DOG FRIENDLY IN HO CHI MINH CITY: JOJO THE PUG’S PERFECT SAIGON DAY

JoJo moved to Vietnam from the US over a year ago, and after getting used to the heat and traffic she’s thrived in her new SE Asian lifestyle. She loves traveling with her family and in the past year has learned to swim in Mui Ne, camped in Phan Rang, partied on the beaches in Vung Tau and explored the floating markets of the Mekong Delta by sampan. Throughout all her experiences in Vietnam, this little princess’ heart always belongs in her crazy and hectic home-base, Ho Chi Minh City. Read on to see a perfect, sweaty Saigon day through JoJo’s eyes

 

 

 


Breakfast

On the patio at Au Parc –  23 Han Thuyen, D1- HCMC

 

 

5 JoJo Au Parc
Photo credit: Andrea Towne

 

Cyclo tour

The hardworking (impressively strong) gentlemen who pedal cyclos in the Saigon heat are the sweetest and love giving JoJo rides. Sitting on her mom’s lap with the wind in her fur is her favorite – plus seeing the faces of the people we pass by on the streets is priceless!

 

 

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Lunch

At Khoi Thom, Mexican food (with a Vietnam twist) is always super yum in the outdoor area 29 Ngô Thời Nhiệm, D3 – HCMC

 

 

9 JoJo khoi thom

 

 

Motorbike ride to D7

Wind in her fur times ten! HEAVEN!

 

 

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Drink and pug meetup

At Wonderland Café and Billiards – cool down with a caphe sua da or iced tea in the shade while JoJo plays with her buddies in a nice open field (elusive in Saigon!), interrupted by only an occasional stray motorbike cutting through the park. R11, Nguyễn Văn Linh, D7 – HCMC

 

 

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Nap

She obvi needs her beauty sleep!

 

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The Refinery or Soul Burger

Depending on her mood (salad or burger?), dinner outside at The Refinery with a relaxing fairy-lit vibe or on the balcony of Soul Burger with a sweet view of the chaos of the Ben Thanh Night Market. The Refinery: 4 Hai Bà Trưng, D1. Soul Burger: 4 Phan Bội Châu, D1 – HCMC

 

 

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Saigon Outcast

Finish the night with a ride out to d2 for a beer and chill sesh at outcast, preferably with an open mike night song dedicated to her. Saigon Outcast 188 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, D2, HCMC.

 

 

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Sleep for 2-3 days after

 

 

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Where does your dog like to hang out? Share YOUR favorite dog-friendly places in the comments!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known by some as the Queen of Saigon, Jojo is an 8 kilo purebred pug from the USA with rare brindle coloring. She was the runt of her litter and still has a very sweet and passive personality. She’s been called “the ultimate lapdog,” and is truly happiest spending with her family and friends at home and out on the town.  She’s pleased to sit in your lap for literally hours, and what she lacks in stamina and athleticism she makes up for in silly expressive looks and the sweetest licks and cuddles.

You can follow JoJo on Instagram @jfsadventures

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