Following Quy Nhon, we headed to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it’s commonly known by locals. I’ve been here twice before and seen a lot of the sights. This time we used the city as a bit of a base to head to Mui Ne, to use our airbnb‘s washing machine (very much needed by this point) and to spend a few days of living life as we would in Hanoi: hopping round coffee shops. Saigon, here’s what I think of you…
Saigon city, Hanoi’s cousin. It’s same same, but different. Streets wider than Hanoi’s are still full of motorbikes and cars beeping as they rattle by. Buildings stand tall and proud, overlooking the alleys and lanes which are full of life. Wet markets and street venders are juxtaposed against luxury stores, while street food stools line the pavements outside fine dining restaurants and popular brunch spots. There are coffee shops galore: the perfect places to perch for a while, basking in the air con and watching the people outside as they wander, march or ride on by. From the balconies these people become ants, and are just as hard-working, hustling in their jobs and upselling what they can. Trees line the streets, though there’s no breeze to dance with the leaves, and storeys and storeys of high-rises line the sky.
More posts about Saigon’s food + drink scene to come!
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