Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of 8.5 million people. During our trip, we stayed at the historical Hotel Continental Saigon, which was the first hotel in Vietnam and was built in 1880. The hotel had a wonderful essence to it and the amount of history preserved throughout the hotel is wonderful. I highly recommend at least one overnight stay if you are in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s central location in District 1 is also wonderful – directly across the street is the Opera House and within walking distance are shops, restaurants, and bars.
We only had 2 days in Saigon so we spent our time exploring the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO Museum), the War Remnants Museum, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. We did not have a chance to spend a day visiting the fishing villages along the Mekong Delta or adventuring through the Cu Chi Tunnels – but those are on my bucket list for the next visit.