Boundless energy permeates the air in Vietnam’s largest city. Fondly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a magnetic whirl of colour, filled with tall modern buildings on busy streets that interlace between narrow old lanes lined with small retail shops and traditional eateries. Discover Saigon’s evocative secrets and old world charm. Glimpse at the relics inside Reunification Palace or the Museum of Vietnamese History. Wander the streets to explore the city’s numerous temples including Saigon’s finest pagoda Emperor Jade (Tortoise) Pagoda. A 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city can be found at Bitexco Financial Tower.
Vietnamese arts and crafts including lacquerware, hand woven silk, folding silk lampshades, ceramics, wonderful linens, hand embroidered items, baskets, woodcarvings and other objects d’art can be found in myriad boutiques strewn throughout the city centre, and the popular Ben Than Market. Intimate art galleries selling original contemporary artworks are equally wonderful. The aromas of freshly cooked roadside hawker fare, and ubiquitous coffee shops and stylish bars catering to every taste and mood, all add to the dizzying experience. An urban mélange full of mystery and intrigue—unravel the Saigon experience.