Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam. It sits on the bank of the Saigon River, and although it is not the first name that comes to mind when planning an Asian holiday, it has become a popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions dotted throughout the city’s 24 districts.
One of the most popular hotspots is Cho Ben Thanh Market, a bustling market in District One that is brimming with goods of all kinds, from food to clothes and accessories. This market is usually one of the first things on a visitor’s list, as it is a great way to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. Whether you’re looking for a nice meal or souvenirs, this is a great place to try your hand at haggling.
A great way to spend a day is to take a boat tour along the Mekong Delta, where you can row down the river in the thick of the jungle. This is a great way to observe the wildlife of Vietnam, as well as meet friendly locals who spend their days cruising up and down this delta.
Further to this, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful history and culture of Vietnam by visiting one of many temples and pagodas. One of the most popular is the Jade Emperor Pagoda, a stunning edifice populated with wildlife. This is a truly unmissable experience.
The gay scene in Ho Chi Minh City is somewhat low key, however there are a few gay establishments dotted around the city. If you are looking for exciting gay nightlife, it is advisable to book your stay around one of the BITCH parties. Held at the Bitch Saigon Club, these monthly parties are immensely popular. Be prepared to dress up, as there is a different theme every month, ranging from Gatsby to Circus, to name a couple.
Ho Chi Minh City is certainly not the first location you would think of for a holiday, however it is a vibrant city which has proven to be something of a hidden gem.