Scouting Vietnam » Ho Chi Minh City / by Dzulkanean Ali

On the final trip of our Vietnam tour, we visited the city of Saigon AKA Ho Chi Minh City. To be honest, I really don't know much about any Vietnam history other than the Vietnam War from Forrest Gump.

The good thing is that all these iconic locations are a walking distance from one another. Naturally, the first order of business would be for me to visit the cathedral. I'm really a fan of medieval architecture. 

Rear view of the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. 

Rear view of the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. 

Greeted by this magnificently huge statue. 

Greeted by this magnificently huge statue. 

Sadly the cathedral is under restoration and no one was permitted to enter the premise.

Pigeon feeding. 

Pigeon feeding. 

Next, we made our way to the Saigon Post Office; a 5 minute walk from the cathedral.  Built during the French occupation, it is surprising that the post office is still operating. The place is also packed with souvenirs for you to bring back home.

The Saigon Post Office. 

The Saigon Post Office. 

Made our way to the Independence Palace. Not sure why, but I feel the location reminds me of our Istana—where the entrance is located on the side of the road, and a 10 minute walk will take you to a shopping mall.

Beautiful view from the Palace overlooking the city of Saigon.

Beautiful view from the Palace overlooking the city of Saigon.

Figure 12; magazine of 5 rounds load. Own time, own target.

Figure 12; magazine of 5 rounds load. Own time, own target.

There are lots of independent boutique store that sells craft items in Ho Chi Minh! Can't remember the name of this shop, but the interior space look spectacular. It's very indie and boutique-ish. The selection of products are carefully curated and hand picked.

The concept for most of their products are using recycled materials. Think of it like a local Vietnamese Freitag!

The concept for most of their products are using recycled materials. Think of it like a local Vietnamese Freitag!

Whenever I go visiting another country, I always make it a ritual to stopover the tallest skyscraper and have an overview of the entire city. So for my last day in Saigon, I went over to Bitexco Financial Tower for a few drinks as recommended by our local tour-guide.

Standing tall at 68 storiew high. It stood as the tallest building till 2011. 

Standing tall at 68 storiew high. It stood as the tallest building till 2011. 

The chef preparing our 7 course meal right before our very eyes. I absolutely LOVE restaurants with an open concept where guest have the opportunity to be part of the process. Plus, we get a peek at the intricacy that is required.

The chef preparing our 7 course meal right before our very eyes. I absolutely LOVE restaurants with an open concept where guest have the opportunity to be part of the process. Plus, we get a peek at the intricacy that is required.

And that concludes the end of Scouting Vietnam! Looking back, I really enjoyed my trip. It started off with me really being skeptical and naive; but with each day, I grow of the country. From an eye opening view of the waves, to the very polite and hospitable locals & your large bowl of Beef Pho, thank you Vietnam for showing me a new perspective and humbling this city kid back.