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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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Oct 10, 2004

Noodles Auntie

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

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Sep 28, 2004

Street Vendors Sell Good Food!!!

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.

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Aug 22, 2004

Main areas

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.

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Oct 14, 2003
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Haircuts / Hoc Toc

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! =)

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Sep 07, 2002

I saw a lot of french...

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

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Aug 25, 2002

Get out and wander the...

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...

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Aug 25, 2002

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.

Aug 24, 2002

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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.

Aug 24, 2002


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.

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Dec 02, 2004

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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May 09, 2004

Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh City

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Bitexco Financial Tower

I simply love the BHD Cinema Experience. And they have the best Caramel Popcorn in town! Also for girls who love UK Shopping Brands, they have TopShop, TopMan, Warehouse, etc. over here. For a...
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Post Office

This 19th century building is another great example of the legacy of French colonial architecture left in the City. its still an active post office and the inside is as ornate as the outside and not...
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Diamond Plaza

Not exactly a classic Saigon landmark, but it's a favorite with expats. Inside is a mall that's indistinguishable from an American mall, until you look closely at the products on the shelves. Upstairs...
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Cholon Mosque

The Cholon Mosque in Saigon's Chinatown is representative of the city's small Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim communities. Built in 1932, the blue and white house of worship is an island of simplistic...
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Temple in Cholon (Chinatown). Thien Hau, the lady of the sea is known as Matzu in China and is the chief diety of this temple which sits in the Chinatown of Saigon near the benh thanh market area in...
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Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine

While I confess I'm in the Minchin school when it comes to 'alternative' medicine, the Fito Museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine is worth a trip away from the centre. Set over four floors of an...
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