Wednesday Wanderlust: Ho Chi Minh

Wednesday Wanderlust: Ho Chi Minh

also know as Saigon, the most populated city in Vietnam & one of my favourites that I have visited. My 9-day tour of Vietnam has started from South & worked my way up North, despite many people telling me to do the North first & move down. I landed in Saigon in the middle of the night, got to my hostel, which I luckily was able to check in early. I was super excited, grabbed my stuff & went down to the river side to check out the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful sunrises that I have ever witnessed in all the cities that I've been to. What I'm meaning here, is that it wasn't on the beach. 

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After spending a few hours by the river watching the life of the locals unfold, I went wandering around the city. The architecture & streets were very picturesque & inspiring. Vietnam was also celebrating the Chinese New Year while I was here, therefore quite a lot of places were closed for business. Guess that kind of helped me to go out & explore the city more rather than being inside establishments.

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So, what did I manage to get up to? See some awesome architecture, eat some fantastic local cuisine, see crazy traffic & drink lots of super strong & addictive Vietnamese coffee. 

 Wandered off the beaten track to find these gorgeous staircases. 

Wandered off the beaten track to find these gorgeous staircases. 

 Pasteur Street Brewing Co, 144 Pasteur Street. Down the alley and up the stairs,District 1

Pasteur Street Brewing Co, 144 Pasteur Street. Down the alley and up the stairs,District 1

If you know me well, you'll know that I am a huge fan of quality coffee & beer. I accidentally, stumbled upon this alleyway & thought, let's go down it & see what's there. Not thinking or expecting much, I came across a local brewery where I sampled their brews. If in the area, pop in for some tasters & lunch. They have other locations & more info on their site www.pasteurstreet.com

 Propaganda Bistro, 21 Han Thuyen, District 1

Propaganda Bistro, 21 Han Thuyen, District 1

This restaurant was packed when wandered past it. I was in need of a rest & lunch, so this was perfect timing. I was lucky enough to get a table outside with a perfect view of things & life unravelling in front of me. Watching people is one of my favourite things to do, & doing that while having an amazing pho & coffee was on point. 

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My Caffeine Chase wasn’t a very successful one here in Ho Chi Minh, du to the holidays. I managed to get to some of them, but only a few of them were open for business, & the rest, well I just had to admire them from the outside. I would like to share some of them with you:

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The Coffee Factory (TCF) & Cong Caphe are both chain cafes but their interiors & exteriors are worth checking out. The are two locations for The Loft too.

 Being a tourist at: Central Post Office, one of the Bank buildings, Saigon City Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Being a tourist at: Central Post Office, one of the Bank buildings, Saigon City Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

 Street life of Saigon

Street life of Saigon

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 One of the most amazing sunsets from up high at Bitexco Financial Tower

One of the most amazing sunsets from up high at Bitexco Financial Tower

Whilst you're in Ho Chi Minh, do book yourself on the Mekon Delta trip. I usually do things by myself but this one you have to do with a tour. It's about an hour and a half out of the city by bus, then you take a ferry before getting on the little boats. The tour takes you to see things like bee farms etc, just go with it & enjoy! 

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