Dy­namic HCMC a top spot for tourists

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HCM City, for­merly known as Saøi Goøn, has emerged from its dark­est days to be­come one of Asia's most ex­cit­ing cities.

The in­ter­na­tional travel guide pub­lisher Lonely Planet named Vieät Nam's south­ern me­trop­o­lis one of the top 10 places to visit in Asia in 2018.

If you're a first-time vis­i­tor and don't have a week­long hol­i­day in HCM City, it's cru­cial to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the city's in­trigu­ing his­toric land­marks, vi­brant mar­kets, lo­cal food and di­verse nightlife of­fer­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties to make the most of two or three days in the city.

Madeleine Pin­der from Canada vis­ited Vieät Nam on a one-week hol­i­day with her hus­band and three chil­dren, start­ing De­cem­ber 14 with the first three days in HCM City.

"I tried to ex­plore the city with dif­fer­ent kinds of trans­port to have more ex­pe­ri­ences, so we did dif­fer­ent kinds of tours to fully ex­plore the city," Pin­der said.

On the first day, the fam­ily signed up for a Vespa tour, tried lo­cal food and ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal life and street life at night.

"I dis­cov­ered the city on the back of a mo­tor­bike in the bustling traf­fic. It was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence as I have never done it be­fore in my coun­try," she said.

On the sec­ond day, her fam­ily chose a half day tour to Cuû Chi guer­rilla war­fare tun­nels by speed­boat in the morn­ing and a city tour by bus in the evening.

Her fam­ily also took a trip by bus to the Mekong Delta from HCM City the next day and re­turned in the evening be­fore head­ing to Hoäi An.

Nguyeãn Ngoïc Haäu, a tour guide at Viet­nam Ad­ven­ture Tours, said most tourists spend two to three days in the city.

Tourists from long-haul mar­kets such as Europe, the US, Aus­tralia, and Ja­pan of­ten visit HCM City for two or three days and use it as a tran­sit to ex­plore other pop­u­lar tourist sites in Mekong Delta, Ñaø Naüng, Hoäi An, Hueá, Haø Noäi and Haï Long Bay for their one-week or 10day hol­i­day, Haäu said.

Tourists from ASEAN coun­tries such as Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Malaysia and In­done­sia usu­ally travel to Vieät Nam for three or four days, with their first two days in HCM City for sight­see­ing and shop­ping be­fore head­ing off to the Mekong Delta or the south­ern coastal city of Vuõng Taøu.

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