Food is cheap, healthy, clean and super yummy in HCMC. It was one of the goals of our trip – to eat as much authentic Vietnamese cuisine! I’ve already featured all the phở bò we ate and our top 2 favorite restos, L’Usine and Ngon, so here is the rest of our trip from the point of view of our tummies.
Our other favorite place to eat is Nha Hang Ngon (another recommendation of Chie of The Nomad’s Black Book). It’s where tourists can enjoy street food without worrying about a bum tummy. According to what we’ve heard is that they gather up the best street food vendors in HCMC in one roof. Some people say that the sanitized version is not as good as the actual street food versions…but it tasted pretty darn good to me! We at here twice in one weekend. My salivary glands are in overdrive again just thinking about it hehe!Read More
For cheap paintings in HCMC Vietnam, head on over to Tran Phu street in District 5. I read somewhere that this is where the locals buy their art and I wasn’t disappointed. The prices were less than half the price of the paintings we liked in Dong Khoi, so it was worth riding a cab over to this part of town. We walked someway down the street checking out many art galleries, but ended up going back to the first store we entered because it had the best selection, good quality and low prices.Read More
This was our favorite place to have breakfast in HCMC Vietnam on out trip there last November 2011. All thanks to Chie of The Nomad’s Black Book for recommending this fab resto! The best thing about it is it’s totally walking distance from our hotel, La Jolie. The food is great and cheaper than Jakarta for this kind of ambiance and quality of food (think cheap Social House). Again this is late (as you will notice the Christmas decor hehe) but I am finally posting it because my friends Bea and Martin are going and I promised to give them a HCMC Hitlist (coming soon!).Read More Read More
Last year I was able to visit HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon) Vietnam because of an Air Asia promo fare which we booked about a year ahead. (Yep budget flyers must plan waaaaayyy ahead!) I will be sprinkling the weeks ahead with posts on our trip to HCMC. More about Air Asia, HCMC Airport and photos of our hotel after the jump.Read More
As we were looking along Dong Koi for a money changer, I realized that I brought the wrong bag. My roomy woven beach bag (WTH was I thinking right?), didn’t feel secure being held by hand and could also not be secured under my arms. I felt vulnerable while walking along the street after having been warned of the petty theft that occurs regularly. And as an answer to my prayers I found Cincinati Leather Boutique!Read More