Vietnam TravelThe Best Way to Spend 48 Hours in Saigon

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If you’re looking for an amazing city that’s constantly on the move, then Saigon is the place for you. Whether you’re looking for a food adventure, want to explore the city’s culture or just want to relax by the beach, there’s something for everyone in this amazing city. So if you only have 48 hours to spare, here’s the best way to spend them!

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  1. What is Saigon and why should you visit it
  2. How to get around the city
  3. Where to stay in Saigon
  4. What to do in Saigon
  5. Food and drink in Saigon
  6. Shopping in Saigon
  7. Tips for your trip to Saigon

What is Saigon and why should you visit it

Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam’s largest and most buzzing metropolis. The city is constantly on the move, with a thriving food scene, vibrant nightlife and plenty of cultural attractions to keep you entertained. So if you’re looking for an action-packed city break, Saigon is the perfect destination.

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How to get around the city

Saigon is a huge city, but luckily it’s easy to get around. The best way to explore is by scooter, which you can rent from most hotels and guesthouses. If you’re not confident on two wheels, then take a Grab (the Asian equivalent of Uber) or one of the many cheap taxis that ply the city streets.

Where to stay in Saigon

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Saigon has a huge range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel, then the Rex Hotel or Caravelle Hotel are both excellent choices. For something more mid-range, try the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel. Or if you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of cheap guesthouses and hostels to choose from.

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What to do in Saigon

There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Saigon, whether you’re interested in its history, culture or food scene. Top attractions include the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Or if you fancy getting out of the city, head to one of the nearby beaches or take a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

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Food and drink in Saigon

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Saigon is a foodie paradise, with an astonishing array of Vietnamese street food on offer. Make sure to try some of the local specialties, such as banh mi (a type of Vietnamese sandwich), pho (a noodle soup) and spring rolls. When it comes to drinking,Saigon has a lively bar scene, with plenty of rooftop bars and cozy cocktail lounges to choose from.

Shopping in Saigon

Saigon is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts, with a wide variety of markets and shopping malls to explore. For handicrafts and local art, head to one of the city’s many art galleries or visit the Ben Thanh Market. Or if you’re looking for designer labels and luxury goods, then head to the Diamond Plaza or Vincom Center.

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Tips for your trip to Saigon

-Make sure to try some of the city’s delicious street food

-Get a Grab car instead of taking a taxi to save money

-Visit one of the many art galleries or markets for souvenirs and gifts

-If you’re interested in the city’s history, make sure to visit the War Remnants Museum

-For a relaxing day out of the city, take a trip to one of the nearby beaches or the Mekong Delta

-To avoid the heat, plan your activities for early morning or evening when it’s cooler

If you’re looking for an action-packed city break, Saigon is the perfect destination. With a thriving food scene, vibrant nightlife and plenty of cultural attractions to keep you entertained, you won’t be bored for a minute. So if you only have 48 hours to spare, use this guide to make the most of your time in this amazing city.

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Habanero
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Habanero

I think the best thing to do when visiting Saigon is to just walk around and explore. There are so many beautiful things to see, and you’ll never run out of places to go!

caphekitty
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Saigon has a bit of everything for everyone and I think you can easily cram 48 hours filled with enjoyable things. I think making sure to snack and lunch on street food and reserve restaurants only for dinner time will save you time to do more as well. 

stevienguyen
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I personally think it depends on your interests and where you are in life. Maybe if you’re younger and single, hitting up bars and clubs might be more appealing than seeing temples (or vice versa). Or if you have kids with you, maybe museums would be more fun than nightclubs (or vice versa).

Freshcut
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I wanted to go to the War Remnants Museum last time I was there but did not have time. I was only in the city for a day and a half. Next time I am going to make sure I go!

Caphezilla
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I’ve been to Saigon for business and I wasn’t able to see the whole city. I would love to spend a weekend there, just exploring!

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