Food Travel

Saigon Ready

After a 10 hour slumber from all the tiresome walking and sight seeing around Saigon, I finally had all the energy to again explore the land of the rising dragon. On that day, I felt a wee bit inspired so I opted for a breezy bohemian top, my trusty good ol ripped shorts, gladiators for some action, a patterned sling bag and a wide straw hat to finish the look. And you bet I was ready to conquer the crazy streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

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First meal of the day! Well, not exactly. I had bacon and eggs before this chiken Pho from our hotel. *smirks*

SAIGON STREET

A typical hussle Saigon morning consist of bus’, motorcycles and taxis. Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of motorcycles since the city has only a limited space for parking big vehicles. Also, the cost of living especially the houses in Vietnam is quite pricy, that’s why Vietnamese people prefer motor bikes since its convenient and it can be park anywhere. I’ve been hearing a lot of the number of motor bikes that Saigon has but seeing it in person really shocked me. I never thought it was that intense. It’s like a quarter of their population are motor bikes.

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SHOP: BENTH THAN MARKET

Just like the Philippines’ all time favorite Divisoria, Saigon has their very own Benth Than Market which tourists flock to buy or dine some good stuffs. P.S. The vendors there can be reallt tough to bargain, you gotta have a special skill on bidding items. And a good acting skills as well. In our case, when the vendor didn’t agree to the price that we are offering we left and she literally ran after us and beg to buy since she has no sale the whole day. Talka bout perseverance eh?

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LAST FULL DAY!

Basically, All we did the second day was to check out malls and more malls! Since we have no specific itenirary that day the parentals let us do our thing. I wanted to try the cruise ship but unfortunately ‘amoeba’ interrupted, as a result, I just stayed in the hotel room for the rest of the day. Bummer, I know.

MARUKAME UDON

On our last day I promised myself to eat Vietnamese all the way through the course of the trip but we bumped into this mouth-watering Japanese resto just a few walks from our Hotel. I just can’t refuse Japanese food especially after recovering from bad amoeba! It’s so good I can’t even. From Ramen to their Tempura – every dong spent was worth it.

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Me to Mom: Ma! Japanese food is just heaven! I can eat it all day!
Mama: Hence your big cheeks! Hahaha

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Right after the hefty Japanese food I couldn’t help myself for some Baskin Robbins! It is ice cream made in heaven! Case closed. And I might add, does Vietnamese people give strangers randomly flowers? Nevertheless, it wasn’t creepy but rather sweet. Thank you Nhan!

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 BITEXCO FINANCIAL TOWER

Address: 36 Ho Tung Mau St., District , HCMC

Bitexco Financial Tower is a must visit when you are in Ho Chi Minh City since this whooping 68 floor skyscraper is one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building has a height of 262.5 metres (861 ft), making it the tallest building in the city, the 3rd tallest in Vietnam, and the 124th tallest in the world. In 2017 this building will be surpassed by Landmark 81, and will be the 2nd tallest skyscraper in Ho Chi Minh City. I recommend visiting the building at around 4 PM till 6 PM for instagram worthy photos!

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There you have it! My 3 day experience in Saigon. Although I wanted to stay long and visit more places and explore more of Vietnam has to offer, sadly, priorities keep on knocking my door _ school and etc. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every bit of my stay there! Definitely going back and visit more places! I’m hearing Hanoi is a good place! They say their beaches are serene. Can’t wait to go back and Explore more of Asia! 🙂

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