Asia | South East Asia | Vietnam | Mekong Delta | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The City
Ho Chi Minh City is probably better known by its old name Saigon which comes from the days of French Colonial rule. Its now named after the Vietnamese communist hero – Ho Chi Minh. This man singlehandedly kicked the French, Japanese and Americans out of the Country and is the Godfather of Communism in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City is right down the very South of Vietnam beside the Mekong Delta. The weather is swelteringly hot down there all the time. We arrived at the very start of rainy season where you get monsoon downpours every afternoon. Everyone goes around on motorbikes in Vietnam. There are no rules of the road, there are no traffic lights and strangely enough there are no traffic jams – it all seems to work out well enough.
Vietnamese people are extremely friendly in general as well. They’re always trying to sell you something because you’re a rich foriegner, but if you do buy something off them and then start talking to them they’re great.
We spent the Friday wandering around Ho Chi Minh after landing. Ollie had e-mailed a hostel and booked us in for one night so after checking in there and dumping all our gear we headed off to see the sights.
You can see most of Ho Chi Minh by foot but the cyclo boys won’t give up until you’ve taken a lift with them. Cyclos are probably slower then walking and half the time the driver won’t have a clue where you’re going – he’ll just cycle vaguely around until he gets tired and then dump you at his brothers restaraunt and insist that thats where you wanted to go. Still though – the cyclos are good fun and the drivers are always friendly.