Trips from Ho Chi Minh City

As with most large cities in Vietnam, the choice of companies offering day trips and excursions is overwhelming and it can be hard to know which one to choose. During our three months in Vietnam, we have found Trip Advisor to be, well, useless. Many glowing reviews seem to be self-promotional (check out how many great reviews are posted by people that have never submitted one before) while damning reviews are commonly submitted on behalf of the competition. Continue reading

The War Remnants Museum

Opened on the 4th of September 1975, the War Remnants Museum has become one of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, with over 500,000 visitors every year. The majority of the exhibits relate to the American phase of the Vietnam War, but some coverage is also given to the French and “Puppet” phases.

A Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter outside the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter outside the War Remnants Museum

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ÀỐ Show, Saigon

The ÀỐ show currently calls the cosy 500 seat Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon Opera House) home. If you are out and about sightseeing in Saigon in the next few months, you can’t miss the giant bamboo basket with the ÀỐ sign in front of the Opera House.

The AO Show, with Bitexco Tower in the background, outside of Saigon Opera House or the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bamboo basket for the AO Show, with the Bitexco Tower in the background


The show, just over an hour long, entertains and delights with dance, acrobatics and musical displays. Designed to re-enact both rural and urban Vietnamese life through the medium of theatre and is accompanied with live traditional Vietnamese music and singing. Continue reading