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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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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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72 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Nestled about the chaos of the city is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s great escapes, Shri. The city has a dozen or so rooftop restaurants but what sets this one apart from the rest is the location just outside District1 in neighboring D3. It’s outside...
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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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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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89B Bà Huyện Thanh Quan, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
It’s been said that when the Buddha was on his deathbed, his followers stood by ready to turn his remains into relics to spread throughout the world. The Xa Loi Pagoda houses one such artifact. Visit on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to join a...
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29-31 Tôn Thất Thiệp, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
My taxi driver and I circled the block twice before locating this cleverly hidden gem. The Temple Club is, like all good spots, a challenge at first to find. The street entrance features an unobtrusive red sign, and the entrance is lit with...
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26 Lê Thị Riêng, P, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
You want to find the best banh mi in Saigon - then go where the lines is. There was a huge line at Huynh Hoa on Le Thi Rieng street. It was a little hole in the wall shop, but the stand was packed with locals pulling up on their bike and getting...
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In January 2010, I traveled to Saigon with Vietnamese-born New York chef, Michael "Bao" Huynh. He took me to some of his favorite restaurants, including Minh Duc, an eatery that has a very unique feature: the kitchen is across a busy street from...
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It's hard not to make sweeping statements like "Best of" when you go to Hai's great local restaurant in Binh Thanh district. Having eaten my face off in HCMC, I can attest to the fact that his catfish is truly the best. Don't miss the fatty pork...
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2 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, 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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For 35,000 dong, you can get a giant bowl of rice vermicelli noodles, grilled pork and a crab and pork spring roll, topped with spicy and sweet chili fish sauce. There's really nothing more you need in the morning, is there? This lady sets up her...
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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 700000, 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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269/8 Nguyễn Thị Nhỏ, Phường 16, Quận 11, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Quan An Ngon: It's an open-air restaurant surrounded by food stalls and served by waiters. The various stalls represent different regional fare from around the country. Sitting at communal tables surrounded by the stalls, you really feel part of...
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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...
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38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, 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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341 Cao Đạt, Phường 1, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Whenever I get the urge to complain about my lack of space in the US, I remember the efficiently packed tight way that almost everyone else in the world lives. For instance, SE Asians are the masters of balancing their wares on bicycles. They also...
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189 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
For a long, luxurious spa day in a gorgeous setting, hit up Spa Authentic at Thao Dien Village. We chose the "Authentic" package: a 60-minute massage, 60-minute facial, 60-minute foot massage, and a ticket to the facility's gorgeous pool...
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phường 5, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
If you aren't ready to hop on a motorbike and join the craziness of HCMC traffic on your own - then do the next best thing - hire a cyclo driver to give you a chance to be a part of the transportation culture. Instead of cyclo-ing around District...
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160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
nha hang ngon, located in three cities--Saigon, Ha Noi, and Phnom Penh--serves traditional Vietnamese food from all regions. at least the one in Saigon does, and its book of a menu makes that part clear. with various prep stations and kitchens...
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I watched as the streets flooded rapidly and the Vietnamese locals didn’t skip a beat. Rain doesn’t stop them – and it shouldn’t stop you. I often get people who tell me they are skipping a country in Southeast Asia because...
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1 Đường Tôn Thất Tùng, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
from the non-stop honking to the barrage of motorbikes, saigon's sensory overload requires an always-on state of alert. if craving a moment to digest all of the sights, smells, sounds, and squawks, sneak away to huyen sy cathedral, across from the...
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khu phố 3, Hiệp Bình Chánh, Thủ Đức, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
With the insane amount of motorbikes in Vietnam they inevitably meet their demise at a scrap yard. I happened across this scrap yard by chance. I’d hopped on my motorbike with the express purpose of getting lost. I found this 10-meter high pile of...
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Boating Through the Jungle
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The two-story Binh Tay Market is an impossible-to-miss Chinatown landmark on the edge of Ho Chi Minh City's District Six; it boasts a distinctive Chinese-inspired clock tower, yet it was a French patron who financed the construction of the market...
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1 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
My last three nights in Ho Chi Minh City I stayed at the Hotel Majestic. It was a splurge but very worth it. The rooms are fabulous! The hotel is absolutely beautiful and strategically located right on the waterfront in a nice part of the city...
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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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Saigon River
A trip up the river to Ho Chi Minh city had never been on my bucket list. Growing up on the cusp of the Vietnam War, I was curious and mildy annoyed about the country that inhabited our tv screen night after night in dreary black and white. But...
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Phường 4, Tp. Vũng Tàu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Cao Dai Temple is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen, inside and out. Cao means "high" and Đài means "dais" (as in a platform or altar raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it). Figuratively, it...
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Vũng Tàu, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Vung Tau is a picturesque beach village that is accessible from Ho Chi Minh City by hydrofoil. Traveling by boat takes approximately 2 hours and is an experience in and of itself. Note that Vung Tau’s coastal roads are best explored by motorbike....
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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.