March holidays are just around the corner, and we’re ready to put on our explorer hats for the culturally diverse city that is Ho Chi Minh City. Filled with history and soul, the beautiful city will steal your heart. Here are six reasons why Ho Chi Minh City can be a destination for the whole family.
Hop on a luxurious speedboat and cruise away to the sleepy villages. Away from the bustling city, take a peek in the lives of local villages in this off beaten adventure. Children will definitely love the idyllic scenery consisting of rice paddies, fruit orchards and majestic water buffaloes. The tour also brings you to a floating market and traditional farmhouse, where you can get your hands on local delta produce, souvenirs and try a shot of spicy Mekong whiskey.
Walking around a busy town with children in hand is sure to cause a fluster. Instead, opt for an exciting cyclo tour to explore the streets. With the wind in your hair, ride through the nostalgic city and admire the fitting mixture of old and new architecture. This is definitely the best way to soak in the sights and sounds of Saigon.
Surviving two wars, this famous landmark is a gold mine for any history buffs. Previously the Home of the President, see how the country leader lived as you wander around the vast building filled with unique furnishings. Our advice: engage a tour guide to know the significance of each of the rooms and displays.
Suoi Thien Theme Park
Think a week of sight seeing may be a tad much for your littlies’ short attention span? Then set aside a day for some thrilling fun. This Buddhist-themed amusement park definitely goes down in our books as one of the wackiest theme parks in the world. Boasting a zoo, thrilling rides, a water park, laser tag, and even zip lines, be sure to plan your day wisely to cover just about everything.
Saigon Street Eats
Saigon Street Eats
Join Barbara and Vu, an Australian-Vietnamese couple as they take you on a culinary adventure around Ho Chi Minh. From seafood delights to heart-warming pho, discover the very best of Saigon’s street food as well as nifty tricks to help you get around Vietnam.
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station
Get up close and personal with endangered wild animals at this sanctuary. Each of these animals was rescued from illegal animal trading in Ho Chi Minh, including bears, monkeys and monitor lizards. This is a great way for you to teach children the importance of protecting and caring for wildlife animals.
Vietjet flies from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City daily, and travellers can easily connect to these other magnificent cities within Vietnam via the airline. Tickets ($279 onwards for a round trip for 1 adult and child) can be purchased by booking online at Vietjet or via VietJet’s Facebook page.
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