Long Weekend? Go On A Slow & Steady 3D2N Trip To Saigon

By Amina Fukeerbucus | 04, Mar, 2019
Long Weekend? Go On A Slow & Steady 3D2N Trip To Saigon

What's the next best thing after chocolate ice cream? Let me give you a hint; it's a trip. With this 3D2N itinerary to Ho Chi Minh, get ready to experience a trip that will make you discover and explore the history of the country as well as its gastronomy. And count on us to get you some interesting addresses. Buckle up! Here we go.

Day 1

Cu Chi Tunnels

Start your adventure with a trip back in time, 1948 wartime. Be in the shoes of the Vietnamese soldiers, fighting for the people of Vietnam. During those hectic days, a 120km tunnel was dug underground, having enough space for them to live. Today, the Chu Chi Tunnels is a tourist attraction which shows the lifestyle of soldiers underground. Whilst you venture inside the tunnels, you'll discover living areas and kitchens. Don't forget to keep a lookout for the deadly traps they built for their enemies.

**Disclaimer: Visitors with a tendency of being claustrophobic or may experience breathing problems should abstain from going inside the tunnel.

Lunch at Shamsudin Cu Chi Restaurant

Credit: Halal Food - Shamsudin Restaurant on Facebook

After spending all morning outdoor at Chu Chi Tunnels, it's time to fuel up and hit the road for lunch! Located 20 mins away by car, Shamsuding Cu Chi Restaurant serves Malaysian dishes such as fried rice, traditional dishes, seafood and many more. Don't worry about your prayers! There are small rooms for visitors to perform their prayers. 

Address: Nhà hàng gần trung tâm Q.1 địa chỉ tại 53 Hồ Hảo Hớn, P.Cô Giang, Q.1, Tp HCM và 761A Tinh Lo 15, Ben Dinh, Xa Nhuan Duc, Huyen Cu Chi. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6.30AM to 10.30 AM (Daily)
Contact No.: +84 90 339 94 30


After a scrumptious meal, time to head back to the hotel and freshen up! Maybe you could even squeeze in a nap before dinner and your shopping spree at the Ben Thanh Market. 

Dinner at Musa Kariem Restaurant

Located along Malaysia Street, Musa Kariem Restaurant is definitely our favorite halal restaurant so far! They serve a mix of Malaysian cuisine, Thai cuisine,  and the local Vietnamese cuisine as well! Expect good food at affordable prices. Not to mention, they also come in filling portion sizes.

Address: 47 Nguyễn An Ninh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6AM to 11.30PM (Daily)
Contact No.: +84 28 3823 9288


Cua Tay Ben Thanh Market

Shop, shop & shop! In this part of Saigon, women go craaaazy over the cheap tailoring services. When you enter the market you'll find souvenirs that you can bring back home after your holiday. However, further in, you'll find tailoring services that offer a wide range of cloth together with tailoring services that absolutely affordable. Most tourist flock to this part of Saigon to splurge on tailor mad ethnic costumes such as the traditional Baju Kurung. Now, don't be surprised! These tailors are so efficient that they will be able to deliver your completed costume the next day to your hotel!

Day 2

Mekong Delta

Who doesn't enjoy a boat ride? Well, at the Mekong Delta, you're going to find much more than just a regular boat ride. The Mekong Delta is a floating market where you can find all kinds of fruits and flowers. Ride along this 40,000 square km long river and discover the originality of the markets which are by the way huge contributors to the economy of the country. 

Halal Mekong Restaurant

Hop on a tour package for today and sail your way to the Halal Mekong Restaurant. This restaurant mostly caters to large tour groups or family. They serve Malaysian cuisines that are prepared warm for you.

Address: Thới Sơn, Châu Thành District, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 8AM to 6PM (Daily)


Then, head back to the hotel after spending the whole morning exploring the rural areas of Saigon. Get a quick bath and a nap before really diving into the real Ben Thanh Night Market!

Dinner at Halal @ Saigon

Located in District 1, Halal @ Saigon offers Vietnamese, Malaysian as well as Vegetarian Food. With dishes ranging from 50,000Đ (SGD 3) to 370,000Đ (SGD 21), Halal @ Saigon is perfect if you want a sharing meal or a one-serving meal. 

Address: 31 Đông Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Daily)
Contact: 0901 442 773

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Banh Tahn Market

We all travel to find unique souvenirs and discover the culture of a country. Banh Tahn Market happens to be the place to find local crafts, branded goods, and souvenirs. Don't hesitate to walk through the different stalls and discover what the Vietnamese lifestyle has to offer. And if you want to enjoy some local food, you'll find food stalls all around to enjoy the local cuisine. But the best part is at night, the whole market is magically transformed into a vibrant place at night, buzzing with life.

Don't forget to get yourself a cup of Vietnamese Ice Coffee! You'll find a few sellers by the road with their mobile push cart.

Day 3

War Remnant Museum

If you want to travel back in time and understand those days when the war was still deeply anchored on the Vietnamese ground, look no further. Opened in 1975, the War Remnant Museum is a historical gem that has more than 20,000 documents and artifact, all providing a close look-up to the consequences of war. You will get to see films, as well as exhibits based on the theme of the day.

Address: 28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 7.30AM to 12.30PM | 1.30PM to 5PM  
Contact No.: +84 28 3930 5587

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Pho Muslim

After tiring walks in the sun and sightseeing, end off your day with some local food prepared with all the goodness that Vietnam has to offer. If you want to enjoy a good meal and have a culinary experience, Pho Muslim is the place to be. Get lazy and cozy at this small local restaurant which will surely maze you with its Vietnamese soups and for the more daring ones, you can order the spicy squid.

Address: TK25/18 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Cầu Kho, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 6AM to 12PM | 4AM to 10PM (Daily)
Contact No.: +84 90 879 71 58

Lastly, to end off your trip, explore Ho Chi Minh City and walk along its busy streets. There you go! Have fun on your Ho Chi Minh City getaway!

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