Find something special in Saigon through peaceful alleys

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When you are on the big streets in Saigon, you can find many shops, restaurants, or shopping places easily. You might wonder where to go in Saigon. Then give it a try to some of the unique alleys that a few people know about. This will be an extremely interesting experience for you.

In Saigon, there are many zigzag alleyways, winding but very unique, you can easily find a place which is the combination of restaurants, coffee shops, fashion shops, etc. or a small alley that has a diversity of the culinary world in the heart of Saigon. In this writing, you can find the most famous alleys in Saigon.

Celeb alley

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Celeb alley

Situated on 59 Nguyen Du, next to the City Post Office, Celeb alley is one of the most beautiful alleys for you to take photographs in Saigon due to its pretty blue color. This blue wall was first painted by an Indian café when they just transferred here. From 3 to 4 years ago, almost every day there are a lot of young people gathered together here to take pictures. There is no place to squeeze at the weekend. Therefore, this alley is a suitable spot for your Saigon group tours at every weekend.

Not only teens but also celebrities like models, singers, actors have used to take pictures here. So this can be said this is the alley taken by many famous people in Saigon. This place is worth being a spot in your list of destinations on your south Vietnam group tours, right?

“Lazy Lane” – all in one

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Lazy Alley

 The next point we want to introduce to you is the 158 alleys on Pasteur Street District 1. Many people commented that they can come here continuously for 4 to 6 times a week as they will never get bored. This alley is a gathering place for eating, coffee all night long and even shopping. This makes many people choose it as their nightly gathering point in their Saigon group tours.

The alley is quite dark, so many people do not notice and just passing by. But inside this alley, there are many interesting shops.

 This alley is made up of a small road, which separates the two old apartment buildings. Although it is not a long alley, along two sides and above two apartments in the buildings offer a restaurant, a pretty coffee shop and two fashion shops. Especially in front of the alley, there is a coffee shop opening all night, which is an ideal meeting place for many young Saigon.

This “lazy” alley is well known to many foreigners because it is located in the center of the city and it also has a famous Vietnamese restaurant in the building. For young people, this alley is enough for them to have a super lazy late at night.

This place is quite old and gathering many unique cafes in Saigon. Beside you can find here interlaced three restaurants and a lot of fashion shops. Because of the beautiful scene in the classic style, this place is also a top destination for you to take wonderful pictures.

Meditation alley

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An Tu pagoda in Meditation alley

 Listen to the name pretty strange right? The reason for this name is that there are five different temples in this alley. Besides, most of the people in this area are Buddhist, so gradually people around the area give the name of this alley as meditation alley.

You might find it very strange that this alley has so many temples. The reason is that according to local people, the land around the alleyway 498 Le Quang Dinh has been said by many monks that it is precious and rare land. Because of that, before the liberation of the country, not only many temples were built here, but ordinary people also like to rent or buy a house here even this area is not located near the center a bit.

Unlike crowded, noisy and busy traffic on the big roads of the city, when entering the alley 498, you can suddenly felt tranquil and cool.

The above unique three alleys are must-go destinations in your group tour in Saigon. Give it a try, you will like it for sure.

Explore what you can buy in Weekend Markets in Saigon

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If you ever try to take a South Vietnam group tours, you might want to go to Weekend Markets in Saigon to experience one of the unique events in this active city. In this writing, you will find the most popular and famous events during the weekend of this city. Give it a try.

The New District

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The New District

If you are wondering where to go in Southern Vietnam, the new district is definitely the event that you do not want to miss. The name must be mentioned first is “New District” – a newly established event that brings the new wind of youth to Saigon. The New District Market is organized weekly at Cargo Event Space (formerly Cargo Bar). Located in the most favorable location in District 4, this market takes you only 30 seconds from the center of the city. This is a fair gathering all the names familiar to young people on social networks such as Nosbyn, The Blue T-Shirt, Heverly, Urbanista, Pop Birdy, etc.

The New District invests heavily in inviting well-known DJs to play music to help people shop in an excited mood as possible. In addition, the fair also has shooting area that is really attractive to many young people. This area is decorated with white balloons making the interior of the house becomes a bit darker and shimmer.

The minus in New District is that this is a former bar area, so space is pretty tight and cluttered, especially in case of too many people gathering in one place. The price here is not too cheap, because most of them are the famous fashion shop.

  • Location: Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

Hello Weekend Market

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Hello Weekend Market

The second event you need to go to have the best group tours in Vietnam is Hello Weekend Market. It can be considered as one of the earliest weekend shows in Saigon and is the gathering place for many popular brands such as All ‘Bout Him, Dottie, Libé, Liti Warehouse, Floral Punk, etc. Located right in the Hoa Lu stadium, the area is very spacious. Plus the advantages of the most sold items are easy to wear, easy to buy at moderate prices, whoever comes to Hello Weekend can earn themselves at least one item at home.

The furniture is quite diverse, from clothing, accessories, cosmetics to decorations.

And, of course, not out of the flow, Hello Weekend Market has also “invested” a whole area for you to have the most beautiful pictures.

