This is the street full of...
This is the street full of tourists also it was where Sinh Cafe and TM Brothers' office located. If you are travelling on your own as backpackers, this is the place. Buy your 'OPEN bus ticket' here. If you have been to Khao San Road of Bangkok, this street is the Saigon version of it with more bikes and peoples. Those guesthouses are inside these two rolls of shophouses, it's only a 6 feet wide alley walking like a labyrinth, once you are inside the alley, they atmosphere change into very local peoples' lifestyle with voices of baby crying, screaming, eating and...walking deeper again we can see some small signboard of guesthouse from these local houses, yeah that's what we want, knock on ther door, ring the bell, tell them you want a room. Average prices are U$6 to 10 for a room to fit in 3 of us with air-con and bathroom, woow! tha't how we enjoy Saigon.
Beer or Water?
I'm not an adventurous drinker so I started out drinking Tiger beer for two reasons. One, this is a tried and tested beer produced in Singapore. The texture is very smooth. Two, beer is about the same price or even cheaper than a can of soft drink. A bottle of Tiger cost me 10,000VND while a can of coke cost me 8,000VND.
Along the way, I learnt about their local beer - Ba, Ba, Ba. No, it's not a new song by N'Sync, but it's 333. Not too bad at all. A little too strong on the malt though.
A can of ba, ba, ba costs 10,000VND
The first floors of many of these houses are open to the street. Here various laborers fix various mechanical items, from motorbike engines to small appliances. Historically those working on a specific kind of task would be grouped in the same street.
Miriamman Hindi Temple
This extremely colorful Hindu temple is the only active one in Saigon and even amongst non-Hindu Vietnamese; it is revered as having miraculous powers. Built in the late 19th century and set just south of an area known as Little India, it is an interesting departure from the rest of Saigon. Once inside, you will soon feel worlds away from the modern city surrounding it. It is a very busy place of worship so please dress appropriately and keep your voice at a reasonable level. There is the familiar smell of joss sticks and lots of floral offerings. The figures adorning the top of the inner courtyard walls are particularly intriguing. It is easy to find 45 D Tuong Dinh, close to Ben Tanh Market and between the Pham Ngu Lao and Dong Khoi areas.
Budget Supermarket in Ho Chi Minh
Citimart is a popular Supermarket Chain in Vietnam owned by HCMC-based Dong Hung Co. Dong Hung launched the first Citimart in 1994 and seven of its current 16 stores are in HCMC, four in Hanoi and the rest in Binh Duong, Can Tho, Kien Giang and Dalat.
This branch is in the middle of Saigon Square Shopping Mall. Bottled water for 3,500 VND (10,000 VND at Tourist Places and Street Stalls), Coconut Candy 450 grams at 11,800 VND (200 grams at 20,000 VND in Mekong Delta!), Saigon Beer aluminum can at 7,000 VND (15,000 VND outside), Rice Paper for Spring Rolls at 5,000 VND small and 8,000 VND large (15-20,000 VND at Cu Chi rice paper stores!), Trung Nguyen Chon Coffee (weasel coffee or civet cat coffee) at 29,000 VND per 100 grams, Vinamit Dried Fruits starting at 16,000-39,000 VND (150 to 500 grams), Vietnamese Instant Noddles at 2,500 VND, and a lot more! better to buy your essential goods here like bottled water, sodas, beer, cocnut candy, etc since it is cheaper than the stores or in touristy areas.