Exploring Saigon – District 1

sunsetd1Living in an area that has literally everything you need has its perks. I don’t have to travel far to go to the gym, get groceries, see some awesome sights, get a massage or pedicure. But this also means that I’ve become quite comfortable in my little neighborhood and haven’t really ventured that much outside of Phu My Hung, which is tragic considering all the amazingness that Saigon has to offer.

The past 2 weekends have changed that though. Johnny and I planned date days to see outside of our little area and go explore more of Ho Chi Minh City. Somewhat like Paris, HoChi Minh City is split into different districts, with district 1 (D1), being the city center, where most of the tourist attractions, best bars, best coffee shops, and best shopping are. The first time I went to D1, I was completely overwhelmed. All of the stereotypes about Saigon were blatant… motorbikes coming at you from every direction, horns blaring, tons of pollution. I nearly had a panic attack trying to cross a busy intersection. I don’t think I was really in the mood the first time I went, and was a tad bit overwhelmed. We did manage to see a bit of the historical sites: the Notre Dame cathedral, the Saigon post office, the opera house, and the backpacker district. The second time we ventured out was a blast. I think because I’d already experienced what sort of chaos goes down in D1 that I was a little bit more prepared. We went shopping near Ben Thanh market, had drinks and watched the sunset at the BITEXCO building, ate banh mi on the side of the street, snapped photos of everything, and found a topshop where I bought some amazing leather sandals (thank god!).

Saigon is just such a beautiful city. I love the architecture, the lush greenery, the friendly people, the food. I’m just so happy to be here. The job hunt will be starting soon though, so I gotta take advantage of all the free time I have, while I have it. Hope you enjoy the photos! And in the meantime, let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see on the blog – info about Saigon, new beauty reviews, more photos, more daily life stuff. I have a ton of reviews in the pipeline, but I also want to focus on the travel side of my blog too. Let me know in the comments any ideas or questions that you have!

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