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Must do and see things on this years stop before Myanmar
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Chợ Bến Thành, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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There’s a reason there are no McDonalds in Saigon- they can’t compete with this lady. Her product is simple; fried and scrambled eggs, jerky, cilantro, cucumber and Chin Su chili sauce in a hot French baguette that was made just hours prior. Douse...
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While traveling in Vietnam in 2010, I had heard mentions of a legendary "lunch lady" who served the most delicious soups out of a small cart in Ho Chi Minh City's city center. Each weekday she features a different soup, each hand made with fresh...
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38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Quận 2 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Arriving at the Deck Saigon, a restaurant in District Two on the Saigon River, is often one of the highlights of an evening here—many customers come by boat directly from District One to dock right at the restaurant’s waterside steps....
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29-31 Tôn Thất Thiệp, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
We had an overnight in Saigon and after our lunch at the Temple Club went downstairs for dessert at Fanny. The shop is adorable and the flavors were extensive. While I didn't try the avocado ice cream the ones I did have were fantastic! Fanny's...
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141 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The Rex Hotel remains the most historic hotel in District 1. It’s undergone massive renovations since its heyday as a hangout for journalists during the war, including the addition of a luxury ground floor filled with pricey shopping. Skip that...
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189 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Rejuvenate yourself from the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh. This tranquil spa will feel like a world away. It's totally luxury from the moment you arrive. A maze of floating stone passageways cool your bare feet as you glide under flowering...
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21/4 Trung Street, Vĩnh Phú, Thuận An, Bình Dương, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City can be a daunting blur of motorbikes, aggressive vendors, and too much excellent food to choose from. A stay at the An Lam Saigon River hotel, just 15 minutes by speedboat from the city center, makes you feel like the cherished...
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Mỹ Tho, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Cao Dai Temple in My Tho, outside of Ho Chi Minh, is a surreal destination-especially if you arrive during the prayers of it's loyal followers. We arrived in the morning and quietly were lead to the upper balcony by our private guide to witness...
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2 Lam Son Square, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Saigon, Vietnam
The site of the now-demolished Brinks Hotel Officers Quarters, which housed U.S. military members during the Vietnam War—has been transformed into this oasis in the heart of the city. Opened in 2005 and renovated in 2015, the Park Hyatt has...
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Set along the evocatively named Perfume River, Hué is a good place to get a feel for the conflux of Vietnam's history, French colonial influences, and postwar life—and this riverside hotel is the perfect base from which to soak it all...
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Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Roadside stands just outside of Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hué, overflow with bundles of colorful incense. When viewed en masse, these harlequin sticks resemble a textured kaleidoscope. The smell of cinnamon and sandalwood blends wafting...
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88 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The roof top bar at the Sheraton is Saigon is probably the best place to catch the sunset and some amazing panoramic views of the city - but come in early, the amazing views, and two for one happy hour cocktails, make this a very popular sunset...
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86 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Walk around Saigon and you will inevitably run into Ho Chi Minh Hall, one of Saigon's most iconic buildings. Although it is not open for any tourist it remains an important Saigon landmark. Saigon is littered with French influence. It was a French...
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Mỹ Tho, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Mekong river tour in My Tho gives you a chance to taste fantastic Vietnamese Coffee and have a water-walk on Mekong river.
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Tan Thoi Nhat, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In Vietnam’s bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, glittering high-rises and global brands are on the rise—but at L’Usine, a café-boutique hidden along shopping strip Dong Khoi, it’s the old, the handmade, and the local that are revered. Housed...
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141 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Whether I’m at the beach or in the city, sunset is by far one of my favorite times of day. There are few better things in life than taking the time to enjoy a cool cocktail while watching the sun set over a sultry city skyline or glimmering ocean....
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strolling through the off-the-beaten-track areas of central Saigon you come across unusually gorgeous sites... like the Jage Pagoda
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"We recommend that you don’t drink too much water as it will fill you up too fast." - this was the first thing we were told before starting the Back of the Bike Street Food tour in Saigon. Good advice for a night of eating! This night market tour...
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Make sure you look inside that coconut as you may find one of the best desserts in Vietnam - Rau Câu dừa. This refreshing dessert is simply coconut jelly and custard made with agar agar. It is typically served in a coconut shell and often you see...
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151/5 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
We spent an afternoon shopping in Saigon and made a stop at L'Usine. The retro decor and merchandise was somewhat akin to Anthropologie. On the way out we passed by the cupcakes but they also offer sandwiches and various beverages.
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phường 7, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

We spent our last day in Ho Chi Minh City with Geoffrey Deetz, a restaurateur and foodie from Oakland, California, who has lived in Vietnam for the past decade and operates the wonderful Black Cat Cafe. He and his Vietnamese girlfriend took us on...

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I first discovered Vietnamese food as a kid in Montreal, but I always thought it was just about the pho. Of course, like many countries in the region, the food differs depending on the province and one of the many dishes I learned to love were...
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10 Đặng Tất, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Recalling Saigon's past, Cuc Gach Quan offers fine Vietnamese fare in a cozy setting that re-creates the home of the owner’s grandmother—a French-colonial house with worn, wood-plank floors; retro furnishings; warm lighting; and a...
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73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Emperor Jade Pagoda is a fascinating temple full of haunting carvings, figures and altars. The peeling courtyard walls evoke a sense of time and history.
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13 Phó Cơ Điều, Phường 12, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
The greatest seafood experience in Vietnam may just be found on the outskirts of the city. Often when guests are visiting or just because we haven't been there in a while, a trip to Tamarind Crabs is in order. Exactly who discovered this gem and...