We were expecting Saigon to be a lot like Hanoi, which is to say so busy that your personal countdown to explosion starts the minute you arrive. We were pleasantly surprised. The pace is crazy and the amount of commerce is intense, but unlike Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) was built for modern-sized human beings. Traffic is crazy but streets are wide. Sidewalks are packed with vendors, but there are less gaping holes to swallow you. There’s also green space throughout the city.
We only allowed ourselves one day in Saigon, get in and get out, which is a shame because we could have easily enjoyed a few days here. We were able to stock up on some new memory cards and other electronic needs, and eat some great food, then it was onto the most pleasant bus ride we’ve had, in months, or maybe ever for that matter.