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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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!