Vietnam > HCMC



One of the things I loved about living in Asia is how easy and affordable it is to travel to many Asia-Pacific destinations and how diverse the cultures and attractions are. With a few minutes of googling and planning, plane fares can be had for as little as a few dollars and nice, clean hotels can be found. Seriously! [read more]

More HCMC Restaurants

We Restaurant HCMC Vietnam-005

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 [read more]

Best Street Food in HCMC

05-Nha Hang Ngon restaurant HCMC Vietnam-003

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 [read more]

Where to Get Paintings at Local Prices in HCMC

1-Phon Tranh Van Khan art gallery cheap paintings hcmc vietnam

For super affordable 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 the more touristy area of Dong Khoi. It is really worth [read more]

Our favorite brunch spot in HCMC

L'usine Restaurant HCMC Vietnam-011

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 [read more]

HCMC Money Changer

If you are looking for a money changer in Ho Chi Minh City, we found very good rates compared to the others within the backpackers district. Details are below. Foreign Currency Exchange-Table 59 Bàn Thu Đổi Ngoại Tệ 59 in Vietnamese 7am – 10pm everyday 382 31316 | 382 75363 135 Dong Khoi St. – District 1 Other location: 92-96 [read more]

Ho Chi Minh Shopping Finds

vietnamese silk

Ho Chi Minh is a lovely place to shop. If find the items I bought much cheaper than Jakarta as well. Sharing with you photos of my shopping loot. This is one of the many reasons we are broke and staying home a lot these days. Heehee! Bến Thành Market I scored some awesome buys in from [read more]

Flight to HCMC and Hotel

La Jolie Hotel and Spa Ho Chi Minh

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. FLYING AIR ASIA [read more]

Cincinati Leather Boutique HCMC


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 [read more]