29th of July, 2017
It’s my first travel overseas. I went to Vietnam for 10 days, 5 days in Ho Chi Minh and 5more days in Da nang. lets start with Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) was a famous city for tourist. Many people all over the world would visit HCMC definitely. There were many nice attractions in the downtown, especially in District 1, famous backpacker street surrounded by coffe shop, night club, bars , and beautiful garden (23 park). There were 3 attractions near by, such as Notre Dame saigon, Saigon central Post-office and Imperial Palace.
Actually there were some famous places like Tan Dinh (Pink Church, far away from district 1) and Ben Than Market (scam always happened here, the price up to 150% more expensive). i would tell you little bit about my experience here.
Once i bought souvenir (key chain) in Ben Than Market, 30 pieces of it, they costed me 500.000 vnd (vietnamese currency), i tried to bargain and she gave me 400.000, then i kept silent, thinking for 5minutes, at the same time another buyer bought the same souvenir, they tried to bargain, then the seller whispered the price to them. i listened to them secretly. they got it. when they were gonna leave , i asked them with hidden gesture to say HOW MUCH? one of them said “2hundred twenty”, pretending to see another seller and 2 minutes later i asked the price again, its still 400.000. i said, “well 210.000 i will take it” the seller asked ” how can you change the price easily, tell me the reason?” me ” it must be half price!, if its okay, i will take it, or no at all” then finally she said ” okay” hahha I Got YOu !!! 210.000 for 30 vietnamese key chains , in my opinion, it should be only 180.000 vnd.
I would tell you another story about a pack of Coffee, Trung Nguyen Coffee in Ben Than Market. they would cost you 100g = 100.000vnd, 500g = 500.000vnd, So fucking expensive! My chinese friends bought the coffee, and they got 250g = 250.000vnd. i was still wondering about the reall price, so i decided to buy it later. then i went to minimart or vinamart,or 7eleven, just to make sure the price. i found a grocery store, and bought coffee there, 500g = 60.000 vnd , Whattt!!! so damn cheap! LoL
can you see the real price, cant you?
500g = 500.000vnd (fake) not real price, not recommended to buy coffee in Ben than Market, supermarket will be better than Ben than market i guess.
500g=60.000vnd ONLY, i suggest you to buy it in the grocery store or local store.
well, lets talk about the attractions.
I went to Norte Dame Saigon, Saigon Post-Office, HoChiMinh Hall, Imperial palace, 23park near district 1, Pink Church far away from district 1. i told you that the post-office and Norte Dame were “(STARTING POINT)” the key of your direction, It would take you to another attractions near by. 5minute to imperial palace , 10 minutes to HoChiMinh hall, 15 minutes to BenThan market, 20 minutes to district 1 and 23park BY FOOT!!! those all were near to each other. except pink church and pagoda, 50minutes by foot.
The most interesting thing was, indonesian would became a “tourist” suddenly, many people would stare at you, they also tried to speak english with you. it made me speechless, Now i knew what foreigner (tourist) felt when they came to Indonesia. its just exactly like what i experienced in vietnam. I Was A Tourist , they called me a foreigner Lol
The best thing i found there was many young people, especially university students were very enthusiastic to learn english, even you could find many english club/class at night held in many coffee shops. it made me so surprised and opened my eyes widely, suddenly i felt ashamed of myself. i was really proud of youg people there.
In my opinion, Ho Chi Minh for 5days i thought its enough to visit all the attractions there. its time to move to Da nang, the next great city in vietnam. to be continued… 😛