Itinerary Reveal: 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City 兩天胡志明市行程大公開

What can you get from Ho Chi Minh in two days? I'm going to share with you a detailed plan I've made for my trip to Ho Chi Minh City, from visa upon arrival application and two different hotel experience, to authentic dishes and tourist attractions recommendation. Everything will be revealed here for you. Let's get well-prepared for your own Ho Chi Minh City trip now, shall we?


兩天的時間到底能在越南胡志明市得到了什麼呢?我要跟大家分享一下我的行程計劃,從落地簽證和酒店房間,到正宗的越式料理和各個旅遊景點推介,全部和你們一一細說!現在就跟著我一起計劃一下你的胡志明市行程吧!


Day 1 第一日


Granting a Visa upon arrival at the Immigration & Passport Control


I thought it would take some time to have it done but I actually got it within half an hour. Make sure you have everything ready, and filled out the application form before landing. It will definitely save you a lot of time. They accept cash only, so prepare US$25 in cash, and don't forget two passport photos, and also the approval letter from the official visa partner of Vietnam immigration.


落地簽證和入境過關


我本來還以為弄個落地簽證會需要一點時間,結果不用半小時就搞定了。最重要的其實是要預先把所有文件準備好,下飛機之前就把申請表填好,這樣一來就省了很多時間了!他們只收現金,所以務必準備好25美元的現金,還有就是別忘了帶兩張證件照片,以及越南官方認可的入境許可文件。


Checking in at Duna Hotel


I can't find a right word but only crap to describe this hotel... I would say there's nothing right in this place... Everywhere has been worn out and mouldy. There's even no hot water in the shower. The bed sheet was dirty and unclean. I couldn't bear to stay any longer so I changed another hotel in the next day. It didn't worth a penny. Even though they offered breakfast in the deal, the breakfast was very basic. It was just my worst hotel experience ever.


入住 Duna Hotel


我真的想不到除了糟糕外,還能用什麼字來形容這家「酒店」了⋯⋯ 我只能說這裡什麼都不太對勁⋯⋯ 到處都很破舊又發霉的,而且浴室還沒有熱水,床鋪都感覺很髒很舊的。後來我是真的受不了,第二天便換了另一家酒店。這裡真的很不值,即使這地方包了很普通的早餐,也只能說這裡是我住過最不行,還說不上是酒店的「酒店」了。


Walking around in Saigon Area


Saigon is located in the city centre. There're quite a few things that you shouldn't miss in this area: In a historical building, there's a Saigon Central Post Office where you can find everything from post office service and collection stamps, to market and souvenirs. Don't forget about Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon! It is just right opposite to the post office. Unfortunately it was closed for construction so I didn't have a chance to get in. Following the path of Ngyyen Hue City of Walking, where you can possibly find nearly nothing special, but the Bach Dang Harbour Garden is definitely a nice place to relax after a long walk.


漫步遊歷胡志明市的西頁區


西貢是位於市中心的,在這區你不能錯過的東西如下:西貢中央郵政局是一座很有歷史味道的建築物,在這裡你不僅可以處理一般郵政服務、購買紀念郵票等等,你還會找到一些賣紀念品的集市。別忘了到對面的西貢巴黎聖母院喔!可惜的是它正在進行維修工程,所以暫時沒辦法進去參觀了。接著你便可以沿著沒什麼好逛的阮惠步行街一直走,走到盡頭你便會發現了巴赫當海港花園,這裡很美,走累了就在這休息一下吧!


Knowing more about the Ex-President Ho Chi Minh


If you are curious about the ex-president Ho Chi Minh, there's a museum Ho Chi Minh Museum about him just right opposite to the Bach Dang Harbour Garden. However, if you are not interested in history, you might find this museum quite boring. It is still a nice place for the harbour view of Ho Chi Minh City.


認識越南前總統胡志明


如果你對越南的前總統胡志明先生有點興趣,不妨來到這個同名的胡志明博物館吧。其實在巴赫當海港花園你便能看到了在對岸的這個博物館。可是啦,如果你對歷史沒什麼興趣的話,那這裡還是挺無聊的。不過來這裡看看胡志明市的風景,也是一個不錯的選擇喔。


Having the Localist Pho in Ho Chi Minh


How can you not have the most authentic pho before leaving Vietnam? Here at Pho 2000, they offer not just the localist environment for food, but also mouthwatering dishes like mixed seafood pho, crispy shrimp & pork roll, and even their mango smoothie was so tasty and fresh!


