In the morning we take a taxi to the Jade Emperor Pagoda which is a little way out of the center. Aesthetically it is not beautiful but it is very special and we liked it; above all we found it authentic and full of faithful, smoke and incense. Outside there are 2 large tanks with carp and turtles, both mythological animals for the local culture, and inside grotesque wooden statues that almost incur fear. Attracted by some songs we then went upstairs where there was a ceremony in which we could witness in religious silence and that has also fascinated little girls.
From the past we project ourselves into the future with a visit to the Bitexco Financial Tower, one of the symbols of modern Saigon. For about $ 8 each you can take the fast elevator that takes you to the Saigon Skydeck, the panoramic plane. From here you have a 360 degree view of the city and you are even more aware of how it is full of construction sites, buildings under construction and projects already started, including the construction of the new subway.
After a sandwich on the fly, or "banh mi" as they call it here, in the early afternoon we meet with Levi, the student who will guide us. As for Hanoi, the students provide their service for free, most of them study tourism, and the guy who is assigned to us is nice and prepared. The tour must be arranged in advance with Saigon Free Walking Tours, in addition to the walking tour we have done there are also interesting by scooter but with the girls and the traffic we have not ventured.
Levi takes us to the market of Ben Thanh but does not excite us (only frequented by tourists looking for souvenirs and he tells us that here prices must be contracted bringing them at least 50% less) while we really like the visit of all beautiful colonial historical palaces: the Opera, the Notre Dame church, the post office and the town hall with the beautiful tree-lined avenue opposite where the statue of Ho Chi Minh stands out.
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