THE BEST WAY TO EXPLORE SAIGON IS BY BECOMING SAIGONESE!
Updated: Dec 24, 2022
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly referred to as Saigon, is Vietnam's most dynamic and commercial city, earning the nickname " The Sleepless City". People from central and northern regions and foreigners migrate here to live and work. Saigon is a location that buzzes with excitement, where French heritage sits alongside Chinese shophouses and pagodas, high-rise office blocks, international restaurants, and traditional Vietnamese houses. Saigon makes the best place to begin your adventure in Vietnam.
Have you ever visited Saigon?
Would you like to explore a historic and authentic Saigon that you will not find in travel guidebooks?
Join the Saigon photo walking tour with Chôm Chôm Travel!
WHY IS SAIGON A MUST-VISIT IN VIETNAM?
The city's diversity is reflected in beautiful French colonial architecture, the Opera House, the post office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Independence Palace's distinctive design harmoniously combines modern and traditional Vietnamese architecture and modern skyscraper buildings like Bitexco Financial Tower and Landmark 81. Saigon has a Chinatown with various Chinese pagodas and houses.
If you love history, Saigon will allow you to discover and learn about Vietnam's past by visiting the famous War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City of Fine Arts Museum, and The History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City.
Shopping is an exciting experience in Saigon; many people consider it a shopping paradise. You can shop anywhere, from malls to markets, from local to global brands. Numerous handcrafted and well-designed clothes can be found here at affordable prices.
Food is where the heart is, and Saigon will certainly not disappoint your taste buds. Saigon is a great city to sample a wide selection of the best food in Vietnam. You can find everything from cheap street food to five-star restaurants, specialities from the south to the north, and delicious international cuisines. Coffee lovers can access high-quality coffee at an affordable price.
EXPERIENCE AN HISTORIC & UNIQUE SAIGON THROUGH A PHOTO-WALKING TOUR
Take our Saigon photo-walking tour and become Saigonese for a day. Genuinely learn how the locals live their daily lives and see places unknown to tourists. You can capture Saigon through your eyes, and an analogue camera (will be provided) for vintage-style photos. Our native and professional photographer will show you how to use the analogue camera. Experience Saigon from distinct colour angles, from vivid to antique.
By foot is the best way to discover Saigon, through hidden alleyways and local markets. Colours will be bursting for you to capture the daily life of the Saigonese. The photos you capture will be a lovely souvenir to look back in years to come.
TRYING COFFEE IN A CLAY POT
We will gather at one of the city's oldest coffee shops to start our unique tour. We will enjoy delicious coffee specially brewed in a clay pot while getting to know one another. This location will offer a unique opportunity to witness how coffee is brewed and served distinctly and historically.
DISCOVER LOCAL LIFE IN LOCAL MARKETS, HIDDEN ALLEYWAYS AND OLD APARTMENT BUILDINGS
Take beautiful photos while getting to know the locals by walking through local markets, hidden alleyways, and old apartment buildings with our photographer. People usually remember Saigon's modern buildings, shopping malls, and restaurants due to rapid development. The local markets and the old apartment buildings contain various old stories about Saigon, which are not mentioned in historical sites.
Our photographer always tries to show you a unique and in-depth view of the city. He has a profound love for Saigon and its historical architecture. They are slowly disappearing and being replaced by modern structures. Along the walk, you will have the opportunity to hear stories about the real Saigon from him and the elderly residents.
Saigon is famous for its tangled network of alleyways. These alleyways conceal many exciting things that only unfold when you walk through them. Discover small street food vendors in front yards of local houses, coffee shops, and handicraft stores.
The local people that live in these alleyways share a very close-knit community. Children play together on the street, and neighbours share food and stories. They understand respect for one another to live in a harmonious environment.
Saigon is incredibly diverse, from modern to historical buildings, fantastic quality food, and friendly Saigonese people. The openness of numerous cultures blending, but also has distinctiveness. It is a city that breathes life and energy into all that stay and visit here. Saigon is one place in Vietnam not to be missed!