Officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon is the energetic teenage sibling to its wise and composed elder, Hanoi, offering a holiday that’s filled with bright lights, soaring skyscrapers, and whirlwind Vespas.
Holidays in Saigon inevitably begin with a foray into the Vietnam War, giving you the chance to sip cocktails on the very same roof-terraces where war correspondents would report on front-line action; eat “peace noodles” in the café where the Viet Cong secretly harboured weaponry, and head out to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels where guerrilla warfare was taken to an art form.
However, whilst the history makes for a fascinating holiday, there’s so much more to Saigon than this. In a city that represents everything that’s cool and youthful about Vietnam, visitors can expect laid-back café culture (frozen coffees are addictive), neon nightlife, amazing markets, and what is frequently dubbed the best street food in the world (must-tries include beef noodles, sticky rice, and Saigon baguette).
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