Amazing Day Trip for your Internship in Vietnam P.1

ABROADER 19/01/2022 7 min read

If you choose Vietnam as a destination for your internship, there would be absolutely no shortage of amazing things to do and gorgeous places to visit during your time here. So let’s get started and see how Vietnam’s beauty can blow your mind once you find ways to enjoy it.

Let’s start with one of the biggest and most dynamic cities of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Any first time intern in Ho Chi Minh City would not hesitate to tell you that it is a big city filled with energy and young spirit. Every day in the city is a new surprise, you know, things like: isn’t this the sidewalk and are we just chilling here with all these good food in the middle of it? Did the lady at the store just gave me a half price discount or was my haggling skill too good? Or did the bus driver just spontaneously stop at a no-bus stop zone to buy himself a new hat? All of these things might sound strange where you come from, but in Vietnam, nothing is ever too much of a surprise. For a major city, the cost of living in Ho Chi Minh is actually relatively low, meaning you can spoil yourself with as much good food as you want while still have money left to travel.

A one-day tour around Ho Chi Minh City is honestly not enough. However, during your internship in Vietnam with SE Vietnam, the local buddy team tries their best to give you the most authentic experience of walking the winding streets while being surprised by the spontaneous things that are the everyday life of Vietnamese people. The city tour often starts on the very first days of your arrival in Vietnam allowing you to have a broad idea of what the city has to offer and how you can navigate yourself around the city when you are on your own. If you are travelling in a group with other interns, you even get the chance to experience the city through a Scavenger Hunt.

Are you ready to start your virtual city tour around Ho Chi Minh City?

First stop is the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon. It was constructed between 1863 and 1880 by the French, reaches a height of up to 60 meters and is still standing proud in the heart of Saigon following the city’s effort to preserve its unique artchitecture.

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Photo source: catholicpilgrimagenetwork.com

Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral is located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City right among several concrete buildings and shopping malls. And as you can get, the French architecture church holds its own among the crowd and has been a favorite hangout spot for many generation of Vietnamese, oh and I almost forgot, a perfect location for a wedding photo shoot. If you are around the area on the weekend, you may see young people chilling with a cup of coffee in the park right across from the cathedral, some grooms and brides and their crews showing their best modelling potentials to make the best wedding album with the church as the background. Some visitors love feeding the doves and small birds in front of the yards while some prefer a walk into the church to admire the artchitecture. All of this makes for a very diverse and dynamic scene that gives you excitement simply just walking around the area. 

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Ready? One, two, three… Jump!      Photo source: Vietfun Travel

A very short walking distance away from the Cathedral is another artistique française that is the Central Post Office, this is also one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, built around 1886 – 1891, based on, guess what, the design of Gustave Eiffel – the famous French architect who designed the Eiffel Tower, just like its opposite neighbor Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been the busiest post office of the country. 

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Photo source: Youtube

Walking inside the building you will see a huge portrait painting of Ho Chi Minh – the highly respected key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam among the complex and eye-catching details of the building’s artchitecture. Most of the area inside is dedicated to displaying souvernirs and handicrafts made in Vietnam while desks placed along the sides are dedicated to the actual post office services. If you want you can just grab a cute postcard and mail it immediately back to the people back home.

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Photo source: City Pass Guide

Next stop:the Reunification Palace internship in Vietnam

A little background about this place you might want to remember is that it is deeply associated with the fall of the city in 1975 and the establishment of the new rule under the Communist party for Saigon as it was called back then). If you want to get deeper into learning more about the history of the building, its previous owners, how and why it was built and bombed several times. Here is a good read. Or during your visit, you can also learn through the guides and visit the video rooms where there are videos appraising the palace and its history in Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese and Japanese. Reunification Palace is open to visitors as long as official receptions or meetings aren’t taking place. English- and French-speaking guides are on duty during opening hours.

By this time you might be a bit overwhelmed by the Saigon heat and might want to find somewhere to sit down with a glass of cool drink. Don’t worry, our next destination is:

Ben Thanh Market – a bustling market during daytime and a social center after sunset.

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Photo source: Vietnamguide.com internship in Vietnam

Going shopping around Ben Thank market is an exhilarating experience even for the locals themselves. You will be overwhelmed by tons and tons of merchandise of different kinds on displayed at every inch inside the market and vendors who can speak broken English will try everything they can to ask you to buy their products. However, this is also a great place to look for souvenirs to bring back home or just some treats for yourself. You can find everything from coffee, tea, dried fruits, local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and many more things here. But if you decide to buy something, make sure you are loaded with our art of haggling skills or accompanied by a local who do know how to bargain, otherwise you may end up paying up to double the original price. Once the bargaining becomes too much, it is also a great place if you just simply want to cool off with a cold drink. There are plenty of juice vendors inside the market that provide fresh fruit juice with ice or fresh coconut juice (straight out of the coconut) that you can buy to freshen up your body and prepare for our next adventure.

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Photo source: Vietnamguide.com

If you love yourself a night time shopping and cuisine adventure, save your appetite and visit Ben Thanh night market. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. Real street style local foods are served at many eateries that surround the market building. Chefs will cook in front of you on a charcoal grill with an endless array of cuisine choices including vegetarian noodles, fresh seafood, crispy rice pancakes and steamed cakes. You will be in good local company as most of the places thrive with locals enjoying a bite to eat and a quick drink after work. 

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Photo source: Vietnamguide.com

The last stop of our city tour around Ho Chi Minh City is: Nguyen Hue Walking Street 

 When it comes to night time hangout hub, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is now heavy contender. The large walking area away from the hustle and bustle street of Ho Chi Minh City is an ideal destination for friends meet-up especially on the weekend.

There are two parts of this spot that make people keep wanting to come back again. The first part is the shops along the street, you can almost find everything you need for a night out here, there are restaurants selling foods from around the world, there are hip bubble tea shop for a quick takeaway or coffee shops if you want to linger and enjoy the atmosphere.  The second part is the events that go on within the street, on week nights, you can often see groups of young people singing and playing musical instruments while other groups perform street hip hop. On the weekends, things get much more exciting as live musical performances are held and colorful lights shine all over the street. Occasionally, water fountains on the ground will start and if you are really unlucky, you might be standing there at the right time to get all wet. Many street performers also take this chance to perform, vendors go around selling toys food and drinks. All of these lively actions plus the fancy lights from the tall building in the setting makes Nguyen Hue walking street and irresistable spot for people of all backgrounds.

 

 

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