I'll be arriving around midnight from San Francisco. Figure I'll get to the hotel around 2:00 am and will be a little jagged. Any place in district 1 open late/24 hrs where I can unwind with table service, not bad food and drinks?
#1 apertyx has been a member since 3/6/2009. Posts: 8
I shall piggy back on your post. I arrive at 10pm from Hong Kong so jet lag will not be an issue but the need for a cold beer will be severe. I am staying at Hong Han guest house, 238 Bui Vien St., Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Can an intrepid explorer find a beer nearbye?
#2 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
1130pm arrival in HCMC from Seattle via Narita.
Have res at Phoenix 74 hotel, 74 Bui Vien str , Dist1 , HCMCity,VIET NAM.
Do not know if it is a good hotel or not but recommended by travelfish.
Phoeinx 74 told me to pay between 7 & 8 USD for taxi from airport to hotel.
Looking forward to responses to Apertex & NYTIM posts.
I arrive October 18th
#4 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
we stayed at the Phoenix 74 last year, it was clean, and ok for the price, i wouldn't bother with the breakfast, and as for late night places to eat, we don't remember seeing any, but we didn't really look.
Most vietnamese places seem to close early, about 10ish.
As for taxis, turn right from the arrivals(or departures) and there is a taxi rank, get in a Mai Linh taxi (white with green trim)and they always use a meter.We paid 85000VMD gave him 100000, about $5.5. Don't get in an airport taxi out front.
#6 roynolan has been a member since 29/1/2009. Posts: 48
Since there appears to be interest I'll provide an answer to my question. This link to google's cache should work (couldn't find original page)
If the link doesn't work search for Ba Chieu Market, or ABC restaurant (reference to ABC is also in Lonely Planet-- open til 3-4 am).
Closer to Bui Vien St, a poster on another board reports late night places in the 150 block of Nguyen Trai St. Walking distance, I think.
#7 apertyx has been a member since 3/6/2009. Posts: 8
Nice work Apertyx,
Your reply makes me a little less concerned about arriving in Saigon in the wee hours. Where/how do get such info!!!!?
I have a question!! I should post it independently on travelfish but I don't know how.
My plans were to head north after HCMC and do a 6 month loop through SEA including Malaysia and evnetually back to Saigon in May.
With the current weather as my concern....
Would I be advised to reverse my trip????
ie... HCMC south to Malasia, back up through BKK, Burma, South China, Hanoi and back to Sai Gon in May, 2010????????????????????
Hey NYTim! My friend and I will also be arriving Oct 18th 'round 10pm from Hong Kong (I assume the same flight?) and staying at Hong Han! Maybe we could split a cab? :)
If not, perhaps see you at breakfast or something.
Hoping to check out that market as well. Very cool to read that it'll still be active then.
#9 TheAlmightyBob has been a member since 12/7/2009. Posts: 10
Well, I have arranged for a pick through Hong Han. Write to them and ask if you can share my pick up from the airport. Same plane, same hotel WOW
#10 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
What a coincidence. I shall arrive in Hong Kong on the 16th of October on a Continental flight from Newark, NJ. From Hong Kong on the 18th it is a United flight.
#11 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
NYTim: is your name actually Tim? Assuming that it is *not*, then Hong Han said sharing will be just fine. If it *is*.... then things are weird and I'm confused. They confirmed picking up somebody else from the same flight, it's just that the name wasn't Tim. But mine's not really Bob, so I supposed it might have been a silly assumption. ;)
Hong Kong is just a layover for me. United all the way. I'm a little jealous... I wish I had more than a couple hours there. Definitely a future trip...
(maybe the airport serves dim sum so I can feel like I'm really in Hong Kong...)
daawgon: thanks for the link.
#13 TheAlmightyBob has been a member since 12/7/2009. Posts: 10
Ha ha, my name is John Dillon. Wow you guys are in the air a long time. I am sure you will meet me at breakfast. I only have hand luggage so I shall be out of the airport rather quickly. My plan is to have a beer in my hand by 11pm or so.
#14 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
NYTim: Okay! Then you're the guy Hong Han said we could share pickup with. :)
(I didn't post the name just in case you didn't wish to have it on the forum)
We'll also have carry-on-only (though I wouldn't call it "hand luggage"), and certainly be *trying* to get out of the airport quickly. But if you're particularly concerned about the possibility of being delayed by us, let me know and I can tell Hong Han to forget it. Don't wish to cause inconvenience.
(I don't share the quest for beer, just the quest to not waste a minute of our time in HCM)
(my name is Caleb, btw)
#15 TheAlmightyBob has been a member since 12/7/2009. Posts: 10
Let's talk on the plane . I shall be in seat 34 C. If you are allowed off the plane at HG Look for a white guy with a beard and glasses wearing a straw hat and a black travel vest.
#16 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
NYTim: it's perhaps too late for you to see this, but we will no longer be crossing paths. I have been forced to reschedule my trip due to the flu.
#17 TheAlmightyBob has been a member since 12/7/2009. Posts: 10
That is a famous American name.
I would be interested how it goes for you in Saigon.
Especially since you will be arriving late.
I will be in your footsteps a month later and would benefit from your experiences if you want to post some.