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Christmas in HCMC

Posted by helzie2430 on 23/11/2012 at 03:09

I will be in HCMC with two kids(10,11) over christmas. I would love to hear suggestions about how to make my boys christmas unforgetable.

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Posted by m4yb on 4/12/2012 at 20:07

We will, too! Flying in on 21/12. I am particularly interested in knowing if restaurants will be open (and packed!) or closed on Xmas Day!
But I think the Cathedral (or is it now called Citadel) will have the usual nativity scene, and, if you are of the catholic faith, maybe Midnight Mass, albeit in vietnamese????

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Posted by captainbkk on 5/12/2012 at 02:30

Just the idea-this is Asia!
Of course about any restrt will be open. The hi-class ones will lay on expensive reserved special set dinners. Always give an indication to what type of budget youre in-if thats mid/hi-class, go to tripadvisor or virtualtourist.
Vnam has after PHillipiine the highest % of christians/catholic, esp. in south, and lots of churches, for the local population. I guess they will also offer the inherited from the French style of doing Noel.

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Posted by m4yb on 10/12/2012 at 01:00

helzie, I have found a bit on Xmas in Saigon, right here:
https://www.travelfish.org/blogs/vietnam/2011/12/16/christmas-in-saigon/

looks like you and the kids will have a great time!

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Posted by Friggame on 19/12/2012 at 17:36

Christmas in Saigon is unforgetable. If you are in District 1 that is.

Just walking up and down the streets there is interesting enough. The roads and sidewalks are packed full of folks taking pictures goodness so many folks taking pictures of/with almost anything. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam and thiking to myself wow they go all out over here. From the heiniken bottle christmas tree to the oversized Santa's.

We will be in Vietnam during Christmas again this year but we are spending it on Phu Quoc this time.

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Posted by m4yb on 21/12/2012 at 07:38

Posted from within Vietnam.

Here we are in HCMC on the Friday before Xmas. helzie2430, I hope you are all enjoying Xmas here, and not finding the experience too bewildering. The streets are choked with people out for the evening. looking at the lights etc.... I counted a family of 5 on a motorbike. And they DO take a lot of photos, like posing in front of the designer shops! But despite the congestion, people are smiling and not a cross word, no aggression... and no public drunkenness

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