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Travel around Saigon on a weekend afternoon

Sitting on the corner of Turtle Lake and chatting with friends, eating snacks, taking a stroll in 30/4 park, and looking at the old church under the sunshine will add interest to your weekend in Saigon. 

HCM City is known for the busy pace of life, but behind those scenes are peaceful corners. At Notre Dame Cathedral, where cars surround the area, you can stand or sit at any corner to experience the atmosphere.

Turtle Lake

Turtle Lake

Opposite the church, more than 100 meters is the City’s Post Office, which attracts many foreign tourists visiting each day. 

With distinctive architecture, the building is outstanding with arched doorways and a unique roof. 

Currently, the post office has been remodelled and wearsa new shirt of paint. 

Tourists here will find memories of old Saigon, and will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Duong Van Ngo – who has more than 60 years at the post office.

Tourists can also sit on a cyclo to explore streets in the center. If lucky, you will hear interesting stories about the city from drivers.

Bet ca phe or outdoor coffee in HCMC

Bet ca phe or outdoor coffee in HCMC

The activity chosen by most young people is to sit chatting in the 30/4 park (Han Thuyen Park). It is called “coffee on the ground” by youth.

After finding a suitable seat, you call for a cup of Saigon coffee to enjoy. You will hear cheerful sounds of life, from the noise of vehicles, birds singing, people talking, to crying sound of street vendors. Sometimes you also hear the sound of a guitar somewhere nearby.

Live music at the park

Live music at the park

Beside the park is a commercial center. Tourists come here to shop, see movies, dining, etc. On special occasions or changing season, this building has fancy exterior décor. The colorful images and eye-catching layout has left a strong impression on many people.

You can choose Turtle Lake as the last stop on the trip. Sitting on a high location, in an airy space with cool breezes you will have a relaxing weekend afternoon.

In particular, it is known for delicious and cheap street food. The food here is very diverse, in line with the preferences of the young as fried corn, mixed rice cake, fried fish ball, etc.

The highlight is that you just need to say what you want to eat and then find a place to sit; they will serve you right at your seat.

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