Travel around Saigon on a weekend afternoon

Last update 13:00 | 13/04/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Sitting on the corner of Turtle Lake and chatting with friends, eating snacks, taking a stroll in 30/4 park, and looking at the old church under the sunshine will add interest to your weekend in Saigon. 

HCM City is known for the busy pace of life, but behind those scenes are peaceful corners. At Notre Dame Cathedral, where cars surround the area, you can stand or sit at any corner to experience the atmosphere.

Opposite the church, more than 100 meters is the City’s Post Office, which attracts many foreign tourists visiting each day.

With distinctive architecture, the building is outstanding with arched doorways and a unique roof.

Currently, the post office has been remodeled and wearsa new shirt of paint.

Tourists here will find memories of old Saigon, and will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Duong Van Ngo – who has more than 60 years at the post office.

Tourists can also sit on a cyclo to explore streets in the center. If lucky, you will hear interesting stories about the city from drivers.

The activity chosen by most young people is to sit chatting in the 30/4 park (Han Thuyen Park). It is called “coffee on the ground” by youth.

After finding a suitable seat, you call for a cup of Saigon coffee to enjoy. You will hear cheerful sounds of life, from the noise of vehicles, birds singing, people talking, to crying sound of street vendors. Sometimes you also hear the sound of a guitar somewhere nearby.

Beside the park is a commercial center. Tourists come here to shop, see movies, dining, etc. On special occasions or changing season, this building has fancy exterior décor. The colorful images and eye-catching layout has left a strong impression on many people.

You can choose Turtle Lake as the last stop on the trip. Sitting on a high location, in an airy space with cool breezes you will have a relaxing weekend afternoon.

In particular, it is known for delicious and cheap street food. The food here is very diverse, in line with the preferences of the young as fried corn, mixed rice cake, fried fish ball, etc.

The highlight is that you just need to say what you want to eat and then find a place to sit; they will serve you right at your seat.

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The turtle lake

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30/4 Park

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“bet coffee” in 30/4 Park

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Notre Dame Cathedral

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Saigon Post Office

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Mr. Duong Van Ngo


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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