Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City
- Siem Reap to Saigon, you’ll ride 2 buses. First stop at Phnom Penh, then change bus going to Saigon
- Saigon is VERY CHEAP! Bus fares only cost 6000 VND/ 0.25$ All buses stop/start in Bến Thành Market
- Only bus 109 going to/from the Airport cost 20,000 VND/ 0.90$, luxurious feel and still cheap!
- You can find good food for $1-2
- Cheapest beer we found was $0.50
- If you have nothing to do, just go at the park, locals will talk to you because they want to learn and converse in English
I was really excited in going to Saigon because I’m a fan of their streets filled with gazillions of crazy motorcycles. I stayed with King whom I met from Couchsurfing. He has a small school for teaching his fellow Vietnamese the English language. And he was hosting a lot of people too which made it way more fun. There I met a fun and ecstatic Czech couple Petra and Honza( they were the best couple I’ve met by far – not because they said I looked like Bruno Mars *haha* but they are just so fun to be with, so spontaneous people ) and a very strong and outgoing London girl Dominika, they were my buddies for a few days. I loved staying at King’s place because he lets his guests help in teaching English and I just love teaching!
The 4 of us toured the Cu Chi tunnels and we don’t know why a lot of people seem to give over the top reviews but for us it was just an okay place. Let’s just say our expectations were not met by reality. What we hated so much is that their gun firing range was just beside the canteen and for the people having snacks, it was disturbingly crazy loud! Good for the shooters they have like headphones but what about the ones just taking snacks? Most of the people there thought the canteen would be a place to chill and relax after walking around the hot environment but that firing range made it worse. Anyways, we thought the War museum was more informative and way better if you wanna learn about the city’s history.
I was also in touch with this silly vietnamese girl – Ha. She drove me around the busy streets of Saigon on her scooter and god that was the best exciting ride I had by far. That’s why I added it to my bucket list – to drive a motorbike in Saigon. The streets were just so crazy exciting, like we were in the middle of the lane and we were surrounded by hundreds of motorbikes! It was like 8 lanes for the bikes and only 1 lane for 4-wheeled vehicles haha. And I loved the thrill in crossing the streets! So fun and challenging haha. Ha also brought me to where most locals hangout at night – Turtle park. It was a nice place to chill, relax, and eat some legit vietnamese streetfood.
It was also in Saigon where I met this lovely couple from Italy who quit their job and just decided to travel the world #relationshipgoals. They cooked legit Italian pasta for us at King’s home and what can i say? Delisyoso! See you guys in the Philippines 🙂
I really love to meet and share experiences with other people and this first-mini-solo SEA trip(Phuket-Siem Reap-Saigon) is by far the best travelling experience I have ever had.