Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat

Part 1: Sightseeings in Ho Chi Minh City

Q1: NEW PERSPECTIVES OF HO CHI MINH?
A1: War Museum. It’s a must if you go to Vietnam…
You will travel Vietnam differently, from a different perspective. .

Q2: HOW TO GO FROM HO CHI MINH TO QUY NHON
A2: You can go there by bus at the Eastern Bus Station in Binh Thanh District, or by train from Train Station in District 3 or take a flight to Quy Nhon.

Q3: WHERE TO GO FROM HO CHI MINH CITY? WHAT TO VISIT?
A3: You can travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau, Mui Ne or you can visit the most visited island in the south – Phu Quoc Island. Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest transport hub in the south of Vietnam..

Q4: WHY SHOULD YOU GO TO HO CHI MINH?
A4: Step into the streets, and watch as thousands of motorbikes zip up and down the lanes, often hopping onto the sidewalks when impatience arises. Narrow, winding alleyways buzz with activity all throughout the morning and day, with food carts making rotations, families and locals going about their routines, and homes opening up their doors for dinner in the evenings.

For travellers who want a mix of everything – culture, cuisine, activity, and history – HCMC is the hub of it all. A broad spectrum of new and old exists here, with sights and tours that will take you back in time, to skyscraping buildings that look modern enough to resemble just another of the world’s sprawling, developed cities.

Our favourite aspect of HCMC is that contrast between new and old; take a walk down most streets and admire ancient architecture and pagodas, but cross over to the next block and gaze up in awe at the city’s impressive skyline. Stop to get your haircut at an outdoor barber shop with a small cart as the storefront, and then take a peek inside a high end, ultra modern restaurant run by Michelin inspired chefs..

Q5: WHEN TO GO TO HO CHI MINH CITY?
A5: Like most Southeast Asian cities, there’s much to gain by visiting HCMC in the dry season. From December to April, rainfall is sparse enough to allow full enjoyment of your days spent outdoors, touring the area. The temperature is hot during this time, with an average of 28 degrees Celsius, but the trade off is not having to worry about being stuck indoors all day.

To make the best of the heat, do as the locals do and carry an umbrella to block the harsh sun. Also plan to dress accordingly, with moisture wicking clothes for the humidity. Sunblock is a great idea if you’re planning to tour on foot, and a full water bottle is essential..

Q6: HOW TO GET AROUND IN HO CHI MINH?
A6: It’s not difficult to guess the common mode of transportation here, as you’ll likely be swept up in a sea of motorbikes everywhere you go. While we don’t recommend renting one yourself, you should hop on the back of one for a quick taxi ride to your next destination.

Motorbike taxis are both cheap and efficient, but do wear a helmet, as traffic can get a little wild.

You can also opt for a regular taxi for a slightly higher price, but insist on using the meter, as it’s easy to get scammed if you don’t.

Lastly, buses are available, but unless you’re staying outside of the city, motor taxis are cheap, and many areas are walkable, so you likely won’t need to rely on the bus service..

Q7: IS HO CHI MINH SAFE?
A7: While HCMC is typically a safe place, it’s wise to treat it like any other big city in the world. Be careful not to explore any parks after dark, as problems with tourists have been known to occur. Also avoid renting your own motorbike. The traffic and lack of rules make this extremely dangerous, and a proper license is needed, so tread with caution..

 

Part 2: Sightseeings in Dalat

Q1: WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT DA LAT?
A1: Da Lat has 2 distinctive seasons each year.
The dry season: November to March
The rainy season: April to October,
Temperatures are highest in May (30-32 degree C) and lowest in January (20-23 degree C)
The best time to visit Da Lat: Between December and March – You can see its famous flowe gardens in full bloom. Temperatures at this time of the year are ideal for outdoor activities..

Q2: WHERE TO TRAVEL FROM DA LAT?
A2: You can travel Nha Trang – the most visited place in southern Vietnam (It’s only 140km from Da Lat) which takes about 4 hours.