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.
Favorite thing Everyone in Vietnam is engaging in doing something at all time. This auntie is striving to live in over populated Saigon by selling noodles.
Some of us would have long retired & enjoying ourselves at our beach house or touring the world
Favorite thing As the sun begins to set in HCMC, the street vendors all begin to appear. Our mums always told us to never eat from the vendors but the ones in HCMC are really good.
Especially for dessert items. You want a nice banana and coconut waffle? Get it from the street stalls. Heaps cheaper and yummy to boot!
Need something to wash that down? How about a nice chilled coconut. Just $1. Ok, I give you two for a $1.
Fondest memory HCMC is a city that is alive. Not like some western cities that empty at night when the workers go home, this place comes to life with the setting sun.
Favorite thing Saigon' heart is located between the Le Loi Ave and the river. There you have the 2 main hotels (Rex & Continental), many restaurants and souvenir shops at Dong Khoi street (the one from Caravelle Hotel to the river).
If you follow Le Loi to the west, in 10 minutes you arrive to the Pham Ngu Lao area, full of backpackers Guesthouses, travel agencies and local restaurants.
Favorite thing If you're in need of a haircut, or just a little pampering, check out the Armani Beauty Center at 40-42 Dong Du ST. in District 1. A haircut will cost you a lot more here than getting it done by a street barber, but you'll be happier with it in the end. Haircuts are especially pleasant in Vietnam because they're followed up by a head and shoulder massage. Armani Beauty Center also offers a variety of other services including manicures, waxing, and breast firming and stimulation..... huh? Hey, I'm just relaying information here! =)
Favorite thing I saw a lot of french influence, some parts of the city reminded to me Paris or Nice!!
his is the french Cathedral, named Notre-Dame (it sounds to me!!) with masses in Viet, French and English.
Lot of devoted go there, and my hearth sounds when I enter, very heartbreaker.
Lot of asian from Japan, Taiwan or Coreo go there to get married and have a honeymoon in the coast of Vietnam
Favorite thing Get out and wander the streets! There are relatively few established tourist sites in Saigon, and getting a real feel for the city involves walking and cyclo-ing through its neighborhoods.
Fondest memory We did a lot of wandering around, during which time we were approached by dozens of Vietnamese people--not all of whom were just trying to sell us something. In 1996, foreigners were still a relatively infrequent sight in Vietnam, so people were almost as interested in us as we were in them. This man decided that he should leap into the photo I was taking of my friend Kathy at the central market. I think his presence adds something...
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.
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.