First Time in VIETNAM – Exploring Ho Chi Minh City



We landed in bustling Ho Chi Minh City for our first time in Vietnam! We had a great time exploring Ho Chi Minh City and will be traveling Vietnam for the next 28 days. Without a real plan, we visited Ho Chi Minh Square to learn some history of Ho Chi Minh City. We also played frogger with the thousands of motorbikes trying to cross the streets, haha.

Our first stop after the 2 hour travel to Vietnam from Malaysia was Ho Chi Minh Square. We got stopped by some local Vietnamese scouts who tried to help teach us a Vietnamese language phrase. We sucked really badly but they were nice and persistent. Finally, Ryan spoke Vietnamese! Ho Chi Minh Square is located in District 1 Saigon which is right in the middle of the city. District 1 Ho Chi Minh City is also the main tourist hub in HCM, Vietnam.

We aren’t sure if it’s better to call the city Saigon Vietnam or Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, so please leave us a comment down below and let us know which one is correct! While walking the streets and exploring Ho Chi Minh City, we got thirsty and decided to try Vietnamese coffee for the first time. Stacia loved the Vietnamese coffee but since it’s 2x stronger than regular coffee she couldn’t finish the whole thing.

Before finding the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh, we decided we wanted to get a feel for local life in Saigon. We quickly saw that the traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is a BIG part of daily life so we decided to test our luck crossing the busy streets. I can’t put into words how busy the streets of Saigon are, so you’ll just have to watch the video to see for yourself. It was a true frogger moment!

Being Americans in Vietnam, we are very interested in the war history of the Vietnam War. We were told there is an American War museum we need to check out which we will do off camera to spare sharing some deep emotional stuff with you guys. There are so many things to do in Saigon we can’t wait to explore the city for the month! If you have any suggestions for things to do in Vietnam, please leave a comment down below.

We have uploaded Vietnamese subtitles for any of you who would like to read in Vietnamese. We hope to hear from you guys in the comments and thanks for watching our first Vietnam travel vlog!

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  • Nha Trang, my mom home town

    Kim Huynh May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • My sister harvested the vegetable then boiled it. I am boiling the vegetable then chopped it up.

    You Tube May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Ok, the temps are nice….what month was this video recorded ? Thx !

    Charles Moore May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • The large community of the Vietnamese people who think Ho Chi Minh is a terrible communist dictator still call the country Saigon

    Sharon Ton May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • The traffic looks really dangerous, but actually the driver looks out for the pedestrian. As long as you keep moving at a slow pace, people will look out for you.

    InfinityOrchid May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • những chia se rất hay về việt nam thank you

    Hương Lúa Việt Nam - PHT May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Just back from Vietnam. You definitely show the 20% great bits of HCMC but not so much of the 80% nightmarish bits! Glad to get out of there and to the beautiful rest of the country. My ears and my lungs thanked me for only staying there 3 days.

    Adrian Tyrrell May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • I am vietnam people
    And i also love vietnamese food
    I watch this clip so late

    Nghị Định May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Lmao crossing the street😁

    Shaolin Monk May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • 🙂 fine sense of humor, thanks, cant imagine saigon means such stuff

    Thieu Hoa Phan May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Saigon was the name before 1975 and it was renamed Ho Chi Minh city after the Vietcong took over. Fuck the Vietcongs.

    H Nguyen May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • We Indians love Vietnam we appreciate your victory over China and USA .You are beautiful people.Long live Vietnam 🇻🇳 Long live India 🇮🇳🙏🙏

    Suraj Kumar Singh May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Dalats welcome everybody. If you come to Dalat in Vietnam, please call me to know more places to eat, have fun, hotel, homestay,… I really like making friends with people in the world. My facebook's Buu Tai Vo. Thanks.

    Bửu Tài Võ May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Where are d ladyboys??

    Tito jay Boy May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • I checked about 10 times sporadically throughout video.
    Each time it was on host not subject of Vietnam.
    Was hoping to see beauty of Vietnam. Maybe consider this in future filming.

    Steve Rose May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Thank you for visiting our dear Vietnam

    Mao Mao May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Go visit the theme park, it’s beautiful there and my house is nearby but I don’t know what’s the address

    Asian Noob With Random Stray Hat May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • I love vietnam

    148209 Dvd May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Bọn em luôn gọi là Sài Gòn ạ

    Vi Le May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • If you think the traffic is bad there then you need to go to Delhi in India

    Colin Mclaughlin May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Saigon it is. …

    P N May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Saigon was the original name till 1975…

    TheLast Mohican May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Going back to Vietnam February 2021 for the new year . I will fly into Saigon and then spend a month not far from Can Tho. I have been there before but the following year I plan to spend a month in Hoi An have you been there ? My friend highly recommends it and her photos look amazing.

    Terry Breedlove May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Can you stop by and say F U uncle Hồ for me? Tell him to go to hel! 2 million Vietnamese died in the war, hundred thousand died in ocean escaping Vietnam. Just because he wants to turn the whole Vietnam into a Commie state.

    Minh Bạch channel May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • My Mom say at summer I will go to vietnam And YOU NEED TO TRY dang nang!!!!is amazing!

    BAO VY TRANNGOC May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Uncle Ho went to USA but he did not kill or harm any American, only American came and killed millions of Vietnamese

    philip lee May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Im from Vietnam 🇻🇳

    Stacy Hoang May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Saigon sucks. It is better to be in Nha Trang or Da Nang.

    Vu Truong May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • Your comments on ho chi Minh are entirely inaccurate. Ho chi min died far before the end of the war. Very early in the war he began to lose influence on the decisions and direction of his independence movement. It very quickly was out of his hands.

    Barry O'Sullivan May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • CHỊ LẶT RAU RỒI LUỘC / The sister harvested the vegetable then steam it.

    EM LUỘC RAU RỒI LẶT/ I steam the vegetable then hervest it.

    Gowest May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • WAS SAIGON BECAME HO CHI MINH AFTER THE WAR ENDED IN 1975. It is Ho Chi Minh City.

    Gowest May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • 7:38
    Oh you haven't seen it yet
    It's gets crazy if you visited Vietnam in a soccer season
    (PS: why soccer aren't called football i mean it's foot and ball⚽, football 🏈 not even using foot that much! )

    Zander Nguyễn May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • I am in Vietnam but i wish i live in the big city like Ho Chi Minh city

    Zander Nguyễn May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
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  • Chỉ lặt rau rồi lọc mean my sister've harvested the vegetable then steam them. Em lặt rau rồi lọc / I've harvested the vegetable then steam them.

    Gowest May 21, 2020 4:18 pm
  • I Love Sai Gon,now I don’t like Ho Chi Minh.

    Trang Lê May 21, 2020 4:18 pm