Saigon's Off The Beaten Path

December 21, 2017

As someone who doesn't like to follow what society normally does, in other words; as a traveller I always keep my options open. I normally would include some places or things that often people overlook and not overly touristy in my itinerary. Because sometimes, I just want to avoid the crowds. Chances are, the experiences you get give profound, richer, and definitely more satisfying. So in today's post, I will share with you some of Saigon's best of, that I managed to cross of my list.

First;         Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre
Where = 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1
Price = VND 230,000/pax
Showtime = 1700, 1830 & 1945 hours

The show was really interesting and very unique even though it's fully performed in Vietnamese with no English translation. It is still a very enjoyable show and witty at some points. I think you could only see this in Vietnam. Anyhow, we bought the ticket on the spot and it is advisable for you to buy in advance as the seats often fully booked. 

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Second;                      The Apartment Cafe 
Where = 42 Nguyen Hue Street

This is possibly one of the coolest building and honestly, if you have time or maybe an avid coffee drinker who drinks artisanal coffee, give them a go!




Third;                               Pho Muslim 
Where = Alley 505, 25/18 Tran Hung Dao Street
Price = VND 40,000/dish and VND 12,000/VN iced coffee
What to try = Pho & Bun Bo Hue

This is one hell of a street side stall that serves halal authentic Vietnamese food which is located near Jamiul Islamiyah mosque, locally known as Nancy Mosque. It serves pho in the morning (0600 - 1300 hrs) and bun bo hue in the evening (1600 - 2200 hrs). However, when we went there for dinner, both dishes were available. Admittedly, this is a hidden gem considering that most halal restaurants are typically located near Ben Thanh Market. If you want to dine here, it's not advisable to walk if you stay near Ben Thanh hence consider hailing Uber or Grab or taxi. 

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I had Bun Bo Hue and to be honest, I prefer this over pho.
 It's sorta underrated and it was really delicious.


In conclusion, these 3 are worth a trip or trips. Hiks.

Anyway, I had the chance to try the infamous Vietnamese spring roll at one of the halal restaurant at Ben Thanh Market and I would say, I don't like it.


Also, I managed to drink a shameful amount of that Vietnamese coffee that I rated 5/10 in my last last last .. post. I didn't like it before but somehow, they miraculously taste good that I kept buying. Not to forget, I had quite amount (lol I only had 2 miahahaha) of Banh Mi Bun that I rated 5.5/10 before. I guess, your taste bud will learn to grow eventually.

Write soon.


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