I was recently invited to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITEHCMC). This was my first hosted media conference and it was an awesome experience. We spent a week in Vietnam, two days at the conference and the rest exploring Ho Chi Minh and Phu Yen. We ate at some of the best restaurants and experienced the best things in Ho Chi Minh City.

The conference was full of guests from all over the world. They truly knew how to host their guests as they had put me in one of the best boutique hotels in Ho Chi Minh! I stayed at The Myst Dong Khoi in District 1 which was prime location and had a rooftop pool! ITEHCMC is the largest travel event in Vietnam where international and regional buyers, suppliers, trade professionals and media from travel organizations meet and gain inspiration for future business opportunities. I found the conference not too large and not too small. If you’re in the travel industry I highly recommend visiting ITEHCMC next year, it’s a great way to network and experience Ho Chi Minh.




DINE AT EON 51 – Highest restaurant in Ho Chi Minh and has stunning views of the city

Eon 51

Eon 51

Eon 51

Eon 51

BINH QUOI VILLAGE – A tourist attraction where tourists can paddle in the lake, go fishing and eat at the all you can eat buffet.

Binh Quoi Village

RIVER TOUR – My favorite activity in Ho Chi Minh was going on the river cruise. Groups of 4 are loaded into a small boat where they offer you fruits and coconut juice while you go down the Saigon River. Throughout the river, there’s singers and even people playing magic tricks!

VISIT TEMPLES – There’s plenty in Vietnam but we visited Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda and Den Tho Vua Hung

Ho Chi Minh City

AU DAI MUSEUM – Vietnamese dresses are unique and spending an hour at the museum to learn about the history of Vietnamese dresses is really interesting

Au Dai Museum

A O SHOW AT THE SAIGON OPERA HOUSE – Amazing show and worth booking seats for!

EAT BANH XEO – I had at least 3 people recommend this hole in the wall Banh Xeo restaurant so we had to go! It was definitely worth it! You’ll also find the pink church a block away.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City

DRINK VIETNAMESE COFFEE – They’re everywhere! Definitely, a must when in Vietnam!


As I was a hosted media, we were offered a few options for a post-show tour to experience more of Vietnam. I decided to explore Phu Yen in two days and loved visiting the seaside town. You can read about the top 6 Awesome Things to do in Phu Yen.

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I was invited to Phu Yen by ITEHCM.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.

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  • Susie

    October 14, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Great photos! Which camera do you use? You should do a post on travel photography tips 🙂 also wondering the brand of your sunglasses, it’s beautiful!

    1. Tour de Lust

      October 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks! I use a sony a7rII. I’ll try to get a post on photography soon =) My sunglasses are from

      1. Susie

        October 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        Just checked the website and the sunglasses are sold out 🙁 So sad!

        Looking forward to your photography tips and tricks 🙂 love your pics!

        1. Tour de Lust

          October 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

          Oh no! It was because it was on sale too! You can still find it on other sites, it’s by Sunday Somewhere called Raine.

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