A lot to see in Ho Chi Minh City
*, former (and still) called Saigon: walking along the Dong Khoi, a famous boulevard during the French occupation, visiting serveral pagodas like the old Emperor Jade Pagoda, exploring the chinese quater Cho Lon
* with its mystic temples, ambling around exotic markets and getting an impression of Pham Ngu Lao, the backpacker quarter, by night.
* Links to wikipedia.org
Visiting Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts: the city along the Dong Koi becomes a western face since major labels are opening establishments and shops, old infrastructure gets replaced by modern tower buildings, whereas e.g. the chinese quarter Cho Lon reflects Asian lifestyle in a clear way. Also interesting to see pure commerce side by side with symbols of socialism.
Our hotel was located in the Pham Ngu Lao quarter of Saigon. It is the most tourism adapted area in Saigon, but it offers cheap accommodation, good and reasonable priced restaurants and the infrastructure you need for the next steps of your journey. It is also nice for meeting other travelers. Unfortunately the development of sex tourism is already noticeable but still not dominating this area.
Some of the most impressive temples we visited during our journey are located in Ho-Chi-Minh-City. To reach some of them hireing a taxi was necessary. The Quan Am Pagoda in the Chinese quarter was the temple that impressed us most because of the quality of practiced and lived religion.