We returned to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for a day at the end of our travels in Vietnam. After a month traveling, the city that seemed impossible to navigate when we first came here now feels familiar. We know the neighborhood and how to get around – the city is still big and busy, but it’s no longer overwhelmingly strange and busy.
To celebrate this last evening in Vietnam, we spend the evening walking (and photographing) the city.
While the streets around our hotel are interesting, the newly created Nguyen Hue pedestrian mall provides a better view of the variety of (well-lit) buildings that fill the heart of the city, from the flashy new Bitexco Tower to the classic French Opera House. It is also the go-to place for an evening promenade, drawing tourists and local residents alike.
The evening air is soft and balmy, the lights are fun, and the people sharing the streets with us are relaxed and cheerful. It’s hard to say goodnight, but there is much to do before we fly out tomorrow. With one last look up at the Bitexco tower from the ground (it sweeps into the sky just outside the window of my hotel room), we head back to the Au Lac 2 Hotel.
The hotel is fully decorated for the season; its cheerful welcome makes it easier to turn our backs on the lovely evening.
I know I will miss this city.