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Drinking in Vietnam!
Favorite thing: Imported beer is available in Vietnam and some of these beers have breweries inside vietnam like Tiger Beer, San Miguel Beer, Heineken and more, although a number of domestic beers are brewed (Like Saigon Beer). Rice wine (rouo) is very popular, and there are many other local brands available. There is a variety of fruit wines such as apricot, orange or lemon. Soft drinks are processed from the many varieties of tropical fruits available and the list are endless like guava, watermelon, mango, coconut, dragon fruit, pineapple, melons and more. Water from the tap should be avoided, even though it has already been filtered and sterilized at 10ºC.
Fondest memory: assorted brewskies and beers in vietnam and moreso in saigon and the prices vary depending on where you ordered your brewksy.
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Fondest memory: My fonest memory was of crossing the street in HCMC. It was an unreal experience. Slowly stepping through a myriad of motorbikes, bicycles, cars, and cyclos was unbelievable. It's an experience you must have for yourself.
Street Names and the weird markings
Fondest memory: yes, the names and the weird markings surrounding it. you have to be careful with this
if you are equipped with the address make sure that the marking are copied as well. the locals dont know how to read without this stuff.
Drinking with the locals
Favorite thing: Often locals, and cyclo/moto drivers in particular, will invite you over to share some Bia Hoi (Draft Beer). It is usually around $0.20 a picture of beer and it isn't that bad. Be careful though. The Vietnamese can really put them away. They also play this game of saying "cheers" and downing half the glass. It goes simply like this: "Yeoh, 50 percent!" You then down half your beer. This can make you drunk very fast.
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Any roadside cafe where one...
Favorite thing: Any roadside cafe where one can sit and watch the local people and the amazing traffic. It is most important you sit on an intersection and watch the traffic pour into the roundabout . The site of no-one slowing down and no-one giving way is marvellous.
Fondest memory: The stately way all the women ride their bikes or motorcycles around town. They are beautiful, their backs ramrod straight and their clothes immaculate.
Favorite thing: If anybody is to ask me what my fondest memory in HCMC was, it's sitting on a roadside cafe and ordering a really big bowl of pho and a small cup of thick, vietnamese coffee.
Walking along the riverbank
Favorite thing: It was interesting to see all the adverts for foreign-capital companies. The walk along the riverbank itself was rather hot, muggy and not very pleasant-smelling compared to other areas of the city.
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