Right now I’m back in Tokyo after a week in Saigon. I didn’t visit one tourist attraction while I was there, instead choosing to spend my time as I usually do, wandering the backstreets and eating local food. I quickly found out that the most interesting daily life happens deep in the concentrated network of alleyways that exist away from the main tourist centre. By zooming in on Google Maps, you can clearly see areas in Ho Chi Minh where many small streets and lanes are squashed together in close proximity...
Vietnam is an amazing country, from top to bottom and from side to side. It’s endlessly diverse landscapes, food and culture keep even the most distracted of minds occupied. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that there is perhaps too much to see in one trip. We’re going to share the best two-week itinerary for Vietnam to get you started on planning your trip.
Saigon's pulsating nightlife didn't appeal to us. What we did find appealing, was the city's vibrant street food culture that exceeded every other destination we had visited in Vietnam. Despite spending little more than two full days in Ho Chi Minh City, we left with some of the most memorable dining experiences from our trip.
In general, the sites show off either the dramatic landscapes of the country or the evolution of the cultural history during the days of local empires. There is certainly nothing that relates to the turbulent times in the 20th century when communism and war defined Vietnam. (Perhaps those will come later when enough time has passed. Keep in mind, it’s the national authorities who nominate sites and that period is not something they are trying to remember at the moment).