Vietnam is a long and narrow country having China in the northern part, Laos and Cambodia in the East side and the Southern China Sea in the east part. The foreigners have split Vietnam in two parts – the northern part, which si more communist and traditionalist and the southern part, which is much more relaxed and closer to the Occidental people as an atmosphere, as architecture and way of living.
You can see Hanoi, the capital of the city, which is a very crowded place but with its own charm. The south part is dominated by the Ho Chi Minh City which used to be the capital of the city in old times and known as Saigon. It is better served by the airlines than the Hanoi, therefore the best flights from other places, such as Europe, America, use to land here.
Saigon is a show in itself but the majorities of visitors stay here 2-3 days as they then go to the south, the Mekong Delta or go and see the Cu Chi tunnels or the famous temple of Cao Dai. The classical image of the city is that of a big boulevard filled with Vietnamese on scoters.
Surely the main fun area of Saigon is Pham Ngu Lao. This is a kind of Khaosan Road, at reduced levels but with the same display of bars, restaurants, hostels, internet cafes, washers and libraries. Here one can party all day long and all week long, as one week will barely cost you 100 dollars.
One can visit many monuments in the HCMC part and the majority of them, except some museums, are cult locations. Here you will see that many religions are recognized and live peacefully, despite of the communist background this part has. Some of the museums are War Remnants Museum, Museum of Ho Chi Minh City or History Museum.
You can as well shop, go sailing on the Saigon River, take some yoga classes and try the real traditional Vietnamese taste. Enjoy!