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sino na nakapunta sa vietnam? how much and ano attractions doon? is it like bangkok in terms of shopping?
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  • Joey23Joey23 Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I been to Vietnam :)

    what do u mean by attractions?

    personally, mas okay ang shopping sa BKK kaysa sa HCMC

    but going to Cu Chi and hearing how the Vietcongs won over the Americans is amazing.

    though I didn't enjoy my Vietnam trip as much as my Thailand's, its still worth the trip for me.

    :elephant:
  • lupinlupin Member PExer
    ok din magshopping sa vietnam, i've been to hanoi. problem lang kung paano iuuwi yung malalaking vases, jars, paintings pero mura talaga. wala pang malalaking malls pero ok naman yung shopping district nila, hassle-to-d-max by calculator lang. hirap nga lang c andaming zero na pag sa pera nila hehehe...

    food trip ka na lang, da best din.... masarap naman yung pho o kaya baguette na nilalako lang sa kalye. o kaya escargot (sosyal na kuhol)... french influenced kc yung northern part ng vietnam kaya ganun, nde lang architecture kundi pati food na rin kaya andami ring coffee/tea houses....
  • TravelBugTravelBug Sakay Na! PExer
    I want to visit this country pero di ko maintindihan bakit ang mahal ng pamasahe.
  • CoolCucumberCoolCucumber HEALTH.FREAK.WANNABE. PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Every place has a story to tell... so, why not? :)


    :rpflag:
  • how much po kaya budget going to vietnam? pamasahe, then shopping money, pocket money? like in hkk, may hongkong and kowloon district ba yan wherein if shopping and pasyal hanap mo, sa kowloon district ka dapat tumira? thanks!
  • Joey23Joey23 Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    kung shopping Ho Chi, pasyal sa mga probinsya.

    since backpacker friendly ang Vietnam you can find travel cafe's specially in Pham Ngu Lao(?) St. in District 1 for cheap day trip packages.

    Di kami kumuha ng package when we went to Vietnam. Airfare is about USD240 I think then spend about USD250.

    5D4N kami, 3N in HCMC and 1N in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    USD5 lang via bus to go to PP from HCMC.

    :elephant:
  • red_trackred_track Member PExer
    anyone been to vietnam? please do post ur travel adventures in vietnam..
    I will go there for a medical mission(thou im not a doctor--just a plain volunteer)
  • rationalrational Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I've been to Ha Noi. Quite interesting. Reminds me of one of our probinysa cities like Kalibo. Drivers are crazy!!! Crazier than ours. In the 3 days we were there, our group was involved in 2 accidents.

    Try the exotic vodkas. Snake-vodka, seahorse-vodka, bayawak-vodka.... Supposed to be better than Viagra but didn't work for me. :D
  • red_trackred_track Member PExer
    di ba di cla marunng mag english? panu kau nag uusap?
  • asiamilesasiamiles in love PExer
    buti na lang may ganitong thread, mag-start sana ako ng about vietnam. we're going to ho chi minh this coming june, one week kami don. although i have my lonely planet book, ano pa po bang ok na puntahan don? i hope di kami ma-bore don for 1 week!
  • Extra_HardExtra_Hard Banned by Admin PExer
    red track,

    how did get into that medical mission thing?
  • nasa hanoi ako last year around 2 months. ok naman siya, parang quiapo/baclaran na walang kalat. simula pa ng winter nun kaya nanibago pa ako sa lamig. baka bumalik ako next month, ano ba ok gawin dun? libangan ko dun eh uminom ng beer habang nanonood ng football
  • SuPeR_MaNSuPeR_MaN Member PExer
    i'll be travelling overland from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh next month. madami bang pinoys dito?
  • workin_gerlworkin_gerl Member PExer
    I was in Ho Chi Minh in 2002. Probinsya nga ang dating. Mas maraming bisikleta and motorbikes kaysa sa kotse, in fact, nagta-traffic dahil sa mga ito. To enjoy the place, you should be ready for a 'culture immersion', they have preserved their culture to the max.

    At the center of their plaza (Ho chi minh), there is this place called Lover's lane... named as such because couples go in the middle of the street and stay there, yun nga, parang lover's lane.

    You can do a lot of shopping there, especially in that building called the Russian Building (if my memory serves me right). Commodities are relatively cheap. If you want to go to their market, its an interesting place to go there too.

    If you would want to visit the outskirts, you can go to the place called Cu Chi Tunnel. This place showcases how the Viets defeated the Americans... you'd be amazed with their ingenuity.

