Why Ho Chi Minh City should be every bleisure traveller’s next stop?

Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Busines tourismWith centuries of self-governance, culture, and civilization, Vietnam today stands as one of the highest developing tourism destinations in the Asia Pacific region. ITE HCMC 2017 hosted in the Ho Chi Minh city calls to look at the top five reasons to see why to visit Ho Chi Minh City.


Business tourism

The growth of tourism in Ho Chi Minh is creating opportunities for the hospitality market, especially the mid-end and high-end segments, and is serving as one of the major contributing factors in welcoming international tourists and delegates. ITE HCMC 2017 themed ‘Your Gateway to Tourism in Asia’, continues to be one of the most important and established international travel events in Vietnam and the region, further promoting Vietnam’s tourism and enhancing the development of the tourism industry regionally and globally. With the excellent services in the tourism and hospitality industry in the Mekong region, bleaisure travellers will find more than one reason to come back to this city.


Reach a man’s heart through food

vietnam cuisine

Come out from your sheltered choices of Asian diet with meat and two vegetables. Modern Vietnamese food has strong influence of one of Europe’s most famous cuisines.

Franco-Vietnamese relations started as early as the 17th century, with the arrival of Catholic missionaries in Vietnam. But it didn’t end there. France would eventually colonize Vietnam and Cambodia, forming the Indochinese Union in 1887, which would solidify French influence in Vietnam for the next 70 years. Naturally enough, the gastronomic tradition could not avoid the influence. However, an ideal Vietnamese cuisine boasts of the perfect balance of spice, sour, bitter, salt and sweet. While these characteristics of Vietnamese cuisine predate French influence, they’re integral to understanding Vietnamese as a whole. Pho, Banh mi, paté chaud, Dăm bông etc. are some of the famous Vietnamese dishes to crave for.


Shopping local


Local crafts always bring out some of the most traditional features which otherwise are not much seen or felt in the millennial generation. A tour to the handicraft shops is thus one of the indigenous options for travellers to get to see the age-old customs and traditional artwork of the region. Lacquer wares; marble products, silver-coated wares, art ceramics, and hand-embroidered gifts are some of the best gift you can take back home for your dear ones. Also, Ho chi Minh and Vietnam at large support and practise sustainable tourism which is why the regional art places a pivotal role in the tourism business.



Spa tourism

Manicure and pedicure shops are everywhere, particularly around the Pham Ngu Lao area, and most are open late into the night. Happily, some will even serve you a glass of wine or offer a massage, and a basic treatment will probably cost you less than presumably anywhere in the Southeast Asian region.


More attractions

Although the Saigon River has serious pollution issues, a Bonsai dinner cruise is still a unique experience.


Designed and built by French architect Gustave Eiffel, the Gothic-styled Saigon Central Post Office began its life in 1886 and remains one of the country’s most celebrated structures. the neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is equally impressive.


dress of vietnamThe beauty of women dressed in ao dai always leaves a deep impression on foreign visitors to Vietnam. Ao dai is made individually to fit each customer’s shape to create the most graceful possible look. The pants should reach the soles of the feet and flow along the floor.



Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, which is also known as Saigon Opera House is a perfect example of  French Colonial architecture in Vietnam. built in 1898 by the French architect – Eugene Ferret, the theatre is now a venue for many high profile events and cultural – entertainment activities of the city.


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