Sightseeing (must sees)
I would normally say the Mekong Delta but if you only have 2 days that isn't an option, and maybe you will have been there already. So I would say:
Do a walking tour of what remains of the city's colonial architecture
Try a Vespa Tour off the beaten track with Vietnam Vespa Adventures
Don't miss Cholon (Chinatown) and Binh Tay market
For a meal (we do not eat meat, only fish)
For good fish & seafood go to Hong Hai seafood restaurant on Pasteur St (on the right just before the junction with Dien Bien Phu). Or head down to Co Bac/Co Giang streets (nr backpacker district) for a wide selection of street food including awesome (and very cheap) shellfish. Barbecue Garden restaurant is a fun place where you can grill fish/seafood at your own table in a really nice garden.
A nice drink
Depends what your taste in bars is - personally I avoid the overpriced hotel bars that seem to be inexplicably popular on this forum. Phattys is one of the liveliest bars & has a really good selection of beer, wine & cocktails as well as good Aussie food & friendly regulars. Sheridans has live music every night (except Monday). The Refinery has a nice terrace to sit outside for a drink in a quiet courtyard, & does fantastic French bistro food too.
Not sure what you mean here but if you want an authentic local atmosphere, try getting out of district 1 into the suburbs & trying a local restaurant - anywhere that looks big & noisy with plastic chairs is worth stopping at for some food. The menu may not be in English but that's part of the fun...
Have a good time!
Must see: cuchi tunnels and city tour to major sights: War remnant museum, reunification palace, couple of french colonial buildings like notre dame Cathedral, Central post office, City hall, opera house...
2nd day to Mekong delta one day boat trip.
Night life depend on where you stay. some cheap bars at backpacker area or high end at Dong Khoi st.
Many local and in'tl restaurant with big selection
Welcome to Saigon!
Thank you one and all for the recommendations. Will certainly lok at all of the above (except the river trip, will just have spent 8 days on the river)
Thanks again Jan x
Oh and forgot to say this is the only place i do not have a hotel booked. We are not on a budget, but really like Clean and a bit quirky.
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