Round the World – Ho Chi Minh City

With the year coming to a close, you might be thinking New Year, new you. Or perhaps, more likely, new year, new adventures to embark on! Whether you’re wanting to tick off your ever-increasing bucket list, visit friends and family, or are just plain nosy and want to know where we would go on the ultimate ‘Big Trip’.

We thought travel inspo couldn’t get much better than this, but we’ve been experimenting with a UK tech start up what3words.com, who are dividing the WHOLE word into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, and assigning each square a unique 3 word address.

Flinders Street Station? We think you mean decide.chair.tribe

bikes.audio.half? We’ll see you outside the London Eye.

A picture tells 47,727 miles of stories. A film highlights it in 120 seconds. We sum in up in three words…

First stop, claw.thuds.family It’s time to let the video do the talking…

1. Step back in time at Ho Chi Minh City Museum

It’s important not to forget Vietnam’s war torn past, so definitely visit Ho Chi Minh City Museum. There are loads of interesting exhibitions which take you back in time through the country’s bloody past – the story is told through photographs artefacts and memorabilia. It is sensitively done without covering up the atrocities that took place.  Even just to check out the building, Gia Long Palace which is pretty impressive. The museum is open daily between 8am – 5pm and is about 50p to enter.
 Ho Chi Minh City Museum

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2. Grab a bite at Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market

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There is nothing more exhilarating than exploring an Asian market ESPECIALLY one in Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh Market is a buzzing place selling all sorts of trinkets and is renowned stalls serving authentic Vietnamese food. While you’re there try a Banh Xeo, a ‘sizzling cake’ made from rice batter – kind of like a savoury pancake. The coffee is also superb! The market is open Tuesday – Sunday 24 hours.

3. Explore Thien Hau Temple

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This awesome little temple is located in China Town, it was built back in the 19th century and is dedicated to ‘Thien Hau’ a Chinese goddess who protects the sea. On first glance it’s not that impressive, the entrance is pretty shabby, but that makes it feel ancient almost haunted. However, once you’re inside it’s stunning! The intricate carvings are really colourful and the burning incense creates a ghostly atmosphere. It’s free to get in and open 08:00 – 4:30pm daily – go check it out!

OK so who exactly are what3words.com?

Who?
Basically these guys are on a mission to make the world a more efficient, less frustrating and safer place. How exactly are they doing that? They are addressing the world with a unique combination of just 3 words. So forget postcodes and co-ordinates, the whole world is mapped by 3mx3m square and each square (all 57 trillion of them) has been pre-allocated a fixed & unique 3 word address. Hence ‘claw.thuds.family’ at the start of the video. Starting to make sense now?
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Why though?
Because around 75{1e29904c885515873022ed5b62c6c7d923686363a219a3c356dc5ccea4ad6161} of the world is addressed inconsistently, parcels, letters aren’t being delivered, tourist attractions or places aren’t being found and people are getting lost. Three words give the world the ability to talk about precise locations as simply as possible.

Simple. As. That.

For more info check out their website here.

So there you have it travelling around the world really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Check out our next installment from Ollie Ali as he heads to Sydney.