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Vietnam Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City

Traveling Made Fun in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Old Meets New in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is still also given its colonial French name of Saigon, and the French influence really shows in this modern Asian city. With a Notre Dame Cathedral and a fabulously ornate central post office designed by Gustave Eiffel, there’s a definite old-meets-new, East-meets-West vibe here. Famous for its Pho (delicious -and healthy- Vietnamese soup), Ho Chi Minh City is filled with beautiful sights and attractions which range from the indulgent to the daring (a high-quality manicure or spa experience can be obtained for the loose change in your pocket, while lightning-fast motorbike tours through crowded backstreets will definitely make for an experience to remember).

 

Female Travel Companions while Traveling in Vietnam

Sometimes there’s nothing more liberating than travelling alone – and lengthy trips can work as a form of therapy or self-discovery following trauma or loss. This has proven a popular theme in novels and films in recent times: think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s divorce/travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love, or of Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar-nominated performance in Wild. Other times, though, women may feel a sense of solidarity and companionship in finding a female travel partner or travel companion to accompany them on their trip. From sipping glasses of fermented scorpion wine to bagging bargains at the 3,000 stalls of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market, a travel buddy not only offers someone to watch your back, but also someone to share your new experiences with.

 

Fun and Safety in Ho Chi Minh City with a Travel Companion

They say that there’s safety in numbers, and it’s certainly true that going around with a travel companion can make you feel more comfortable and secure, particularly if you want to go out and make the most of Ho Chi Minh’s nightlife. Pham Ngu Lao Street is the city’s backpackers’ quarter, and in this area the music and parties continue well into the small hours. Equally, sophisticated times are to be had in the city’s upmarket rooftop bars, and who better to share the good times with than a like-minded travel companion?

 

Cooking Classes, Architecture & Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese food is undoubtedly amazing, and some of the city’s better cooking classes will take you to local markets to source fresh food, before a local chef shows you how to prepare Vietnamese classics such as summer rolls- and you’ll likely be given a pack to take home so you can recreate the dishes for your friends. If you have a travel blog, you’ll definitely want to write about the city’s museums: the War Remnants Museum offers some serious reminders of the grim recent past for many local people, while Lam Son Square’s colonial French architecture (and great cocktails at the chi-chi Hotel Continental) are a must-see. A travel companion means you’ll have more fun while you take it all in, while a visit to the Thien Hau Pagoda will definitely remind you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore.

 

Find your female travel companion for your next trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with our app Tourlina

 

A Ho Chi Minh City tour:

Municipal Theatre in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City
Scooter traffic in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Scooter traffic in Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Pagoda in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Market impressions
Market impressions

Vietnam Highlight: Phu Quoc Island

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island Paradise

 

Vietnam Highlight - Phu Quoc
Vietnam Highlight – Phu Quoc

With some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, it’s surprising that more people don’t know about Phu Quoc Island – but that’s all about to change. Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, this tropical paradise is one of the tourist industry’s best kept secrets. Some 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and part of an archipelago of 22 islands, it is ringed by bays of white sand and turquoise waters. More than half of the island is covered with jungle and mountains, with fishing villages and fancy resorts dotting its stunning coastline. However change is on the horizon for this once-sleepy backwater with extensive tourist development planned by 2020. If you want to experience this idyllic beach escape, going with a travel companion could be so much more fun. Sharing costs can work out cheaper and it’s also safer when going to destinations a bit off the beaten track. Some people don’t like travelling alone; that’s why we have developed our app Tourlina for women seeking an interesting female travel companion. After all, having someone along can make your vacation a more exciting and unforgettable experience.

 

Phu Quoc is a favourite with beach lovers from around the globe

Phu Quoc is the largest of all Vietnam’s islands. At 48 kilometres long, you can drive from north to south in an hour or so. Most of the coastline in the north is untouched and this part of the island is heavily forested and includes Phu Quoc National Park, popular for hiking, wildlife viewing and motor biking. Most tourists head to Bai Truong, Long Beach and Tran Hung Dao where most of the hotels are located. Phu Quoc is a favourite for sun seekers wanting to get away from it all, kick back and relax and this isn’t surprising because the beaches are second to none. Most of the resorts are along the palm-lined southwest coast. Two of the island’s prettiest beaches are Sao and Dam, near An Thoi, the fishing town on the island’s southern tip, a jumping off point to visit the small islands to the south of Phu Quoc.

 

Phu Quoc has something for everyone

Having a travelling companion comes in handy for slapping on the sunscreen, but if you get fed up soaking up the rays and are feeling a bit more adventurous there’s plenty for you and your travel buddy to do. The average water temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you and your travel companion like aquatic fun, Phu Quoc’s ideal weather and calm waters are ideal for water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, jet-skiing and wind sailing popular. The best places to find these are resorts on Long Beach and on Bao Sao beach at My Lan Resort. After a day at the beach, Phu Quoc has other entertainment options to tempt you and your holiday companion including bars, restaurants and nightclubs and there will be more as tourism develops. If you like to soak up local atmosphere, look no further than Duong Dong’s lively market. In the centre of the island, Duong Dong is the largest town and is the best area for shopping.

 

If you are looking for a holiday partner to join you at this tropical paradise, download our app Tourlina.

 

Phu Quoc’s Long Beach:

Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Long Beach
Phu Quoc - Resort at Long Beach
Phu Quoc – Resort at Long Beach

Scooter trip to the North of Phu Quoc:

Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - scooter trip
Phu Quoc – scooter trip
Phu Quoc - Resort
Phu Quoc – Resort
Hotel terrace
Hotel terrace