Reasons galore to see Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
It’s the national airline, so Vietnam Airlines serves up a very different Asian stopover on the way to Europe (it has direct flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt). From Sydney or Melbourne, you’ll fly direct to Ho Chi Minh City, with its combo of local personality and French influences. Colour us crazy, but we’d stop here just for the opportunity to gorge on excellent food. And as much as we love pho and banh mi, this is the chance to head to food streets and night markets for less well-known dishes. (Plus, you can have pho for brekky with iced Vietnamese coffee, so you won’t miss out.)
Try banh xeo (crispy rice pancakes with seafood), bun mam (noodle soup with fermented fish broth, seafood and pork belly) or anything else that looks tempting. Stretch your legs before getting back on the plane checking out the War Remnants Museum, Saigon Opera House and the Reunification Palace. The Cu Chi Tunnels are just 90 minutes away, so you can even organise a day tour. Last but hardly least, kick back and have one of the city’s famous massages.
- Jet lag got you sleepless? Check out Bui Vien Street, the HCMC version of Khaosan Road but better
- Spend some time in one of the markets, chomping down on street food classics and simply checking out the scene
- Everything here is fairly inexpensive, so you won’t have to spend much of your European holiday cash
- The traffic is unbelievable, and you might wonder if you can cross the street and arrive alive on the other side