With borders open once again, now is the time to get out of Singapore for a break.
Specifically, either Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) or Hanoi in Vietnam, if you are looking for say, a four-day long trip over a weekend.
Why these two cities in particular?
If it is a holiday where your aim is to disengage from work, these two cities have plenty of options for you with their nightlife, historical sites, markets for cheap shopping and good food.
Looking to party and unwind? You can check out Bui Vien street in Saigon or Bia Hoi Junction within Hanoi’s Old quarter, with their various bars, clubs and restaurants.
For those of you who are seeking some historical immersion, there are sites such as the Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon, and the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi to satiate your needs.
As for people looking to go on a shopping spree, Ben Thanh market in Saigon and the wider Old Quarter in Hanoi could be the locations right up your alley.
On top of that, a new Vietnamese carrier, Bamboo Airways, is now flying between Singapore and both cities.
The airline operates five flights a week from Saigon, and will increase this frequency to daily flights beginning Jan. 1, 2023, as well as two flights a week from Hanoi.
Bamboo Airways’ namesake is inspired by the iconic Vietnamese tree to reflect hospitality, bravery and resilience.
Thus far, awards the airline has won include Changi Airport’s New Airlines Award, the Best Cabin Crew in Asia and the Most Improved Airline in Asia at the PAX Award 2022, and Asia’s Leading Regional Airline at the World Travel Award 2020.
At this point, if you are interested in checking out either of these cities but can’t overcome the inertia of planning, fret not, we’ve got you covered with an itinerary for each city.
Four-day trip to Saigon
Day 1: Stroll down Saigon’s most iconic street
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