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The Fito Museum in Saigon

The Fito Museum in Saigon

The museum is one of the most beautiful and entertaining museums we have been in for a long time.

The Fito Museum in Saigon is the first museum on traditional Vietnamese medicine. On display are nearly 3,000 Stone Age objects. The exhibits include tools for making medicines, knives, mortars and pestles, as well as documents and items from a traditional pharmacy.

Exponate Fito Museum

Exhibits Fito Museum

The hidden gem, which many locals do not even know, is set in a secluded alley with private homes, small businesses and cafes. Apart from the intense and unique collection of artifacts, the façade itself is a true work of art. The entire building conveys the atmosphere of a traditional North Vietnamese house . The 18 rooms with distinctive architectural charm on 5 floors are connected by a front and a rear wooden staircase.

Fito Bilder

Fito Museum exhibition

In addition, the First Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO) regularly features a documentary film about the history of traditional Vietnamese medicine entitled "A Century of Healthcare Experience"

The Fito Museum has a large number of old books on traditional medicine, including many rare book series such as: Nam duoc than hieu, Y tong tam tinh, comprising 28 episodes and 66 volumes. Many tourists, even experts from Korea, China and Japan, visited the museum and found it very admirable and interesting.

Traditional costumes in the museum

Conclusion: It is worth a visit to get a fascinating insight into traditional Vietnamese everyday life and medical development through the centuries. At the end of the tour you will be invited to a cup of healthy herbal tea prepared by the nice staff.

Which alternatives are there to the usual travel offers?

 

Private city tour by car

Especially if you travel in small groups or with your family and have children, a private vehicle is the best choice. You can rent a private car to the Fito Museum in Saigon or simply combine with a private city tour .

The museum is open daily from 8:00 to 17:30.

The entrance fee is VND 120,000 for adults and VND 60,000 for children (less than 1,2 m).

Address:
41 Hoang Du Khuong Street,Ward 12, District 10,
Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
+84 28 3864 2430

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By Karl-Heinz Kronpass

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Binh Quoi Village

Binh Quoi Village - The oasis in Ho Chi Minh City

Nestled in a charming park with coconut palms, streams and cozy thatched cottages, the village offers views of the bygone era of the Mekong Delta.

On a property with lots of lawns, coconut palms, streams and cozy thatched huts, the village takes a look at the past few days in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
 
Not everything is authentic here, but it reflects the original rural life in South Vietnam.
 
This village is perfect for escaping the hectic city for a few hours.
 
So, if you do not have time to visit the Mekong Delta, this is a great opportunity to take some nice pictures because this village offers beauty, relaxation and the legendary Vietnamese scenes that all Vietnamese visitors dream of.
 
And the entrance is free!

The giant water lilies are an impressive sight.

Fortunately, you can stand directly above them on the Monkey Bridge for a closer look. They are the biggest leaves we have ever seen. Some have a diameter of 2 meters!

And this water wheel is literally fascinating.

The beauty of the bamboo, the flowing water, the rhythmic movement and the soothing sounds literally make stress disappear.

What can you do here?

  • fishing
  • Sightseeing along the river
  • Relaxing in a bamboo hut by the water
  • Strolling through the traditional village and the park / gardens
  • Enjoy a meal in a floating restaurant
  • make many great pictures!
The restaurants are open every day and there is a special buffet dinner on the weekend. It offers a wide selection of classic Vietnamese dishes and costs 290,000 and $ 13.
 
Address:
Binh Quoi Village
Ward 28, Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
The best time to visit is on weekdays in the morning.
Binh Quoi Village is ideal for solo travelers, couples and families.

 

Private tours by car

Especially if you travel in small groups or with your family and have children, a private vehicle is the best choice. For example, a private car Book a visit to Binh Quoi Village in combination with the authentic and little-visited Ben Duoc Tunnels. 

The travel preferences are very different, but we believe that most visitors will like the village of Binh Quoi. It offers a few fun pleasures, but the most outstanding feature of the village of Binh Quoi is its rustic beauty.

We also recommend this place as an oasis of relaxation.

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The Saigon Waterbus

The Saigon Waterbus - All you need to know

In 2017, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) opened a new public transport system. A water bus line along the Saigon River.

To facilitate the terrible traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, the local government has allowed water taxis to operate on the Saigon River, which have been operating between District 1 and District 9 since 2017.

Originally intended for commuters, the water taxis are now mainly used by tourists.

We looked at the water taxis last weekend, and booked a ride to the terminus in Linh Dong and back. For now you should expect long waiting times or book in advance. We waited more than 3 hours to get hold of one of the coveted spots in Saigon Waterbus.

The 40-minute boat ride, which runs along the Saigon River and Thanh Da Canal, picks up passengers at a total of 5 stops belonging to Districts 1, 2, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc. There are five ships with 75 seats in operation. Every day from 8:30 am to 6:15 pm, 15 cruises are offered along the 10.8 km long route.Saigon Waterbus

 

Taking a water taxi, and one of the best and cheapest transportation options for anyone wanting to explore the city's skyline, past District 1 into the city center, District 2's new emerging metropolitan area is turning into the quiet suburb of Thu Duc District.

"There are also proposals to open new lines connecting the center of Saigon with the two neighboring districts of Cu Chi, Can Gio and Con Dao (Ba Ria - Vung Tau) to boost tourism and reduce congestion"

In addition, investors suggest using electric cars to help tourists and residents move from stops to popular hotels, destinations and vice versa, such as Ben Thanh Market, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, City Museums, etc.

The journey ends in District 9 north of the city. We recommend that you buy the return ticket for the return trip to District 1, as there is not much to see at the last stop. 

Price: 15,000 VND (0.66 USD)

Departure times 8:30 am to 6:15 pm

You can find the timetable and the route map of the Saigon Waterbus here. To book tickets, call the hotline at 1900636830 or come by in person. Be sure to book in advance, as it can sometimes lead to hours of waiting. 

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