Saigon - which is called Ho Chi Minh today - is best known from the Hollywood Vietnam war movies. However, Saigon is a completely different city form what is shown in the movies. Below are a couple of things a tourist will enjoy doing in Saigon.

Spending the night in Saigon: Things to do

Saigon - which is called Ho Chi Minh today - is best known from the Hollywood Vietnam war movies. However, Saigon is a completely different city form what is shown in the movies. Below are a couple of things a tourist will enjoy doing in Saigon.

Enjoy the famous black Vietnamese city

It always sounds strange to westerners to drink coffee at night instead of beer. But in the Saigon, drinking hot coffee is a revered pastime. Coffee shops dot the landscape of the city. The coffee shops will serve you espresso or ice-cap as good as in any western bistro. However, you are better off drinking the Vietnamese coffee which is specially prepared and a little bitter. Among famous coffee shops in Saigon include Highland Coffee, Gloria Jean’s, Coffee Bean, and Angel which serve western style coffee and Yen Café and Vung Oi MO RA Cafe for Vietnamese style coffee.

Enjoy your favorite cocktail in the bars

After a hard day of sightseeing, you can relax at any of the 5-star hotels' bars and enjoy your favorite brandy. Among major international hotels you will find here include; Sheraton, New World, and Park Hyatt.

Enjoy the Vietnamese Cuisines

Saigon is renowned world over as the one place in the world where you can eat tasty food on the streets. With $2 you are assured of eating a large meal of large meal of meat, rice and vegetables. With $50, you will eat in a 5-star restaurant.

Massage

People love to talk of Thai massage - perhaps in ignorance of the Vietnamese massage. The city is keen on discarding the tag of being a haven from prostitution and all the high-end hotels offer very professional massage parlors.

Capture the city's night landscape

Buildings such as Bitexco Financial Tower, AB Tower, Saigon Trade Center, and Saigon Centec etc. allow tourists to take pictures of the city from their top flours. The Saigon night is something you do not want to miss. From the little dingy townhouses that house the city's brothels to the sky scrapers that are home to world beating financial services companies, a tourist will leave the city thoroughly impressed.

It's time you erased the picture painted by Hollywood and visited the city and see how far it has come from the war with the Americans.

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