Exploring Ho Chi Minh City on foot is a whole new experience, apart from appreciating old colonial buildings I have taken the initiative to look at how the locals lives. Putting up in a local hotel here and using this location as a reference point, we managed to comb most of the neighbouring streets; and sometimes wandered too far and opted out a taxi to return.
I have made a collection of those that caught my eyes. Here they are.
1. The Opera House (Le Loi and Dong Gong khoi Streets, Lam son Square, District 1, HCM City.)
Our starting point for the day was the Saigon Opera House. It is located at the intersection of Le Loi and Dong Gong khoi Streets, Lam son Square, District 1, HCM City.
This place was a crowd puller on Christmas Day with a band playing for the public in front of the Opera house. We were there to catch a glimpse of how street entertainment gets a new meaning in HCM City. Note the audience.
2. Saigon Central General Post Office
We managed to walk into Saigon Central General Post Office on a Christmas Day! Yup it opens today and it was really busy. I am amazed by its interior, where one can be mistaken for a museum or a train station. with its large hall and very well organised with postal counters, exhibits of older clocks and tourists shopping booths it is surely a sight to behold!
3. Notre Dame, HCM.
Situated right in front of the post office is the Church of Notre Dame. Amazing like the real on in France. A mass was underway for Christmas when we walk in. The interior of the church is outstanding, just like its exterior.
I have joined some photos here to give you a panaromic view of the space outside the Notre Dame, HCM Citty.
Thats it for the first part of our journey on foot. Stay tuned for the second part, or better stay subscribbed! Cheers.