Our last stop on Asia adventure was in Vietnam. Make sure to check out our other stops on this trip which included Singapore, Cambodia day 1, Cambodia day 2, and the amazing Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.
We spent 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. We actually ended up liking Vietnam the best out of the three countries we visited. We arrived early on our first day to maximize our time in the city. We were a little nervous about taking the taxi to the hotel, as one of the books I read had warned about shady drivers who would threaten tourists and demand more money. Luckily though we had no problems on our whole trip.
Our hotel was a cute, little and crammed in between restaurants and stores, as everything there seemed to be. We chose it because our cousins had stayed there on a previous trip and recommended it. It was cheap, by our American standards, at about $35/night. It was perfect, right next to the Market, and so central we could walk to everything we wanted to see in the city from there.
The first thing we did was set out to explore the city. We walked past the Palace, the Post Office, and we saw the Notre Dame which is a church that looks like the Notre Dame in Paris. A lot of stuff was closed still for their New Year celebrations. Apparently people take up to a week or more off for New Year’s (wouldn’t that be nice!). There were decorations on every street. It was quite pretty.
We found this nice outdoor BBQ place for lunch. It was one where every table had a grill and you cooked your own food to your liking. It was pretty good and our whole meal which included an appetizer, two meals, and two beers was $17! You can’t beat that!
I read lots of reviews on things to see and do before our trip and one of the top things on every list I found was the water puppet show. I had no idea what it meant by water puppets. The description and reviews didn’t explain the show. We found out it’s exactly as it sounds, it’s a puppet show but instead of the puppeteers directing the puppets from above by strings. The puppets are actually on a stage of water and they control them from below the water. The entire show was in Vietnamese and there were no subtitles but it was great and we really enjoyed it.
After we found the location of the water puppet show, we still had an hour to look around. We stumbled upon a park that was having a New Year’s festival. It was only $1 to get in and we figured it was worth it. It was a family festival and they had lots of rides and games for the kids, there was art work, lots of bonsai trees for sale, food and entertainment. There were tons of art carved out of trees and fruit. We had a blast exploring the festival.
We will definitely be back though, someday!!