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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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Chợ, Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Jackfruit and dragonfruit on display at a fruit stand in Banh Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh.
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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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199 Đường Nguyễn Gia Trí, Phường 25, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City's café culture is vibrant, with cute, hip coffee shops everywhere. We stumbled into this one, The Warehouse, after a long walk through District 3.
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Well, I didn't expect much when I got back to Ho Chi Minh from my Japan trip. I mean who would have thought Sushi in Ho Chi Minh can compared to those in Japan? I was wrong! Sushi Bar amazed me from my first bite of the Shashimi.
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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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70B Le Loi, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Phường Bến Thành Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Fabulous coffee/snacks on the second level and amazing clothing and home decor on the first. It is a hidden gem on the busy city street.
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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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1/23 Trường Chinh, Phường 15, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
On our way to find yet another banh mi cart, we noticed a tiny sign that said "boo coffee, 9th floor" at what looked like an alleyway full of parked motor bikes. We went in, took a crowded elevator up to the eighth floor (the 9th floor button was...
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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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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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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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169 Đường Ngô Tất Tố, Khu đô thị Phú Mỹ Hưng, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
To know pho is to know Vietnam. Vietnamese love it, savor it and depend on it from the time they wake up until the last meal of the day. It’s simple yet complex and includes unexpected treasures. Each local connoisseur of pho has a favorite...
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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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1-3 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
On a 2000 trip to Vietnam, Bill Clinton stopped by this second-level shop for a bowl of their super solid phở. Years later, Phở 2000 still touts the former president's visit and makes excellent noodle soup. Their fried spring rolls are addictive...
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400/8 Lê Văn Sỹ, Phường 11, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam
Chef Ngo Duc Hien moved to the U.S. with his family in the early '90s and studied biochemistry, then moved back to Ho Chi Minh City and opened this super under-the-radar restaurant in District 3. The food is modern Vietnamese, which means cool...