    On the way to the tunnel from Ho Chi Minh, I noticed something different in their backyards. Minsan may nitso sa harapan ng bahay. I thought it has something to do with their religion. The explanation given to me - dun na lang nililibing ang loved ones nila sa loob ng bakuran nila. Can't recall now if I saw cemeteries.

    Asiamiles, its up to you what you'd want to do there. Personally, I did enjoy the place because I appreciated the value they gave to their culture. Daming bilihan, dami ring kainan.
  • workin_gerlworkin_gerl Member PExer
    SuPeR_MaN wrote:
    i'll be travelling overland from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh next month. madami bang pinoys dito?

    May mga Pinoys dun. Isang manager nung hotel (Hotel Caravelle), Pinay.
  • workin_gerlworkin_gerl Member PExer
    red_track wrote:
    di ba di cla marunng mag english? panu kau nag uusap?

    Mayroon namang marunong mag-Ingles. Marami kasi sa kanila, nag-aaral mag-Ingles kasi nagto-tourist guide, malaki kasi ang compensation as compared to others. Kung sa mga palengke o bilihan, parang HongKong, minsan calculator ang katapat ng presyo (you communicate thru the calculator).

    I can not forget that time when my companions and I went to church (Catholic) at the Plaza... ang misa Vietnamese ang dialect, wala kaming naintindihan. Tapos bumili yung kaibigan ko ng parang buchi dun sa ale na naglalako sa bangketa (similar to the tinderas outside churches here in the Pinas), katawa kasi, di magkaintindihan yung tindera at yung kaibigan ko sa presyo (di marunong gumamit ng calculator yung tindera at di rin makaintindi ng Ingles)... sign language to the max na lang ang nangyari, di namin alam kung sino ang nalugi sa bentahan.

    btw, be ready for the hot and humid temperature. I went there March 2002, sa totoo lang, grabe ang humidity at pawis talaga. Maliligo ka sa pawis mo.

    Hope this helps you.. enjoy your stay there. :)
  • rationalrational Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    red track, what city are you going to? Sa Hanoi kasi, the weather is tolerable since it's in the north. Not like Ho CHi Minh.

    One thing I was envious of is how peaceful it seemed to be. You don't get this feeling that you're about to be mugged at any time. Mababait ang tao though they do have their share of people who try to milk the tourists,
  • asiamilesasiamiles in love PExer
    I was in Ho Chi Minh in 2002. Probinsya nga ang dating. Mas maraming bisikleta and motorbikes kaysa sa kotse, in fact, nagta-traffic dahil sa mga ito. To enjoy the place, you should be ready for a 'culture immersion', they have preserved their culture to the max.

    At the center of their plaza (Ho chi minh), there is this place called Lover's lane... named as such because couples go in the middle of the street and stay there, yun nga, parang lover's lane.

    You can do a lot of shopping there, especially in that building called the Russian Building (if my memory serves me right). Commodities are relatively cheap. If you want to go to their market, its an interesting place to go there too.

    If you would want to visit the outskirts, you can go to the place called Cu Chi Tunnel. This place showcases how the Viets defeated the Americans... you'd be amazed with their ingenuity.

    On the way to the tunnel from Ho Chi Minh, I noticed something different in their backyards. Minsan may nitso sa harapan ng bahay. I thought it has something to do with their religion. The explanation given to me - dun na lang nililibing ang loved ones nila sa loob ng bakuran nila. Can't recall now if I saw cemeteries.

    Asiamiles, its up to you what you'd want to do there. Personally, I did enjoy the place because I appreciated the value they gave to their culture. Daming bilihan, dami ring kainan.

    thanks workin_gerl! :)

    as of today, no plans yet. i just want to stay there, and observe, nothing definite talaga. we're also planning a short trip to phnom penh, just to see the difference. mukhang mag-eenjoy ako, kasi i love cultural attractions, although wag lang depressing
  • eww14eww14 Member PExer
    babait ng mga tao sa vietnam :)
  • sterlingsterling gorgeous girl PExer
    HI. I was just in Ho Chi Minh. A lot of the people still call it Saigon. It's a city of motorbikes- there are many,many more motorbikes than there are cars. Food is excellent,the noodles especially,and you're never without a little bowl of their fish sauce,called nuoc mam.
    You will enjoy shopping at Ben Than market,especially for fruits,textiles and sleepwear.
    The most happening bar is Apocalypse Now. Try to arrive by 10,so you can get a table by the dance floor.
    Some of the best sights are actually outside the city. The Cu Chi tunnels, where you will have a chance to fire a real AK-47, is a must-see. Take also a day trip to the Mekong River Delta, which is very relaxing.

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