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Full-Day Hue City and Perfume River Bike Tour
"50km cycling (L)Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 this city is famous for its magnificent architecture. It’s citadel palaces pagodas and royal tombs frame a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. In the morning we’ll cycle to visit the Hue Citadel and Imperial City. Then we’ll bike upstream aside the legendary Perfume River. Along the way Vietnam Bike Tours’ll stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda then continue to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside where we’ll find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. We’ll take some time to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs. After exploring the splendid gardens and ornate architecture of the tombs we’ll return to Hue to end the trip."
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5-Day Vietnam Central Coast Bike Tour from Hue to Nha Trang
"Day 1: Hue - Hoi An 100km cycling (L D)On the first day we’ll drive by bus 18km out of Hue to the coast. There we’ll begin riding off the beaten track for 40km along a picturesque narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. We’ll hop on a local ferry to cross an estuary of the Perfume River before re-mounting our bikes on Highway 1. Here we will cycle the first of the day’s three hill climbs. In the evening we’ll check into the hotel in Hoi An
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4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary
"Day 1: Hue - Da Nang 60km+ cycling (L)Our guide will retrieve you from your hotel in Hue and organize a transfer out of the city. The day’s bike ride will begin at Thuan An beach and head to Cau Hai lagoon where you will see local fishermen and stilt houses on the water. Lunch will either be held as a picnic on the way or at a local restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue riding to Lang Co beach. On the way you’ll cycle up the Hai Van pass and enjoy a scenic view from the summit. Then we’ll continue cycling along the coast to the hotel for our overnight stay in Da Nang.Day 2: Da Nang - Hoi An 45km+ cyclng (B L)In the morning we’ll visit the Cham museum in the city. Then
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Botanical Gardens

The Botanical gardens are intermixed with the Saigon zoo and are in of themselves probably more interesting than the small and antiquated zoo. The garden features a series of local fauna you normally wouldn't see in an urban area like Saigon.

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Jim_Eliason
Oct 11, 2016

Botanical Gardens

Another view from the botanical gardens, this park along with a small zoo sits near the Mekong river and the history museum. The gardens are more interesting than the zoo and worth the price of admission.

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Oct 08, 2016

Ho Chi minh Statue (night view)

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Uncle Ho (as Ho Chi Minh is most commonly referred to in the west) is most famous for leading the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. He led the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War until his death in 1969; six years later, the war ended with a North Vietnamese victory due to the incompetence of the ARVN of South Vietnam and the lack of support of the Americans after they pulled out in 1973, Vietnamese unification followed and in 1976, Saigon, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor hence his statue at the front of the municipal building.

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Jun 13, 2012

Ho Chi minh Statue (day view)

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Uncle Ho (as Ho Chi Minh is most commonly referred to in the west) is most famous for leading the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. He led the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War until his death in 1969; six years later, the war ended with a North Vietnamese victory due to the incompetence of the ARVN of South Vietnam and the lack of support of the Americans after they pulled out in 1973, Vietnamese unification followed and in 1976, Saigon, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor hence his statue at the front of the municipal building.

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Jun 13, 2012
 
 
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Escape from the motorbikes!

Ho Chi Minh City has some really good parks to relax and escape from the constant din of motorbikes that pervade the city. Tall tropical trees cover the greeneries and some interesting sculptures and ponds to help you reflect and ponder.

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Ramonq
Apr 11, 2012

The statues of Tao Dan Park

When you enter Cong Vien Tao Dan Park on Duong Nguyen Thi Minh Khai side, you are “welcomed” by a strange statue which I still do not know what it represents (first picture): a soldier? (What is he doing?) A scout? This certainly tells a story, but I cannot figure out. . . .
There are apparently marble surpluses in Vietnam, as I have seen lots of white marble statues in other places of Vietnam. . . . . On the East side the park is almost crowded with statues of all sorts of style, shapes, inspiration. . . . . (picture 2); well, you have to slow down your walk and have a look at some of them; some are interesting, like this “maternity” (picture 3), other are funny or really childish in their inspiration like the one on picture 4. I don’t know what Beethoven would think of this (picture 5) bust supposed to represent him; may be it is not him, as the engraved name is BETTHOVEN. . . . . . I would not like this in my garden. . . but sense for beauty is very variable among human. . . . .

