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Phang Ngu Lao Street

Phang Ngu Lao Street

Phang Ngu Lao Street is a district which is known as all backpackers' dream. Here you can find cheap accomodations, cheap and tasty foods, you can even find bars which provide you with affordable drinks and non-stop entertainments. Like many backpackers district in South-East Asia, Pham Ngu Lao are divided into two paralleled streets, Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao. There are various hotels and hotels offering affordable accomodation fees. You can also find shopping centers, vendors selling various street snacks, bars, and even major attractions in Saigon such as Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and War Remnants Museum are only few meters away and accessible only on foot. The alleyways doesn't look like grim slums at all, in fact some Vietnamese local families also live here which enable you to have some simple interactions with them.

Travelling to Saigon, Vietnam

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Emerge from ashes of Vietnam War, Saigon becomes a lively and vibrant city attracting tourists from around the world each year. You will not only falling in love by the uniqueness of Saigon's most historical buildings. Preserved colonial-esque buildings, Chinese-influenced temples and modern skycrapers all become interesting elements that will catch your attention as you explore every corner of this densest city in Vietnam. So when you are landing on Saigon, here are top tourist attractions you ought to visit.

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Saigon Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

The open markets are usually free of charge, you only need to spend money to buy the stuffs they sell. But for other attractions, ticket are usually available online and offline. Buying tickets online in advance can save much of your time since you don't need to queue again. You can purchase your tickets right now on this website.

How To Get Around?

Taxis are the most common and convenient transportation in Saigon as they're easy to find outside hotels, landmarks, and restaurants. For cheaper transportations, you can try Xe Om (Motorcycle Taxi) and Cyclo. Xe Om is basically like a taxi but the vehicle is motorcyle. There will be a driver who drives the motorcycle while you sit as a passenger, so there can only be one passenger per ride. Cyclo is a three-wheeled transportaion where up to 2 passengers get to sit at the front and an operator will cycle behind them. Most of the operators are friendly and are happy to give you information about the city. Bus is also a pretty good option for cheaper rides. They have green and white all over them so they're easy to spot. You can travel by yourself by renting a motorcycle or bicycle. But do anticipate facing bad traffic jam. Lastly, going around by foot is also very possible, but you need to be patient since crossing the street might take longer time to wait and the streets are quite crowded.

What Should I Wear?

Don't wear clothes that show too much skin such as tank tops, short skirts, or short shorts because Vietnamese are quite conservative about clothes. Since Vietnam is warm or hot most of the times, wear clothes that aren't too thick. Wear comfortable shoes like sandals or sneakers since you will walk a lot. Wear proper and covered clothes when you visit the temples or pagodas.

Saigon Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

December to April is considered to be the best time since it's the dry season. While March to May is the hottest season, there's less humidity, which makes it more bearable.

Currency

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Will I Need a Guide?

Exploring on you own is fine since you can walk around or easily find the public transportations to take you to the tourist attractions. But hiring a guide can add more local experience since guides can take you to places that aren't flocked with tourists, show you the best local food, and make you feel like you are locals. So, if you have more budget, you can try hiring a local guide for just a day or two.

How To Get There?

Catching a plane to Tan Son Nhat International Airport is the best option for international tourists. If you're going to Saigon from other Vietnam cities, you can try the train or the bus, which has a lot of route options. To enjoy a different kind of view, you can travel by boat, which departs and arrives in Saigon and Vung tau.

Additional Info

Don't be afraid to bargain when you're buying stuffs or using any services in the streets or shop if they don't show any fixed price. Leave your valuable things in the hotel. Don't put your bags where it can be easily snatched. Drink a lot of water since the weather is usually warm or hot. Don't take any pictures of military installations and anything to do with the military. Don't wander around at night to unfamilliar places.