Archive for the 'Saigon' Category

Oct 07 2012

Navigating Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Shopping

You'll never know what's in every bag.

While a visit to Saigon wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the popular Ben Thanh Market, it’s by no means an easy place to navigate. Here’s a guide to help you find what you’re looking for, from T-shirts to pho to fresh meat. With little signage available to direct you through the market’s interior, … read the full post

Sep 19 2012

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Enter at your own risk.

Ben Thanh Market is one of Saigon’s icons and forms the heart of downtown District 1, bustling with activity from early morning until late at night. The market has existed for quite some time in one fashion or another. The current location, renovated in 1985, was the site of another relocated market, called Les Halles … read the full post

Sep 12 2012

Saigon day tour

Published by under Saigon excursions

All aboard!

A quick walk through Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao will lead you past several locations selling tours. While most feature longer tours to popular areas around the city, like tours of the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels, most also sell a generic five-hour day-tour of Ho Chi Minh City. If you … read the full post

Sep 06 2012

Touring a Saigon lacquer factory

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

A lacquer artist hard at work.

If you find yourself shopping in Saigon, a walk through any market or mall will inevitably lead you, sooner or later, past a souvenir stand selling lacquer art. Lacquer can be very impressive to look at but the process of making it is also quite interesting. If you have time to spare while visiting the … read the full post

Aug 23 2012

Fixing a Mac in Saigon

Published by under Practicalities

Maybe it's an authorized reseller, maybe it's not.

Having computer problems while travelling through a foreign city can be a heartbreaker, taking away both a means of communication and a source of entertainment. While several shops service computers around Ho Chi Minh City, only a few repair Macs. If you’re passing through here and your Apple laptop is on the fritz, here’s where … read the full post

Aug 15 2012

Saigon’s best street soups

Published by under Saigon street food

Seriously, that's crab meat.

Saigon has no shortage of street food but the city’s selections of soups are where you will find some particularly impressive dishes. Here are a few soups that you should give a try while trawling the streets of the city. The most famous of Saigon’s street soups is easily pho, and the vendors on the … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

Splurge Vietnamese restaurants in Saigon

Published by under Food

Served family style so you can try more dishes.

It’s true that in Saigon you can get some of the world’s best food right on the street; on the other hand, plenty of tourist-trap fancy restaurants are poised ready to pounce and charge you ridiculous prices for average dishes. But if you’re interested in sampling a variety of Vietnamese dishes in better surrounds than … read the full post

Aug 04 2012

Saigon Central Post Office

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

Echo!

Just across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral, and a short walk from the Reunification Palace, the Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most recognisable landmarks in HCMC. A leftover from the French occupation of the city, the Post Office is one of the better-preserved examples of the colonial period’s architecture. Finished … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Avoiding scams in Saigon

Published by under Health & safety

This is what a good taxi looks like.

We’ve recently done a few posts on common Vietnamese scams from Hanoi; one about avoiding general scams in Hanoi and the other about avoiding taxi scams. Saigon has many of the same problems, but here are some things to look out for that are specific to the city. The most common place to be scammed … read the full post

Jul 26 2012

Saigon movie theatres

Published by under Sightseeing & activities

It actually looks like a normal theater.

Seeing a movie at a Saigon theatre is a cheap and easy way to spend a few hours and, since they play both Hollywood blockbusters and Vietnamese movies, you don’t have to understand Vietnamese to enjoy them. Movie theatres can be found in several easy-to-find locations, with two chains dominating Saigon. Galaxy Cinema, with several … read the full post

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