However, the point deducted here is due to overcrowding so the Hello Weekend is always in the heat, cramped. Not to mention, the status of pickpockets often occurs. In addition, the parking lot is often in full swing, going into quite a new stadium, and then having to walk a long walk to the fairground.

Overcrowding is a common occurrence.

  • Location: Hoa Lu Stadium, No. 4 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1.

Saigon Flea Market

This is considered the oldest fair in Saigon. Established in 2011, Saigon Flea Market has been an indispensable name when it comes to fairs in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general. This is also the first and only show now has its own website, updated full information about the time of organization, how to register to host the booth, news articles on the fair, etc.

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Saigon Flea Market

Although located quite far from the city center (District 7), it still an attractive destination for Saigon people. In the midst of the current wave of mushroom fairs, Flea Market always retains its own personality. Thanks to the reasonable price, this place is still at the top of weekend’s market in Saigon and becomes an ideal destination for those having Vietnam group tours when they go to Saigon.

However, setting up a booth for each booth without the tent for the whole fair makes the space quite hot, especially when guests have to move from one booth to another with no cover. Choosing District 7 as the venue can only serve the young people in the neighborhood, because of the sun in Saigon that makes a number of people ominous in the distant county.

  • Location: 107 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7

Saigon Urban Flea Market

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Saigon Urban Flea Market

Located at Saigon Outcast, a familiar place of young people in Thao Dien, District 2, Saigon, Urban Flea Market has become a pocket address for anyone who wants to have a sale or rare items. Get yourself into the shopping atmosphere to find the interesting experience in Vietnam.

The fair is characterized by the art space of “urban”, spacious, airy, close to nature. Coming to this place, you will get “lost” by the handmade items that are unique, vintage and retro direction or you can exchange new and old items that are still used well. You can even enjoy live music parties played by bands, culinary favors.

And you can also make friends with a lot of interesting Western friends because the main guests of the fair are the foreigners living in the region.

A difference compared to the fairs, and also the inconvenience of this place is the entrance fee with the price of VND 20,000 / person. In addition, the location of District 2 is quite far, unless you like it here, rarely anyone bears to go by motorcycle in the sun between the highways to get there.

  • Location: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2

Attracted by French architect in Saigon

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Saigon is always famous for having the beautiful architecture of French. Essential Vietnam tours will give you the best time ever. Do not believe me? Give it a try.

Vietnam is famous for having many unique French architecture buildings. And in this writing, let’s find out top places to visit in Southern Vietnam.

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Notre Dame Cathedral

The full name of Notre Dame Cathedral is the Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. On October 7, 1877, Bishop Isidore Colombert placed the first stones to commence the construction of the church in front of many senior figures of the time. The church was completed three years later. Until now, the church is still a seductive destination in essential Vietnam tours.

 With its rich history and unique architecture, the Notre Dame Cathedral has become a symbol of Saigon and Vietnam as a tourist destination, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. It is worth being a spot in your list of must-go destinations in your South Vietnam tours, right? At present, the church during the restoration process lasts 2 years. 

Continental Hotel

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Continental Hotel

The hotel was built by Pierre Cazeau, a French construction material manufacturer in 1878 and completed two years later. Prior to 1975, the hotel had two new owners, the Duke of Montpensier (1911) and the Corse brother Mathieu Francini (1930). In the 1960s and 1970s, the provisional government of Vietnam forced commercial establishments to use Vietnamese signs, so the hotel was called “Dai Luc Lu Quan”, meaning Hotel of the Mainland for traveller.

 “Dai Luc Lu Quan” has hosted many famous people such as French novelist André Malraux, British writer Graham Greene – author of Quiet American, Indian poet Rabindranath Tahore – Nobel Prize in Literature 1913. Nearby, the hotel is also frequented by many journalists, journalists, guests and foreign merchants operating in Saigon during the war.

 Today, the hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Saigon with ancient architecture that is red tile roof, brick walls, high ceilings and spacious living room.

City Post Office

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City Post Office

Located in the District Office of Paris (District 1), Saigon Central Post Office was built by France from 1886 to 1891. The post office architecture is European style combined with oriental as the drawing of architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux. The museum is located near Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and a shopping mall that creates an attractive sightseeing area in the center of Saigon.

City Opera House

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City Opera House

 After capturing the Cochinchine in 1863, the French government invited a delegation to perform in Saigon. At that time, the troupe must perform temporarily in a wooden house at the Clock Tower, which is in the corner of Nguyen Du – Dong Khoi Street today. Thereafter, a temporary theater was built at the site of the Carevelle Hotel. By 1898, the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House or the Opera was built shortly before the temporary theater and was inaugurated on January 1st, 1900. This is considered the most typical and expensive buildings in French colonial period, designed by Ferret architect. At present, the Opera House is the place to perform professional stage performances such as opera, ballet, music, drama, etc. for all the art troupes in and outside the country.

