3 days in Ho Chi Minh City

What to do in Ho Chi Minh city ?

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

2. Have coffee
The Workshop Coffee
https://goo.gl/maps/eY1ujmWM23p
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Nurse a coffee in an old warehouse. Have a department meeting on the open tables. Low battery? Borrow a charger.

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L’Usine Dong Khoi
https://goo.gl/maps/Go9gZYY3Rsn

Tea Salon 1930 TWG
https://m.facebook.com/alen.yuu/

http://www.villaroyaletreasures.com/
Serve TWG tea

3. Vietnam chocolate
Marou

French style hot chocolate opened by two French men.

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Try
Quán Ăn Nam Lợi
Go for fish noodles
https://goo.gl/maps/PwPBVttc7j32

Quán Bụi
https://goo.gl/maps/mbhGyqzSnp12

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Stir fried Jasmine flower?
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5. Eat pho and wraps

http://www.vietnam-guide.com/5-best-pho-in-ho-chi-minh.htm

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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:
http://www.citypassguide.com/en/travel/ho-chi-minh-city/shopping/blog/top-cultural-gifts-in-hcmc

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