3 days in Ho Chi Minh City

What to do in Ho Chi Minh city ?

1. Eat softshell crabs

Quan Thuy 94 Cu
94 Dinh Tien Hoang St., Dist.1,, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

2. Have coffee
The Workshop Coffee

Nurse a coffee in an old warehouse. Have a department meeting on the open tables. Low battery? Borrow a charger.


L’Usine Dong Khoi

Tea Salon 1930 TWG

Serve TWG tea

3. Vietnam chocolate

French style hot chocolate opened by two French men.



Quán Ăn Nam Lợi
Go for fish noodles

Quán Bụi


Stir fried Jasmine flower?

5. Eat pho and wraps


Pho Hoa on Pasteur is nearest to where I stay. It’s not my brother’s favourite.


My brother’s driver brought me here to Pho Phu Vuong. It’s air conditioned, clean and very good service. There’s a photo of a cow where you can point to which part you prefer.


I’m going to just go for the generic chain restaurants in Takashimaya building.

The best beef pho I’ve ever eaten was in Paris near Little Italy where I studied at Insead, I’ll take a train to Paris just for a pho. I think it was 7 Euros which translated to Singapore $16 in those days. I’ve given up eating good pho, or at least in my opinion, good pho. Because of the price range. Maybe even if I return to Paris, it’s my romantised memory of eating Asian food as a student.

6. Spa – see previous post
Miu Miu

7. Pedicure and Medicure
Fame nails
Pricing is transparent. Classic Manicure starts at 100,000 vnd or Singapore$6.12
Do give a tip if you’re pleased with the results.
No. 18, Pham Hong Thai, Ben Thanh Ward, HCMC
08 38 245 818

8. Watch a AO Show at Saigon Opera House.



9. Macadamia nuts at Andong market
Must buy: roasted and shelled cashew nuts, dried longan, dried persimmon, dried melon.


I’ve not even started on Ben Tanh market.

10. Forget about tailoring

I used to wear off the rack Vietnamese long dress Ao zai 25 years ago. Now, unless this is a tailor recommended by Vietnamese who serve an expat crowd, I won’t venture in. Not snobbery, but I think my frame is different.

Instead, consider these gifts such as quilts, lacquerwear, and even ceramics:

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