After experiencing a rather painful previous first day on our Mekong Delta Tour, our hopes weren’t exactly high for day 2. Initially, we had pictured the Mekong Delta Tour to be enriched with history, culture, and a raw glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the surrounding villages. Unfortunately, the sights that we saw and things that we did were gimmicky and made solely for the purpose of tourists, which was something we wanted to completely avoid. Here’s what you can expect on day 2 of this tour..
Ho Chi Minh City is a mess of people, motorbikes, and pedestrian unfriendly streets, making it rather difficult to source out and navigate your way to basically anywhere in the city via foot. I stayed in District 1 on Pham Ngu Lao Road, which was close to a lot of action: restaurants, bars, “clubs”, and the like. I was particularly close to Bui Vien Street, which is a bustling street filled with tourists (without sidewalks, of course), and on my first night of wandering around to find somewhere to eat I spotted a queue outside of a restaurant. My foodie-senses instantly turned on and I had to check it out. Thankfully I did, as Bun Cha turned out to be one of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
When I told friends I would be making a quick stop in Ho Chi Minh City during my Vietnam travels, one of the first suggestions I received was to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Having nothing else pulling my attention in the city, I decided to make the day-long trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used during the Vietnam War as a means for Viet Cong soldiers to hide in during battle. The tunnel system covers a large area of Vietnam and was critical in helping the Vietnamese soldiers fight against the Americans. While I do find the history behind the Cu Chi Tunnels incredibly interesting, the tour lacked authenticity, making the experience rather dull and overwhelmingly “touristy”.