The Ultimate Guide to Saigon’s Many Markets

Besides magnificent architectural works like Notre Dame Cathedral and The Reunification Palace, Saigon is also well known for various fascinating markets – Ben Thanh Market being the most popular. Saigon’s markets have their own unique appeals, but they all share one thing in common: they are crowded and bustling at all times, a true reflection […]

Saigon’s Best Art Destinations

Architectural Sights Hugely influenced by French-style architecture, the old buildings in Saigon can easily cast an enchanting spell on their visitors at first sight. Therefore, remember the names below carefully so you won’t miss these masterpieces! The Independence Palace (Vietnamese: Dinh Doc Lap) Photo: Flickr @alphis tay Built on July 1st, 1962 and designed by […]

5 Must-See Places in Saigon Most Travelers Miss

Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, is easily overlooked by travelers looking to experience surreal landscapes such as the numerous limestone monoliths of Halong Bay, the cascading rice terraces in Sapa or the immense green tea hills of Dalat. What most don’t immediately realize is that Saigon has a personality unlike any other […]

The Arrivals Guide to Ho Chi Minh (Tan Son Nhat) Airport

Airports: the one destination that simultaneously inspires both joy and dread. If you’re feeling intimidated by your first trip to Vietnam, let Team Christina’s put your anxieties to rest with this handy-dandy survival guide for the Tan Son Nhat/Ho Chi Minh airport. First up: the international terminal. Stay tuned for the domestic edition. Fast Facts […]

The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, or formerly known as Saigon by the locals, is the largest city in Vietnam, and the first port of call for many visitors to the country. If you’re a shopping freak, you’re in for a treat. Shopping in Saigon is crazy! Filled with world-class local designer fashion, interiors, and lifestyle shops- the […]

Travel In and Around Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City has a dynamism that is hard to ignore. Old alleyways take you into history, like corridors that seem to defy the rules of time to give you a glimpse of what Ho Chi Minh City was like many years ago. Then there are also places that re-purpose the new, the in-between […]

Mekong Delta 101: Which Cruises are the Best?

If you haven’t been to the Mekong Delta, it means that you haven’t explored the beauty of Vietnam on the river. Don’t worry, because this article will guide you to the remarkable boat cruises that will reveal the beauty of this green and unique place! Overview of the Mekong Delta The Mekong Delta is the […]

11 Must See Places Around and Near Ben Thanh Market

Let’s face it. Despite the fact that it’s a total tourist trap filled with over-enthusiastic vendors who won’t take no for an answer, Ben Thanh Market is (almost) the center of the universe when it comes to Saigon. Most visitors usually end up around the vicinity sometime on their visit, and once they’ve been overwhelmed […]

Saigon War Remnants Museum

It has been 40 years since the war against the Americans came to an end, and the remaining traces of the war are gradually fading to the relentless socio-economic development. However, the pain is still there. For the younger generation today, what has happened in the past is now just stories, but for many people […]