What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?
Similar to other places, the best food will not be in restaurants on he main road, but will be in side streets and alleys. Everyone should do a food tour on motorcycles. There are many tour companies that offer this service. Around the lunar new year (Tet) there are fun markets where you can buy decorations, dress up in traditional clothes and take photos. - Jul 2019
There is something for everyone here unless you are into camping and hiking. Then you will have to travel far outside HCMC. - Aug 2015
There is so much! It really depends on what you like to do but there is something for everyone. - May 2014
Go the markets, haggle with the locals, just go with it and have fun, if you take things seriously, you'll be very frustrated. There are a ton of restaurants to try, and good bars. You can live it up for a fraction of the cost. That's nice - Jul 2011
If you like Latin dancing there are Cuban and Latin American restaurants and dance clubs. In the the center of town are 2 large parks which are nice to walk in, very green and you can people watch, see all the local Tai chi and sword dance practices. Take a boat up the river from the pier by the Riverside hotel. - Sep 2010
Other then the immense expat drinking scene? Hmmm, there are a few local excursions you can do once: Mekong Delta tour, going to Mui Ne (beach about 4 hours away) for the weekend, Cu Chi tunnels. Once you have done that, it is time to book weekends in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur to maintain sanity. - Nov 2009
Travel: in the country and the region. Shopping galore. Spas. Tailoring, custom made furniture, framing, art lessons, photography, yoga, salsa dancing, learning the language, bar-hopping, cafe people watching. There's so much to do in HCMC! - Dec 2008