We landed in saigon after a night in Manila and what a warm welcome it was. Saigon is incredibly steamy and takes time to get used to the heat!
We stayed in a fantastic place recommended by Leanna (thank you!), right in the centre of the city with a rooftop bar/restaurant. Great for chilling out in the heat of the day. We will definitely recommend it to anyone Duc Vuong Hotel and their motto is "We Are Family"!! Love it!
Chuc Mun Nam Moi
How to walk in Vietnam....
15min later Greg and I realised we needed to cross this same street back and the guy had long gone…..what to do?!
Two other tourists had come up and joined our waiting game, and we all decided to just step out confidently, as this seemed to be how to do it. It was hard, we alternately stepped and walked a few steps dodged bikes and cars and kept stepping with determination and finally made it. It was a bonding experience and we all ended up eating dinner and feeling like survivors!
Temple culture is interesting. You buy your critter of choice outside, be it bird, turtle, fish and then come in and release it in front of the temple. There is a ‘pond’ covered in green slime and loads of turtles, and you can even write a wish on the back of your turtle in marker pen before releasing it into the overburdened pond. Otherwise gifts of flowers, incense, oil and fruit will also suffice, and you can buy it conveniently inside the temple. Once inside elbow your way to the front by any means necessary and there bow your head in prayer and ignore the jostling, yelling, music and flashing lights while you think good thoughts. Fun and crazy religious times!
My favourite moment was seeing a temple in the backstreets while wandering with our new friends and finding it tucked away, no sign, no name but as we walked in a monk in brown robes on a motorbike drove straight into the temple, parked his bike in front of buddha and offering tray, and flicked on the kettle. Ahhh convenience!
We made a traditional 3 course vietnamese meal, veggie spring rolls with prawn garnish, deep fried sticky rice balls with pork inside, and my favourite vermicelli noodles, topped with veggies and bbq meat, with yummy fish sauce and sweet chilli over the top.
It was great, plus they gave us the recipes. I cannot wait to get home and try it out in London. Watch out London friends, experimenting time begins!
The food in Saigon was fantastic, Pho, bbq meats and more. We ate and ate. Oh my!
Whilst wandering through the backstreets we were also treated to have pics and food with locals celebrating the new year. Rice wine was handed around (very potent) and some sort of dried fish, along with the most horrible tasting ‘sweets’. Locals posed with us and great fun was had!
Robusta, Arabica, Moka, and even Weasel Coffee (which we tried in Da Lat - our next stop so stay tuned for the next installment!). But I had what the locals have.
Black vietnamese coffee (one of the above blends), drip brewed with sweetened condensed milk and a side of ice to plink into it. Also known as Ca Phe Sua Da. This is phenomenal.
One of the top 5 coffees I’ve ever had in my life, was in Saigon. Tears of joy were shed when I ordered the ‘Special Robusta’ vietnamese style with ice and condensed sweet milk. The perfect blend. I’d tell you the name of the store but I can’t let my secret get out, suffice to say its near the Art Gallery and not a tourist place. If you do want to know when you come to Saigon, email me!
Next stop is Da Lat, and what adventures (and coffee) await!
Dont forget to check out Gregs pics too!
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