Thanks to my recent garden leave that I am able to squeeze in this impromptu trip. It was a last minute unplanned trip. As highlighted in my previous blog, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is one of the consideration place that I love to visit for short trips. Main reason being, it is just below 2 hours of flight journey and you will be able to break away from the usual bustling city to a relaxing city.
So without much hesitation, HCMC was a natural option that pops up in my mind.
As usual, enjoying myself with a great bowl of laksa and all day breakfast at the Plaza Premium Lounge prior to boarding. This is one of those anticipated meal to begin my travel journey.
Since this being an impromptu trip, there is no specific agenda other than a relaxing, cafe hopping and watching the world goes by kind of itinerary.
This time round, have decided to put up at Ha My 3 Hotel which is within walking distance to the all famous Ben Thanh Market. Cost is affordable at around USD30 per night. A decent size of about 20sqm with a large double bed.
For currency exchange, it is highly recommended to change in HCMC as the rates are much better compared to back home. In HCMC, foreign currency exchange can be made over at any of the jewellery shop you see on the streets.
So far, the shop that offers the best city exchange is none other than Ha Tam which is near the intersection lane at Nguyen An Ninh in Ben Thanh Market area.
Starting the trip by savouring local Vietnamese cuisine lunch at Ngo Saigon Street Cafe at B3 of Vincom Centre.
Cha gio hai san – Fried spring rolls with seafood
Chao tom – Grilled minced prawn on sugar canes
Heo xien que – Grilled pork skewers
Mien ap chao hai san – Glass noodles with seafood
Food quality is authentic and tasty.
Without second guess, next food haunt will be my all time favourite joint, Hai Lua at the night market.
Water morning glory sauteed with garlic
A die die must eat – Grilled red snapper flavoured with salt & spice
Seafood fried rice with generous chunks of squid and prawn
Enjoying leisure tea break at Trung Nyugen Legend, The No.1 Coffee. This outlet is adjacent to Diamond Plaza.
Love the beautifully decorated interior, looks posh and definitely a great place to catch up with friends or simply enjoying reading a book over a cuppa.
Green Tea Latte with Jelly
Ice Blended Coffee with Caramel
Their most delicious bread on earth – Legend Bread
Banana Crepe with Honey from M’drak Mountain
Snacking at Pho 24 for their traditional beef & chicken bowl soup. You can easily find a Pho 24 outlet near where you are.
More food trail lining up. Osaka Ohsho (王将) on Takashimaya Level 5.
Signature Tonkatsu Itacho Ramen
Signature Grilled Pork Shrimp Gyoza
Fried Chicken Karaage
Dinner at a local Vietnamese cuisine at Bien Duong Nha Hang
Boiled vegetable with special sauce
Clam with lemongrass and ginger soup
Fried spring roll
Cockles with fried garlic (interestingly, this dish is known as Bloody Scallop on the menu 😃)
Seafood fried rice
Munching light dim sum snack at San Fu Lou Cantonese Kitchen, an authentic Cantonese cuisine other than Dim Tu Tac which is featured in my previous blog trip in Apr 2018.
Pork, mushroom & crab roe dumpling
Beancurd skin rolls, prawn & pork
Pan fried pork buns & salted radish
San Fu Lou wok fried vermicelli, BBQ pork, prawn & egg
Enjoying Ashoka Authentic Indian Cuisine
Aloo Gobi Mattar – Potato, cauliflower, green peas tossed with tomato, fresh coriander amd Indian spices
Chicken 65 – Cubes of boneless chicken mixed with yoghurt, egg yolk, Indian herbs, curry leaves then toasted to perfection
Mutton Masala – Tender pieces of boneless mutton cooked with green peas, potato, tomato, green chilli with Indian herbs, spices and garnished with boiled egg
Saffron rice – Flavoured rice with saffron and fresh herbs
Garlic Naan – Indian bread of superfine flour flavoured with garlic
Another not to be missed delicacy (my all time favourite road side stall), this is a supper joint for night owls.
Yellow noodle soup with chicken, pig’s blood and white carrot.
Beer enthusiast, this is your kind of not to be missed place. You have to visit Number Five Bar at 42-44-46 Pasteur Street where you can have beef buffet from 3pm to 7pm daily at ONLY 130,000 VND. 😲😲😲
Sounds steam right??? So value for money that I am here for 2 days in a row…. 😎
Cafe hopping up next.
Relaxing at My Life Coffee, a nice cozy boutique cafe.
Beautifully done interior decor especially the nicely done flower feature wall.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee brewed and served in a cup
Soursop and peach healthy smoothies
Spotted another new cozy boutique cafe, Belvie Chocolate Shop. Couldn’t resist but to step in for a cuppa to enjoy the ambience and watch the world goes by.
Traditional Vietnamese Coffee with condensed milk (before drip)
Bonus shots of the day view……
Saigon Opera House
Saigon City Hall
One for the road meal at the Airport Orchid Lounge prior to bidding goodbye to this beautiful city.
This is what life should be and I certainly look forward to the day when I can do this as often & as and when I pleases. As for now, I am definitely satisfied with this achievement for the past few days.
Overall, it is a nice bonus trip before my upcoming Taiwan trip next month. 😊😊😊.
Till then. Hope you enjoy this read and stay tuned!