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    Hi bros! I shld be travelling to Ho Chi Minh wif my family for a 3D2N trip. Anyone here been there done that? What shld i lookout for? Any hotel/food/sights/shopping recommendations arnd Ho Chi Minh itself? Will appreciate if bros here can give me some heads-up on the city itself!
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    wahhhhh no help? =P
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    Just watch out for bag snatchers and the like. My friend was mugged in HCMC last year. Wouldn't be on my list of places to go with a family. Hanoi on the other hand, would be.

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    i spent 3 days 3 nights at HCMC before moving on to other parts of vietnam this june
    here is my itinerary there

    Day 1:
    Singapore-HCMC via Tiger
    Yellow House Hotel, 31 Bui Vien Street - D.1
    Kim’s café for lunch
    Reunification Palace
    Cathedral Notre-Dame
    Central Post Office
    BenThanh Market
    Pho24 for dinner

    Day 2:
    Cu Chi tunnels
    War Remnants Museum
    Cholon
    BenThanh Market (shopping and seafood)

    Day 3:
    Mekong Delta Tour
    BenThanh Market (shopping + seafood again)
    Last edited by n0eln0el; 9th November 2007 at 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastwest View Post
    Just watch out for bag snatchers and the like. My friend was mugged in HCMC last year. Wouldn't be on my list of places to go with a family. Hanoi on the other hand, would be.
    Hanoi is definitely a better place to see things and people
    on the other hand, poverty, poorly litted streets and lack of patrols doesn't make Hanoi any much safer
    hanoi locals are more hostile towards travellers too

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    wow thanks
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    Default Re: Travelling to Ho Chi Minh - any tips?

    I recommend Hanoi too. But in terms of "hostility"....they were really friendly to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah_Seng View Post
    I recommend Hanoi too. But in terms of "hostility"....they were really friendly to me...
    well, i've got mixed reviews as to Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi. Quite a lot of my friends and family say Ho Chi Minh is better for shopping etc compared to hanoi... anw just booked air ticket and hotel so =D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ah_Seng View Post
    I recommend Hanoi too. But in terms of "hostility"....they were really friendly to me...
    maybe not hostile ba
    more practical?
    when you are buying from them they are extremely frenly
    when u are not like just asking for direction
    u cna see the face change

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    HCM is pretty boring if u ask me honestly.
    very very dangerous @ night.
    modernisation & tourism is destroying all the culture. but at least old quarters is interesting. a very old & china like feeling of vietnam.

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    Just came back from HCMC.

    The people there are very warm and friendly.

    I'd love to go back there again...

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    remember take taxi..request for meter fare....if u blur blur the drivers will pwn u at the airport!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr34mc4st3r View Post
    remember take taxi..request for meter fare....if u blur blur the drivers will pwn u at the airport!!!
    haha sigh even singapore's like that now

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr34mc4st3r View Post
    remember take taxi..request for meter fare....if u blur blur the drivers will pwn u at the airport!!!
    lol my hotel offer pick up service... so is =D =D =D... not expensive also...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr34mc4st3r View Post
    remember take taxi..request for meter fare....if u blur blur the drivers will pwn u at the airport!!!
    airport taxi can confirm over the taxi counter
    anyway the meter jumps very fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhikang View Post
    lol my hotel offer pick up service... so is =D =D =D... not expensive also...
    hotel should be no problem ba

    i heard some hostel although they offer pick up service,
    it doesn't means its free
    they just ask a taxi driver to hold up your name tag at the airport
    u go up the cab and u have to pay
    faintz

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    Quote Originally Posted by n0eln0el View Post
    airport taxi can confirm over the taxi counter
    anyway the meter jumps very fast
    in comparison to taxi fare in singapore, the taxi trips taken in HCM is cheap la. last time went there some joker wan to chop us carrot head by charging USD50 to go hotel, but lucky got a local fren haha..
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