Can’t say that I liked Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon. I found the city to be aesthetically unappealing, and there were way too many people riding motor scooters. The noise and the hellish heat were overwhelming at times. Also, some of the streets were quite dirty. It was the only Southeast Asian city in which I saw an adult woman squat and piss on the sidewalk. Despite the unappealing environment, there were some worthwhile things to do and see there.
I gave myself five days in Saigon, which was about three days too many. I would have rather spent those extra days in the country or along the coast in a more rural area. The worst part about Saigon was that I fell ill there and ended up in a hospital for one night. I’ll recount that ordeal in another post. You haven’t really lived until you’ve spent a night in Cho Ray Hospital, the largest public hospital in Saigon and one of the largest hospitals in all of Southeast Asia.
So where did I go in Saigon other than the hospital? Here’s a rundown:
-Jade Emperor Pagoda
-Chua Chantarangsay Temple
-The water puppet theater to see a water puppet show
-The War Remnants Museum
-Tao Dan Park
-The Soul of Vietnam cultural show at the Saigon Opera House