The Vibrant Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) City, Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) – a vibrant and culture-rich city in the southern part of Vietnam.

My sneak peek from my window seat of the beautiful Ho Chi Minh at night.

Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer for every unique experience you are looking for. There’s a lot of story and history to learn and explore in this part of the country of Vietnam.

Colorful and yummy sticky rice along the Night Market

About Food

A strip of tasty and yummy street food stalls are available along the local markets like Binh Tanh and the Night Market.

Vietnam is known for their flavorful coffee so it will be best to try their local coffee, I personally like their iced coffee with milk after a long day of walking around the city and the hot coffee with sweetened milk in the morning.

And of course who would miss to try the very famous Pho when you are in this country.

Best Time to Visit

Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical kind of climate and that makes their weather warm throughout the year and is divided with wet and dry season.

Their wet season  is around the month of May through mid of October and dry season is from late October to April. Keep in mind that from March to April can get very hot.

The best season to go is around December until February through December can be very crowded as tourists tend to visit this time of the year.

We’ve visited Vietnam for few times and each visit was on different season. When we visited during the month of July, late afternoon rain and drizzles until the evening time made our stay not so enjoyable. So plan ahead if you want to make the most of your time while there.

Going Around

There are different ways to go around Ho Chi Minh. You can ride a cyclo and ride like a local. This is a great way to see the city and they will take you to the famous spots and historical sites.

Just please take a lot of caution when getting cyclos along the road as they can be dishonest with their price.

For example, they will approach you and tell you that this is the price for getting around, then they will bring you to a couple of spots only and then after a few minutes of riding, they will stop to a very quiet street and then they will try to ask for the money that you thought you have agreed with, of course you will pay them with what you thought the price was but they will ask for more and tell you that the price is double with what they said to you earlier and they will force you to give them money.

Better get the cyclos from the guesthouses you are checking in as they can assist you with it.

You can explore the place by foot, they have open pathways that are safe to walk and one of the best way to see and explore Ho Chi Minh City and the local’s everyday lifestyle.

Ho Chi Minh is pretty easy to familiar with. Locals are very helpful and are willing to assist you. Tourist information are available everywhere.

Crossing the street in Ho Chi Minh can be quite scary.


Vietnamese Dong (VND) is their local currency. 1 US$ = 20,000VND is the rough estimate we are using. Money exchanger services are mostly available around.


Hostels, and guesthouses are very easy to find around the city. One room is around 15-20$ for a double bedroom.

Ho Chi Minh is fairly a safe city for tourist but extra caution is still advised as there have been reports of robbery and theft. Make sure you do not flaunt your valuables when you travel not just to this place but to any place you are visiting.

I would still recommend you visit this part of Vietnam for a great South East Asian experience!


Conquering the Majestic Mount Apo of the Philippines

The view from the foot of Mt. Apo

Mount Apo – the highest mountain in the Philippines is located in Davao del Sur.

The trek is a bit treacherous and exhausting but once you reach the top, you can’t help but just be amazed by its beauty.


We took the Kapatagan trail where we stopped here at the Sitio Baras for registration. Make sure that you stop by to register and pay for the entrance and environmental fee.

Although this is a bit much for a fee but having your name registered makes it more safer for you as a climber. This is to keep the government aware and they will be able to help you in case there is danger. For this climb, we paid 1,500Php/person for a back trail and they will give you a certificate afterwards.

Start of the trail.

From the jumpoff site, you need to endure the burning heat of the sun to get to the forest where it is more cooler as the trees gives shade.

Traversing along the rocky boulder of Mt. Apo.

A foggy entrance to the boulder of Mt. Apo makes it more challenging to hike as you won’t be able to see what is ahead and the direction from the place you are standing is not clear.


After a backbreaking and arduous journey, we set foot on the top of the Mt. Apo. This view makes all the struggle of climbing this majestic mountain all worthwhile.

The Sand Dunes of Vietnam

img_5150The white and red sand dunes of Vietnam is located in Mui Ne – a small village in the coastal port city named Phan Thiet.


The scorching heat of the sun in Muine where you will find the beautiful sand dunes of Vietnam.

img_5143The herd of cows crossing the desert.




For my next blog, I will be talking more about Mui Ne of  Phan Thiet, Vietnam and will give you more information about this amazing place.

It is not only the sand dunes that are interesting here but there are a lot more things that you can do and explore in this town so watch out for my next blog post!