservations but I am very happy to have stumbled across Myhome.
The bus ride from Saigon to Mui Ne and back was very nice. Everything was very clean and professional.
Ho Chi Minh City has a bustling night life. Restaurants and bars line the sidewalk with chairs to give the feeling of a giant block party. With as many people, I would have thought they were setting up for a parade or other special event but this was apparently just a normal weekend evening.
Skilled craftsmen are everywhere. Above is a tailor who transformed a skirt in one hour. Pictured below is a man who noticed my flip flop was coming apart and offered to repair them on the spot. Within a few minutes, they were glued and cleaned good as new.
I have many fond memories of Ho Chi Minh City and hope to have the opportunity to return soon.