Most normal human beings will be sitting down to a Turkey Dinner next Thursday. I’ll instead be on a plane with Won’t Run (aka the Traveling Music Man) flying to Vietnam! That’s alright with me – I’m very excited.
I’ll be heading over to the NYC office of the Vietnamese Consulate this morning to pick up my passport, which should now have a single-entry visa in it. $80 just to put one toe in the country. The process was fairly easy – read this post by James Dozer about Vietnam Visas. Although Vietnam recently re-instituted the Visa on Arrival, it still seems too uncertain to rely on it, so I opted to apply for the more traditional (and more expensive) single-entry Visa directly from the Consulate. It helps that there’s an office in New York City, so I didn’t have to go through the trauma of putting my passport in the mail. The only downside to using the NYC Consular office is that the fee must be paid in cash. I believe that the DC office accepts credit cards.
Anyway, I’m psyched!
I’m looking forward to staying at the Saigon Park Hyatt. I’m sure that it is exquisite!
Other than the hotel, not much is planned. I assume we’ll go for a few tours – perhaps the Mekong Delta and the Ci Chu Tunnels. And I can’t wait to eat all that delicious food – maybe we’ll even go on a street food tour.
So, I’m asking you for any and all suggestions you might have for how to spend four days in Ho Chi Minh City. Reasonably priced sightseeing, restaurants, tours, travel, money, shopping – you name it. If you used any specific tour companies, or tour guides, I’d appreciate that information too. If you loved or hated any restaurants, I’d like to know. Are certain sights must-sees, or are they too commercial or not worth the bother? Any practical tips on what we should bring or buy, or even what we should be wary of? Are there any pretty places, such as parks, to run or just stroll?
I am looking forward to reading your suggestions. If you wrote a travel blog post, feel free to include it in your comments.
Thank you so much!