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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Angeline Saturday, February 26, 2011 , ,
Fasten your seatbelts as Ho Chi Minh City is a metropolis on the move, I'm not just talking about the motorbikes that throng the streets. Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials, is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the whole country forward with its limitless energy. It is a living organism that breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

Contributed by Gladys

Saigon is a name so evocative that it conjures up a thousand jumbled images. Wander through timeless alleys to ancient pagodas or teeming markets, past ramshackle wooden shops selling silk, spices and baskets, before fast-forwarding into the future beneath sleek skyscrapers or at designer malls, gourmet restaurants and minimalist bars. The ghosts of the past live on in the churches, temples, former GI hotels and government buildings that one generation ago witnessed a city in turmoil, but the real beauty of Saigon’s urban collage is that these two worlds blend so seamlessly into one.

Saigon has it all, whether you want the finest hotels or the cheapest guesthouses, the classiest restaurants or the most humble street stalls, the designer boutiques or the scrum of the markets. At Saigon you can experience so many things, memorable conversations, tantalising tastes and moments of frustration. Stick around this conundrum of a city long enough and you may just unravel its mysteries.
Ho Chi Minh Muzeum
Opera House
Bun Goi Da
Vietnamese Milk Coffee
Ben Thanh Market
Ho Chi Minh Street
City of Motorbikes
Saigon Central Post Office
Telephone Booth @ Central Post Office
Notre Dame Cathedral
Wall Decor Art
Cao Dai is a sect that mixes all sort of religions and famous people as their prophets. A bit kitsch and outdated but interesting to see in a country that is in majority buddhist and where the government has been cracking down on all sort of religious beliefs in the last 30 years.
Nem Ran (Spring Rolls)
Cheap Beer, 2 bottle for only US$1
Banh Mi Thit
The Vietnamese equivalent of a “submarine” – a Vietnamese baguette stuffed with any of a wide variety of fillings including ham, cheese, canned sardines, Vietnamese bologna and pickled carrot
3 differrent Type of Coffee
Window's Coffee
Cozy Vietnamese Restaurant
Goi Cuon
The famous Vietnamese “summer rolls”: shrimp or pork (sometimes both) with herbs, rolled up in rice paper and served cold with a peanut dipping sauce.
Cha Ca (Deep Fried Fish)
At the Park, Gym Equipment for public
Beef Stewed Noodle
BGI 450ml Beer, USD2 per bottle
Coffee Time
Dessert: Super Sweet Steamed Banana
Dessert: Mung Bean, Pearl Waterchesnut, cendol and etc
Pho Beef Noodle
Contributed by Gladys
A short trip: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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