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Zooming around Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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We arrived in Saigon on May 8 and it was HOT! The city is completely frenetic and we were pretty overwhelmed stepping off the plane after a 20 hour flight. Nevertheless, we forewent the transfer service offered by our hotel and hopped on the bus to District 1. With the help of some friendly folks on the bus, we got off at the right stop and started our three days in Saigon. During our time in the city we sweated through about three outfits a day, were drinking ice cold beer every day by 11 am (no choice, in that heat!), rode motorbikes, and ate all kinds of amazing food.
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Bars and nightlife

Acoustic Bar
Amazing. Haven't heard such a heartful rendition of My Heart Will Go On in decades.

Culture and experiences

War Remnants Museum
Sad and depressing museum but worth a visit, especially for Americans
The Independence Palace
Eerie, time-capsule feeling in this building


Beautiful Saigon 3 hotel
Clean, comfortable room; friendly and helpful front desk staff!

Special activities

Café Zoom
We did two motorbike tours out of Vietnam Vespa and they were AMAZING! Both start with pickup at your hotel on vintage vespas, which dropped us at Cafe Zoom, the headquarters of Vietnam Vespa Adventures. We had a beer on the house and then took off on the Saigon After Dark tour on our first day adn the Glimpse of the Mekong tour two days later. It was fabulous!

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