There is a lot to visit in Saigon, for sure. You can easily spend two whole days visiting Notre-Dame Cathedral, the old Post Office, the War Museum or the Reunification Palace. But if so, you will not have time left to discover turbulent Saigon another way. Let’s talk about the others must-do of the second Vietnamese city! Here are a few suggestions for you:
Eat a Banh mi to start your day
That is the way a lot of Vietnamese start their day, and you should do so at least once. You will start the day a great way with this generous sandwich made in a small baguette, accompanied if possible by a Ca phe sua da (iced coffee with condensed milk). However, following is an important warning: we said this is tasty, not light.
Take a Vietnamese cooking class
Because we all want to show off by offering amazing home-made spring-rolls to our friends. Because soy sauce has nothing to do with Nuoc mam and Nuoc Mam has nothing to do with the oyster sauce. In shorter can we say that Vietnamese cuisine cannot be invented, but has to be learnt. If you want to learn in a great friendly atmosphere, let’s take a class at Saigon Cooking Class.
Go to visit Ben Thanh market
But only early morning. So that you can see Vietnamese people doing the cooking shopping instead of seeing the tourists buying souvenirs a few hours later. Let’s put the alarm clock a bit early and go to discover real Ben Thanh market. And please, do not leave the market without drinking a fresh mango or coconut smoothie
Get a massage
But the Vietnamese way! Meaning it will hurt a bit at some moments. Hot stones, foot massage, cucumber mask. A great relaxation moment (with some painful moments though), lasting 90 minutes. There a lot of massage places in Saigon, but this one is great for sure: Quynh Nhu Foot Massage.
Look at the city from a high spot
Which means having a cocktail in one of the best rooftops in the city. Some of them, like the Rex and other more recent ones, are well-known, but we recommend you go to the GLOW, which greets a lot more Vietnamese people than tourists!
How to get there?
That is easy: the best way is to take a plane.
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