City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (PhotoDisc)

View from hotel of Saigon, Vietnam (Nathan Borchelt)

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What to do in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

You say Ho Chi Minh City, I say Saigon. But whatever you do, don’t say American. While it’s understandable how the Vietnamese feel after the Vietnam War, it doesn’t exactly make for a warm welcome. Luckily, getting around HCMC is not difficult, even with no help from the locals. The two hardest things to grasp are the incessant rain and the moped-laden streets. Combine the two and make some lemonade from those lemons on a cruise, a popular way for visitors to escape the bustling city and its hazards. Though you’ll easily find the wide boulevards filled with enough water to float a boat, a day trip along the Mekong Delta is a much prettier option. Go for less commitment, like a dinner cruise along the Saigon River, leaving enough time to visit the War Remnants Museum, which offers another side to the country’s complicated history.

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