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

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Ho Chi Minh City Museum

The building was designed by the French architect Foulhoux, started construction in 1885 and completed in 1890. The initial policy of the building is the Trade Museum, displaying the products in the country but when finished construction, the building became the residence of the Governor of the South. On September 12th, 1978, the City People’s Committee decided to use this building as the Revolutionary Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, and on December 13th, 1999 it was renamed Ho Chi Minh City Museum. The building has a gothic style architecture with the roofs of Asian architecture. Every detail of the museum is sophisticated and highly aesthetic. Today, in addition to visiting to get the knowledge of history, many young people also go to the museum to capture the wedding photos or record the beautiful moments.

Ben Thanh market

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Ben Thanh market

 And the last must-go destination for your travel to Vietnam is Ben Thanh market. Once built in various locations in the city, the Ben Thanh Market area like today was constructed by French contractor Brossard et Maupin in 1912 and by the end of March 1914, it was completed. According to the records, the inauguration ceremony of the market was held in three days 28, 29 and 30/3, with fireworks, cotton cars and more than 100,000 people attended. Although the name Ben Thanh market is from the early period, before 1975, people often referred to as Cho Moi or Sai Gon market. Operating from 1914 to now, the market is busy shopping places, the point of reconciliation between ancient Saigon and now, become images sticking to the memory of many Saigon. Today, the market is a must-visit destination for visitors first visit Saigon, especially foreign visitors.

Best photography locations in Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. In the midst of the chaos of life, there are beautiful corners for photographers. Today, we will introduce you Saigon day tours to destinations for photographing.

Saigon tours will begin with one of the best beautiful views…

1. Thu Thiem tunnel roof

For those who love photography in Saigon, the Thu Thiem Tunnel Roof is a famous and familiar place. They often come out here in the afternoon, when sunset falls, the sun is setting and the night is coming.

District 1 view

District 1 view

You can see the city center (District 1) from the banks of the Saigon River, watching the lights start to light, watching boats, container ships passing through. There, you can also enjoy the cool wind in the vast landscape, where there are empty land stretches and a green river.

Sunset time

Sunset time

And the most important thing for those who love photography is many people usually gather here to take pictures of the sunset, exposing the buildings, including the 68-floor Bitexco financial building. Not only shooting, people who love photography also invite the "model" to create a variety of photographic works… Many couples and studios also choose this place for their signature wedding photography in Saigon.

2. Nguyen Hue pedestrian zones

Nguyen Hue Street is a central street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, connect the People's Committee Headquarters with Bach Dang Wharf, Saigon river bank.

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street

Many people still think Nguyen Hue is just a street to walk, enjoy the air of Saigon. In fact, Nguyen Hue Walking Street has many more interesting things to experience than just walking the street, which is sure to be easy to spot when you come here. This is one of top destinations must-go in Saigon.

In Nguyen Hue street now many people consider as a street in some foreign country. No electricity, no trash, the streets are neatly organized with pedestrian alleys everywhere. So for those who are passionate about photography, like to have shimmering photos, just come out here and have all the necessary contexts.

3. Mop grass field

The grasslands are located adjacent to District 9 and District 2 (near Metro An Phu). This place is extremely suitable for taking pictures, flying kites and watching the sunset in the city.

Mop grass field

Mop grass field

In addition to the location of the photo shoot, the place is also suitable for playing games under the sky such as flying kites, model airplanes, water rockets, astronomical observations and other outdoor activities.

4. Ho Chi Minh City Post Office – an ancient look in the middle of the modern city

Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is a typical architectural work of Saigon. The building was built by the French at the end of the 18th century with western style combined with the Oriental decor. This is one of the top tourist attractions in Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh Post Office

Ho Chi Minh Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, welcoming thousands of visitors every day. Many visitors come here to send merchandise, but some people simply want to visit to learn more about an ancient architecture between the city of modern.

Saigon Post Office is prominent with the balanced layout of a high-aesthetic architecture. The building has an arched structure.

Above the dome is a large watch. The two sides of the post are arranged in rectangles with the laurel wreath of the name by some French celebrities such as Voltaire, Laplace, Arago, and scientists who invented the telephone and telegram. The impressive French architecture was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, who created the legendary Eiffel Tower in Paris.

5. The Bridges

Mong Bridge – the oldest bridge of Saigon

Mong Bridge

Mong Bridge

Those who live in Saigon, no stranger to the prominent bridge, a jade green, across the Ben Nghe Canal connecting District 1 and District 4. Built more than a hundred years during the French colonial period, Cau Mong has become an ideal dating place for couples, tourist attractions like to go around exploring the city and attract a lot of young people love photography.

Binh Loi Bridge – the first iron bridge crossed the Saigon River

Binh Loi Bridge

Binh Loi Bridge

Binh Loi Bridge was just opened in 2008, minimizing the time and distance from Thu Duc to Tan Son Nhat Airport. The large and beautiful bridge helps minimize traffic jam and save time than ever. Besides, Binh Loi bridge now becomes a meeting place for many young people. On both sides of the bridge, there is wind cool, visibility overlooking District 2 and District 1, the trolley sells all kinds of snacks make the ideal spot for couples dating.

 

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