Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Hall, officially called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Head Office is the city hall of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The hall was built in 1902–1908 in a French colonial style. Since 1975, the building has housed the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Although the building is not open to the public, it is popular for its photo opportunities. Tourists can take photographs outside and many people choose to do this at night when the building and its grounds are lit up.

Vietnam Live Seafood

When coming to a coastal city like Nha Trang, we must try fresh live seafood here. This place is a paradise for seafood lovers and Nha Trang seafood is amazingly tasty. We ordered live lobsters, mud crabs, mantis prawns, sea urchins, flower crabs and clams.

Vietnam Charcoal Steamboat & BBQ

In Vietnam it’s quite easy to end up dining in an authentic Vietnamese restaurant that offers not only an array of classic dishes but also the choice of steamboat or charcoal BBQ. The flaming coconut prawns were awesome.

Saigon Central Post Office, Vietnam

Saigon Central Post Office is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Built around 1886 – 1891 when Vietnam was part of French Indochina and based on the design of Gustave Eiffel, a famous French architect, together with his collaborator Alfred Foulhoux, it is the largest post office in Vietnam and a must-go tourist attraction for centuries.

What makes it different from any other post offices is that Saigon Central Post Office is a combination, a mixture, of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, which fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.

Standing in front of Saigon Central Post Office for the first time, visitors may feel that they’re brought back to 20th century railway station in Europe rather than a post office in an Asian country due to its glamorous design considering its arched windows creatively designed with engaged piers, green window shutters or the main entrance with intricate ironwork. The facade retaining cubic structure with the arches above the entrance has recorded the names and faces of the characters, representatives of French celebrities. Among these names is the President of the United States Benjamin Franklin, the Italian inventor Alessandro Volta, the British physicist Michael Faraday, French mathematician André-Marie Ampère, Gay Lussac, Oerstedt, Ohm, Arago, Galvani, Foucault, and Laplace. Together with the names and the faces, there are also some inscriptions, which he would like to dedicate these illustrious characters related to discoveries and advances in the field of electricity.

Mia Resort Nha Trang ✯✯✯✯✯, Vietnam

The 50-room Mia Resort Nha Trang is a 5-star luxury boutique resort in a cliffside location with stunning sea views, 30 minutes outside of Nha Trang. Chic, airy condos and villas have ocean views, plus some have private plunge pools and outdoor showers. There are two restaurants on-site serving Vietnamese and Western cuisine (and free breakfast), as well as an excellent spa, an infinity-edge pool, and a stretch of beautiful private beach. The fitness center is pleasant, but offers a limited selection of equipment, and the hotel operates a free, but infrequent, shuttle service to Nha Trang.

St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi Vietnam

First, St Joseph’s Cathedral was temporarily built of wood. The construction of St Joseph’s Cathedral took place from 1884 to 1887, and during this time it was built of brick and plastered by concrete. The church was said to look like a small simulation of Notre Dame de Paris with multiple representative features of Gothic Revival architecture. 

St Joseph’s Cathedral, or “The Big Church” familiarly called by the locals, is one of the first structures constructed by French colonists during their expansion in Indochina and still intact in Hanoi after two fierce wars.

During the French Colonial period, Catholicism was propagated widely and St Joseph’s Cathedral became the center of Catholicism in North Vietnam. There were daily, weekly ceremonies organizing in the church at that time. The church was a place not only welcoming thousands of Catholics in the north of Vietnam but also hiding and catering Vietnamese revolution soldiers.