來一碗最地道的越南湯麵吧


離開越南之前,你怎麼可以不嘗嘗當地最正宗的越南湯麵呢?Pho 2000 不僅僅提供了最地道的環境,還有讓人吃得津津有味的茶式,就好像是綜合海鮮湯麵和脆炸豬肉蝦春卷,即使只是一普通的芒果冰沙也非常新鮮又好喝!

Getting Lost in Cho Ben Thanh Market


This market could be a great bargain if you put more effort on it. I feel like this place has become more touristy from time to time so the shoppers know the tricks. Start everything from half price, and you would find it very surprised how you eventually got something a lot cheaper than you expected. This market is extremely huge and quite a mess. So be prepared that you would spend some times looking for the way out, or wandering around the same blocks for a few times.


濱城市場迷了路


只要你努力一點,這地方會是一個很好殺價的的好地方。我覺得這裡已經變了一個旅客必去的景點了,老闆們也都很會開價喔。記得所有東西都最好從半價說起,你便會發現那些東西根本可以很便宜的!這個市場真的是太大太混亂了,所以你們要做好會迷路的心理準備,因為你後來會發現,你根本想走出去也很難,而且還會在同一個區域來來回回走了很多遍的囉。


Going for a High-end Dinner with Fantastic Night View


If you are looking for somewhere relaxing in this bustling city, Shri Restaurant & Lounge could be your choice. This restaurant is located in a skyscraper on 23th floor. They have music, delicious western food, nice cocktails, and the view (That’s everything!). You could also take some nice pictures over the transparent grass footpath after your meal. What more would you ask for?


去高級餐廳吃晚飯和看美景


在這繁忙的城市中,找一家舒適的餐廳去休息一下也不是難事,Shri Restaurant & Lounge 會是一個好的選擇。這餐廳就在23層高,他們放著音樂,做了好吃的西式料理和好喝的雞尾酒,重點是那個環境和風景,絕了!吃完飯之後再走上全透明的玻璃橋上拍拍照,還能要求什麼嗎?


Day 2 第二日


Checking in at Dragon Palace Hotel II

After a long night in the previous hotel, I finally booked for another hotel for my last night in Ho Chi Minh. This hotel is actually just located in the same street as Duna Hotel. But they are very different in every way! This hotel is even cheaper, and so much nicer with a hot shower! Although it’s still nothing like a 5-star hotel, this is the place I would call a hotel, not the one I stayed in earlier.


入住 Dragon Palace Hotel II


終於在之前的「酒店」熬過了一個漫長的夜晚,最終在第二個晚上換了另外一家酒店。其實這酒店剛好就在同一條街上,但是它們在任何方面都差太遠了!這酒店還更便宜,但是浴室有熱水!雖然還不能五星級酒店比較,但是至少這地方能稱得上是酒店⋯⋯


Taking Pictures of the Pinkest Church on Earth


Tan Dinh Church is probably the cutest and the pinkest church I’ve ever seen in my life. I totally fell in love with this architecture when I first saw the picture online, and it looks exactly the same from the picture! No wonder this place has recently become the hottest instagrammable spot in Ho Chi Minh. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enter into this church, not even sure why… as I couldn’t understand what the guard was saying, he just stopped me from moving a step forward. Anyway, this place is definitely worth you some photo storages and I’m sure you’ll love it too!


跟全世界最粉紅的教堂拍照


譚定教堂可能是我看過全球最粉紅又可愛的教堂了!我在網路上看到照片的時候已經愛上它了,還沒想到真實的跟照片一模一樣!難怪它最近成了Instagram 的胡志明市打卡景點喔。可惜的是我進不去參觀,因為跟門外的保安溝通不了,他一直只示意我不能進去,我也不知道到底是什麼原因了。不過無論如何這裡絕對是值得花你一點照片內存的喔!

Buying souvenirs at Cho Tan Dinh Market


Comparing this market to Cho Ben Thanh, Cho Tan Dinh offers things that are less touristy and more localist. They sell similar products such as souvenirs, Vietnamese hats, gourmet and snacks, even fruits and seafood, possibly anything you could think of with a lower starting price.


