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The Ho Chi Minh city is a not bad city to travel..i like the local food and also the cucci tunnel one day trip. The only bad impression is the "unreal" taxi in the town..but i think it is very common in anywhere in the world.
When I went to HCM City I was expecting nice streets and not to many vechiles. SHOCK! The roads are so chaotic and its so hot and humid.I almost got hit by a motorbike 20 times in the first day. If you are thinking of travelling to HCM City with small kids, don't. Allthough temples and culture is lovely, It's too hard to find your way around. There are many beggars and people selling things off the aseet who almost harrass you to buy them. You can't help but feeling sorry for them. Altogether its a nice place for a few nights.
This is really just a warning for all tourists and mainly women traveling in Saigon. I wish I would have read similar reviews before going there. Women - please AVOID carrying purses and anything of value on your person when traveling around the city.
My husband and I were walking home on the second night after dinner. The restaurant was less than three blocks from our hotel, which was located in a rather populated area. We had stayed within the populated areas for a reason. Clearly it was still not safe enough.
We were crossing a small street, and we have no idea out of where two men on a motorcycle came in front of us, snatched my bag and sped away. We ran after them and screamed loudly hoping the public on the other end would stop them. But let's face, it they were on a motorcycle. Luckily, I only had $7 in cash and a few credit cards (which I cancelled immediately). Overall it was not a big financial loss for me.
Regardless, the whole thing is honestly still a mystery to me, as to how on earth they got my cross-body clutch with a METAL chain off my body in under 1 second. It happened too quick and swift for me to understand what was going on. Do not underestimate - these men are experts.
In addition, don't count on the police to do anything. A kind man who had seen the whole thing ran and got the nearest officers, who took us on their motorcycle to the police station. We didn't expect immediate results, but figured they'd at least have us write a report, or have us fill out something...anything.
We ended up sitting in the office for 15 minutes while a man just stared back at us signaling "no english". We gestured to at least fill out a form or write something - he didn't respond. Then finally when I pushed "what is going on?" - he said (in English), "go back to your hotel they will write something for you". Useless. I guess these things happen often enough for them not to care.
We walked back to the hotel, where the hotel staff were apologetic and offered to take us to the police station. We were just frustrated by this point and the clerk was straightforward and told us that if you didn't see the license plate, there is really nothing the police will do. And apparently, these things happen a lot during the holidays.
Anyway, we were lucky enough to have nothing stolen of great importance. But I really just want to write this as a warning to women to please not carry purses, and be very aware of your surroundings. We did some reading later and realized this is a very common thing in Saigon - even among the locals.
Please be careful!
Just back from Saigon,traffic terrible,but the city is electric! the markets are the same as all south east asia full of fake designer clothes and watches,but they start at 4 or 5 times the amount that they will settle for.also rickshaw drivers follow you around trying to get you to go to attractions on the other side of town,if you are in the city centre all the sites are in walking distance.
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