Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have a direct flight to Ho Chi Minh, PAL has only one flight so my husband has no choice but to take the early flight last week. He was in HCMC as early as 10AM and I told him to take advantage his free time because there are so many tourist spots near his hotel.
He can visit Fine Arts Museum, Revolutionary Museum, War Remnant’s Museum and Vietnam History Museum. For pagodas and temples, 7-storey Quoc Tu Pagoda, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Mariamman Hindu Temple and Giac Lam Pagoda is also within the area. If we’re just there, we will visit Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
But knowing my husband, he chose to stay in his hotel. He stayed in Le Meridien hotel last week. The hotel has a good location and he can see the Saigon River from his room.
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Aside from the tourist spots, Vietnam is also popular with its transportation. My husband witnessed the motorbike riders, ang dami talaga nila and maski sa sidewalk, dumadaaan. Most of the people ride motorbike on their way to school, office and even tourist can rent a bike to tour the city.
He also ate at Ran Bien Seafood Restaurant, it is a popular restaurant in Ho Chi Minh where you can choose live seafood and tell the chef how you want it to be cooked. I remembered our Seri Selara experience in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia when I saw these photos. It is also walking distance from the hotel.
It was his first time to eat a black chicken, taste is just okay.
On his way to the airport, he saw the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, a famous church in HCMC which is established by French colonist in 1880.