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Touring The Iconic Saigon Central Post Office-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

By John Saboe | Travel Ideas

Mar 04


I truly enjoy cities that are pedestrian friendly. That is, sites, parks, entertainment districts, hotels, restaurants, that are within easy walking distance of each other.

Although you might think with it’s frenetic pace and appearance of crazy traffic Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam might not fit this category, but that’s not the case. Once you get used to the traffic flow and crossing etiquette of Vietnam’s largest city you’ll appreciate, specifically the District 1 area, with it’s convenience and plethora of landmarks, historical sites, museums, hotels and other amenities within reasonable walking distances.

One place I always return to in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, or what still many locals refer to as Saigon, is the Central Post Office and Notre-Dame Cathedral area.

The Saigon Central Post Office in my opinion is one of the most beautiful buildings of the French colonization era of Indochina and Vietnam.

Built between 1886-1891 there seems to be conflicting stories on who actually designed it. Gustav Eiffel has been named, as has Alfred Foulhoux and Auguste Henri Vildieu. Of course because the Eiffel name is so well known this is the most marketable story, he actually had an office in Saigon during this era designing many bridges, some of which are still in use today in Vietnam.

Regardless of who designed it the Saigon Central Office is one site not to be missed on a visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

Join me on a tour this is iconic treasure from the past, that today is still a working post office in this episode of Far Eat Adventure Travel. Recorded from a previous live broadcast on Periscope.

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I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.