Ho Chi Minh City - First Impressions
Posted on Feb 20, 2018 by Inga
Ho Chi Minh City has the same population as London. Like any big city it has a lot to offer: cultural events, attractions, shopping, entertainment, etc. However, also like most huge cities, it is uncomfortable and unpleasant for living. Traffic, noise, dust, exhaust fumes, poor attitude towards pedestrians, lack of public transport - this is my first impression of the city. There are definitely some things I like about this city, but they are somehow obscured by constant coughing due to exhaust fumes, constant noise from mopeds, the impossibility of a pleasant walk through the streets, and the stink of garbage.
Due the abundance of mopeds, the city feels like an anthill with never-ending traffic on the roads. And, it seems, no one minds. Everyone is accustomed to living like this.
Ho Chi Minh citizens are also accustomed to good coffee. Everyone here is constantly drinking coffee: in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. Coffee houses always have visitors.
Later I want to write a separate detailed post about coffee in Ho Chi Minh City. Here I fell in love with coffee again. I am very sensitive to coffee, and I drink it rather rarely. But here, in HCMC, I was ready to endure the trembling in my hands and bubbling in my stomach in order to try another new recipe and feel another unprecedented aroma of coffee. Unfortunately, on the way to a coffee house you not only have to bump into mopeds, but also jump over garbage.
When I come to a new country I notice a lot of details about the organization of life, some of which are radically different from those I am accustomed to. Sometimes, things that I've heard before become much clearer and more obvious. What I really like about traveling is the opportunity to see and experience things that would never have occurred to me in a familiar setting at home.
Fancy living in Ho Chi Ming City for some time? There are so many fresh fruits. Drinking a coconut every day can easily become a healthy routine. Here you don't need a sweatshirt. You can walk around wearing T-shits and shorts all year long. Renting an apartment is cheap. You can drive around with a moped and park it on any sidewalk. The closest beach is just two hours away, reachable by road and water. Feeling tempted?
Wait for the next posts about Ho Chi Minh City! First impressions are not the last :)