Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its crowded and noisy streets and the fast paced lifestyle of its residents. Scratch the surface a bit and you will find a city that is filled with cultural sites, art exhibitions, public spaces, and water parks.
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 D5, 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 the odd Chinese temple and traditional herb shop.
After a few weeks of living in HCMC, 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 HCMC, there is a plethora of clubs and societies which will ensure that you will never be lonely or bored.
Whether part of Vietnamese origin or brought here by international residents, you can expect to see everyone playing together which makes for a wonderful cultural mix.