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kokoryko
Nov 17, 2008

Tao Dan Park

To the South West of the reunification palace is a big garden where it is agreeable to forget for a while the traffic noise, to walk under huge trees and discover small temples in the green surroundings and some “interesting” modern statues.
In the middle of the park is this little Hindu style temple: Tháp Chãm trong công viên Tao Ðàn (first picture); this little red brick construction under the lush vegetation reminds me shrines of Bali. . . . . as well as does this Shiva with her high cap on this small altar (picture 2).
Another temple, Den Tho - Vua Hung (picture 3), Buddhist, this time, may be worth a visit, as it is quiet here, and the manicured garden and the flowered alleys are just inviting to do so!
When you observe the workers in the garden, it is not a surprise, the gardens look really “manicured”! (picture 4).
And it is interesting to think how in the wet climate of Vietnam, the gardeners manage to maintain a Mediterranean garden with lots of cactuses (picture 5); Walking there is just relaxing and a feast for the eyes!

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kokoryko
Nov 17, 2008

An Oasis in the busy city

HCMC District 1 has many parks, this one is located near my favourite shopping centre: Tax. The park was very green and well kept, extremely contrast with the hustle and bustle (read: motorbikes) in the city centre.

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Mar 23, 2008

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May 25, 2007

Wanna Breathe in the Fresh Air in Saigon?

It's quite impossible to find a place where there's no or low pollution. Motorcycles zipping all over the place, and the honking adds to the noise pollution.

It was great that my hotel was just in front of Tao Dan Park. One of the larger parks in Ho Chi Minh City, walking into the park brings you into another dimension.

Somehow, the noise seems to stop, and the place was a tinge bit cooler. Nice water fountain and big hanging trees adds to the serenity of the place. The park was teeming with life. Older folks were just sitting around for that morning chat; Adults doing their morning exercise "Qi Gong".

To the left of the park was a children playground. It was really impressive in terms of the overall quality of the equipment and the effort that the government has placed on giving the young a place to call their own.

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Aidy_p
Apr 30, 2007

Feel the burn!!

Ho Chi Minh city has many parks for you to go to. It's no wonder the Vietnamese are slim people, I see them at the parks every morning exercising before they go off to work. You wouldn't see an empty park but full of people doing some form of tai-chi, volleyball, badminton, aerobics or jogging

Forget the gym, just go out and join the locals for some healthy fun!

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Jan 27, 2007

Me Linh Square

Me Linh Square is in the middle of a major traffic circle (or traffic half-circle may be more accurate as it is a D shape). From this intersection, seven streets fan out to the north, east, and south. To the west is the Saigon River. There is a statue of Tran Hung Dao, a former president of South Vietnam, the center of this square.

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Jan 19, 2007

Things to Do Near Ho Chi Minh City

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Bitexco Financial Tower

I simply love the BHD Cinema Experience. And they have the best Caramel Popcorn in town! Also for girls who love UK Shopping Brands, they have TopShop, TopMan, Warehouse, etc. over here. For a...
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Diamond Plaza

Not exactly a classic Saigon landmark, but it's a favorite with expats. Inside is a mall that's indistinguishable from an American mall, until you look closely at the products on the shelves. Upstairs...
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Cholon Mosque

The Cholon Mosque in Saigon's Chinatown is representative of the city's small Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim communities. Built in 1932, the blue and white house of worship is an island of simplistic...
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Chinatown

Temple in Cholon (Chinatown). Thien Hau, the lady of the sea is known as Matzu in China and is the chief diety of this temple which sits in the Chinatown of Saigon near the benh thanh market area in...
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Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine

While I confess I'm in the Minchin school when it comes to 'alternative' medicine, the Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine is worth a trip away from the centre. Set over four floors of an...
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Cafe Zoom

WHEN YOU WALK AROUND SAIGON YOU REALLY CANT HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THERE IS QUITE A FEW MOTORBIKES IN THIS BUZZING CITY.. THREE MILLION OR THERE ABOUTS !! THE MOTORBIKES ZOOMING AROUND THE CITY IS A...
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