We only explored the city of Ho Chi Minh in our 4th day because we opt to cover the further places first. Also, since our 4th day falls on a Sunday, we wanted to include in our itinerary hearing mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. Originally, cyclo tour was part of our 2nd day itinerary, however, it was already late when we arrived Ho Chi Minh City and our tour guide told us that it is better to have the cyclo tour during early morning.
We just sat there and enjoyed cyclo tour for 45 mins exploring the city. While having this trip, I noted down some of the shops that caught my attention and decided to go back there during my free time.
TIP: Remember to put sunblock if you are going to do this activity.
Our trip ended at the Notre Dame Cathedral just in time for us to hear mass.
We arrived at the cathedral, past 9 in the morning. The English mass starts at 9:30.
Just outside the cathedral, a lot of couples taking their wedding photos.
After hearing mass, we visited the Saigon Post Office just across the cathedral.
Afterwards, we went to see the Reunification Museum, the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975.
The walls are hung with maps documenting the war situation in the South.
This helicopter is here at the ready for the President’s use. The 2 red circles painted on the helipad mark the spot where a bomb load was dropped on the Palace during the war.
We had our lunch at KFC after the tour of the Reunification Palace. Out next destination is the Emperor Jade Pagoda (Phuoc Hai – one of the most interesting pagodas in Vietnam).
See the spiral thing below, you first need to make a wish, write it on a pink paper. Attached the pink paper to the spiral thing, then hang it in the air. The tour guide said that the spiral thing lasts for one week.
Next, we transferred to the War Remnants Museum.
Our last stop for Day 4 is to watch the Water Puppet Show.
The show is in Vietnamese language so we really didn’t understand what they are saying. Good thing, there’s a printed copy of the program flow that you can get at the entrance so you can understand what was happening.