Ho Chi Minh City was formerly named Saigon, until the communist North Vietnamese invaded it on the 30th April 1975, winning the war against the capitalist South. Now it’s the largest city in Vietnam, with over 9 million people living there. Now imagine: one every two has a motorbike. Yes, the roads are a mess.
This is truly a hidden gem, but I think it’s worth it only if you’re already around the area.
Right at the heart of the city, this pagoda is a place of worship for the locals, whom you’ll find lighting up incenses and praying to the gods. The atmosphere is pictoresque in its dark and smokey rooms with plenty of figurines to admire.