Going to HCMC tomorrow for the first time and was wondering which area is the best place to stay so that you might bump into a few fellow travellers along the way?? I'm totally clueless at the moment...too lazy to open my lonely planet!! Any info greatly appreciated.
Ho Chi Minh's backpacker district is Pham Ngu Lao, which has loads of hotels, bars, restaurants and travel agents. In this area you will find mini hotel alley, which, as the name suggests, is full of tiny budget hotels. i stayed here and got a tiny but spotless windowless room for $8! there are also some nice places to eat up this alley, and at least one travel agent which can book tours for you.
don't miss a visit to the cu chi tunnels while you are in HCMC.
I will definitely be going to see the cu chi tunnells but it sounds sooo clostraphobic! I went to the catacombs in paris and although they weren't as bad as I thought they would be I cant imagine crawling through something half the size!
believe or not it doesn't feel too bad in those tunnels because you only do a tiny stretch at time, and I am very claustrophobic - i don't even like going in lifts!
parts of the tunnels have been made bigger for tourists, so its amazing to think of what they must have been like.
I went through the shortest section of the Cu Chi tunnels and could not wait to get out. But, I urge you to do it anyway. It is not that far and you can see daylight soon after getting into the tunnels. That helps. You know how far you have to crawl.
When you find out how many hundreds of kilometers they dug by hand, it really is amazing. I do have a few Cu Chi tunnel photos in my gallery. Have a great time while in VN.