Solo Backpacking Saigon (HCMC)

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Solo Backpacking Saigon (HCMC)

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 BαΊΏn ThΓ nh 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 πŸ™‚

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.

Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City
Solo Backpacking Saigon Ho Chi Minh City


  1. ROBERT LEE June 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Seems to me that the travel to Saigon and vicinities, already unique and quite an experience in itself, was made more fun by coachsurfing (free accommodation) and meeting great people to share the joy of discovery with. Good for you and glad you had fun!

    • penyaaah June 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Yes! it really made traveling way more fun and cheaper too πŸ™‚

  2. Sriparna June 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Being a solo traveller myself, I’m completely on board with your experience of every minute πŸ™‚
    Amazingly written!

    • penyaaah June 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Awwwe thanks Sri! Cheers! To more travels!

  3. Carmela Francel June 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to travel by myself! How I wish I could have the courage to travel solo. πŸ™‚

    • penyaaah June 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      It’s really a different positive experience that everyone needs to experience before they die :))

  4. berlin June 15, 2016 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Would love to visit Saigon as well. Would want to sample authentic Vietnamese noddles and fresh rolls. And yes, would want to try those famous rides as well.

    • penyaaah June 15, 2016 at 4:23 am - Reply

      I’m pretty sure you would love it there, safe travels!

  5. Neri Ann June 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    It looks like you had an awesome adventure. Never been to that place and good thing about discovering new places is you met someone new and learn to adapts to their environment.

    • penyaaah June 18, 2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

      You will really learn a lot when you travel πŸ˜‰

  6. bluedreamer27 June 17, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

    wow, that was an overwhelmingly crowded street! Is that a scenario on a daily basis in Saigon? Wow
    it seems like couchsurfing is really a thing now.. i have heard this a lot of times from different travel bloggers I know and I’m startin to find it so intriguing..
    Anyway, thanks for sharing us your solo backpacking adventure in Saigon.. gosh I admire your courage for traveling solo.. I wish I can do the same

    • penyaaah June 18, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

      it is a daily errand there haha everyone can travel solo, we’re all humans πŸ˜‰ if you want some advice just ask

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