Traveling Vietnam: Explore Ho Chi Minh City in One Day for 1,600 PHP

Though there are many places people want to go to in this age of travel, Vietnam is not usually on top of people’s minds. But after going around its capital Ho Chi Minh in my short time spent there, I realized there are actually so many things to do and so many places to see there.

The best way to go around Ho Chi Minh is through a motorbike, and as soon as you step out of the airport, you’ll already see hundreds of motorbikes going around. So what better way to explore the city but through a motorcycle? When in Rome, right? And so my travel buddy and I decided to get on a motorbike tour.

There are many tour companies that offer the same service, but we booked our tour through KKday. Booking with a pre-arranged tour ensures safety; we also didn’t want to miss any must-see places while we were there. We got the half-day motorbike tour which lasts four hours. The best thing about this tour is that they can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

The tour is Php 1,563 through KKday and includes transport, entrance fees, refreshments, English speaking tour guide, and a professional driver. You can also choose between two schedules: 8:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Of course, when in Vietnam, you shouldn’t pass up seeing a temple!

What I love about temples is that they show the rich culture of a place.

These spiral decors hanging from the temple ceiling are incense  people offer for their departed loved ones.

Everyone loves Vietnamese Coffee and all the streets have their own special secrets. My favorite was Cong Caphe that offers Coconut Milk Coffee! It’s to dieeee for!

You can also visit the local market to check out their local produce and maybe even try the Saigon Broken Rice.

Though Ho Chi Minh is a busy city, you can find hidden gems like coffee shops and restaurants inside the apartment buildings. The apartment buildings are usually the home to beautiful shops like this Poke Bowl Restaurant.

The most famous landmark in Ho Chi Minh City is their post office. We went there and got a brief background of its history and an overview of Vietnam as told by the artworks on the Post Office’s walls.

Ho Chi Minh City can be quite overwhelming at first but it’s easy to get used to. The city is tourist friendly and you can immerse in the local experience through their history and culture. We strongly suggest that you get into a motorbike tour on your first day there; it is a wonderful welcome to the city and a good starting point to see which places you want to go to.

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh? What do you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

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