Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its crowded and noisy streets and the fast paced lifestyle of its residents. Scratch the surface of Saigon a bit and you will find a city that is filled with cultural sites, art exhibitions, public spaces, and water parks. Both Ho Chi Minh City’s expat residents and foreigners travelling through have plenty of activities to choose from whether that’s taking some exercise at a modern facility, finding some live music for the evening or discovering new hobbies.
District 1 used to be the heart of the French Quarter in days past and it shows in many of the buildings commissioned by the French in the past 200 years. Chợ Lớn, or District 5, was the city’s Chinatown before the anti-Chinese backlash of 1978 and was home to a thriving black market during the American War. Nowadays, much of the buildings are gone but dig a little bit and you can find some remnants of the not-quite-gone culture, like the odd Chinese temple and traditional herb shop.
But enough about the past, yes? Let’s get back to the current life, specifically the nightlife.
After a few weeks of living in Ho Chi Minh City, residents may start to get the feeling that there is not much to do on weekends. In reality, quite a lot of things are happening. The key is to get to know people that do things you’re interested in, and where and when said things take place.
With such a diverse range of people and backgrounds that live and work in Ho Chi Minh City, there is a plethora of clubs, societies for everything including games, and even sports events which will ensure that you will never be lonely or bored.
Whether part of Vietnamese group or taken around by international residents, you can expect to see everyone playing together which makes for a wonderful cultural mix.