譚定市場買紀念品


對比濱城市場,譚定市場則是比較少旅客拜訪且比較地道的。這裡賣的東西其實也差不多,賣很多不同的紀念品,如越南帽子、小吃,甚至水果和海鮮也有,真的是你想到的都有,而且價格便宜很多喔。


Licking my Fingers at Den Long


When was the last time you lick your finger for food? I generally don’t do that but I really can’t help when the food is too delicious. In this home cooked Vietnamese Restaurant, you can order their signature Vietnamese dishes like rice crackers and various special drink mixed with different fruits. And of course, you can find loads of Den Long (Lanterns) in here. It’s perfect for photos!


Den Long 舔舔手指


你還記得上一次為了食物而舔手指是什麼時候了嗎?一般來說我都不會這樣做的,除非是食物真的太好吃了,我就忍不住了嘛!在這家越南住家菜餐廳,你可以吃到很多不同的越式料理,比如說是脆米餅和多種類的特色水果飲料。當然來到了Den Long (燈籠),找燈籠拍照不過份吧!


Visiting Independence Palace in City Centre


This palace doesn’t really look like a palace itself. It’s actually just a huge historical building of the Vietnam War era, with loads of government offices, conference rooms, residential area and also some tanks and military helicopters in the garden. I guess there’s no harm to make a visit if you are around city centre, right?


參觀在市中心的統一宮


這宮殿看起來並不像一個宮殿,這其實是一座在越戰時期的歷史建築,裡面都是政府各部門的辦公室、會議廳、住宅區,還有在花園裡大大小小的坦克和軍用直升機。我想如果你剛好也在市中心,去看看也無妨吧。


Getting Cheese Tarts in Various Flavours


I accidentally bumped into this Hokkaido Baked Cheese shop while I was killing time before the AO show began. They don’t just offer cheese tarts but also cheese ice-cream and other cheese products. Can you believe that they also do cheese tarts with durian? I don’t like durian so I didn’t try that one. But their original cheese tart and chocolate cheese tart with almonds were so good! You should definitely have a try when you are around!


吃不同口味的芝士撻


AO Show 表演還沒開始的時候,我到了附近逛街,無意中找到了這家 Hokkaido Baked Cheese。不論是撻還是冰淇淋,全都是芝士美食!而且有不同芝士口味,連榴蓮口味的都有!不過我自己不喜歡榴蓮,所以我也沒嘗到這個口味的。可是他們家的原味和巧克力杏仁碎的撻都超好吃!你們一定要去嘗嘗看喔!


Watching the Best Show in Saigon Opera House

This an hour long “AO Show“ performing in Municipal Theatre (Saigon Opera House) will never disappoint you. More than 70 Vietnamese musical instruments were used in the performance. The show was spectacular! It's like a combination of circus, dance, music, drama and visual experience! Unfortunately, it's not allowed to take pictures or film during the show; this means you could truly enjoy the show! Just to remember to get there an hour earlier to have a tour around this beautiful architecture!


西貢歌劇院看最棒的表演


在胡志明市大劇院(西貢歌劇院)看 一小時長的 AO Show 絕對不會讓你失望的!在整個表演裡面,他們總共利用了超過七十種不同的越南樂器,令整個表演昇華!這表演就好像是綜合了馬戲團、跳舞、舞台劇和視覺效果!可惜的是,在表演途中是不能拍照和錄影的,但是這代表了大家都能好好的享受整個過程了。記得在表演開始前的一個小時到達現場喔,這是唯一可以拍照和參觀歌劇院的時候了!


Ordering Asian Cuisine from Everywhere

There's a forest in town called Nha hang Ngon where you could order every single Asian cuisine from Korea and Thailand, to China and Japan. Of course, from Vietnam as well. I'm not exaggerating but they do have a book of menu... it took me some times to study the whole thing before the waitress took my orders. So if you can't decide what to have for dinner, you shouldn't come here or you would spend so much time to decide what to get...


吃到來自亞洲各國的美食


在市區內居然有一個小森林 - Nha hang Ngon,這餐廳有著來自不同的亞洲料理,有中國菜、韓國、日本和泰式料理,當然少不了的是越南菜了!我沒有誇張喔,他們的餐牌是一本很厚的書來的!我還快了很長時間才想到要吃什麼⋯⋯ 所以呢,如果你們想不到晚餐要吃什麼,就千萬不要來這家餐廳好了,不然你會更下不了決定的。哈哈!


What would you do in Ho Chi Minh City for two days? Let me know if you've made a plan like mine?


你們在胡志明市的兩天,會做什麼呢?你們的計劃也會跟我的差不多嗎?


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