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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Skyline, Vietnam at Night

Describing Ho Chi Minh City is easy - hectic, fast-paced and crazy. The beeping is enough to bring on a heart attack and kill you with anxiety. It's not a case of getting used to it - there's a real risk that you'll be mowed down or run over by the scooters. The drivers go as fast as they like without paying the littlest bit of attention or obeying the rules of the road.

Of course, Harmony and I had a good idea of what to expect from Ho Chi Minh - it's the biggest city in Vietnam! We were excited to spend Halloween there like a lot of other people we had spoken to. However, when we arrived, all we thought about was when we were going to leave (sooner rather than later), and that didn't change anytime soon.

We spent the first day repenting for our alcoholic antics from the night before. It wasn't Halloween for another couple of days, but it was Saturday so that's when we celebrated. The hostel's pub-crawl took us to a few different bars and we had lots of fun and a lot of good conversations! Our second day in Ho Chi Minh City was spent waiting to check into a different, quieter hostel. Sure, it wasn't exactly a thrilling day, but it was our chance to research what to do in the city, put together a plan and catch up on my blog posts. By the third day, we were going to do something exciting - explore the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Thai Binh Market, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

The tunnels are located about an hour and a half away from the city center, on the northern outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. They sit beneath one of the most famous battlefields in the world and allowed the Viet Congs (North Vietnamese Soldiers) to fight, hide and communicate throughout the Vietnam War. They run for roughly 200,000 meters across three different levels, each level with it's own purpose. It's hard to comprehend how extensive and impressive the system is!