Three Days in Vietnam: First Impressions

After three nights in Saigon Ho Chi Minh we’ve finally kicked jet lag and are flying to Hoi An this afternoon.  I’m so impressed by what I’ve seen so far of Vietnam that I can’t wait to see more.

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Ben enjoying a vietnamese coffee at Highlands Coffee

Thanks to the French, the availability of coffee and sheer volume of really good coffee shops in HCM is one of the most surprising things. On nearly every other corner you can find a Western style coffee shop, whether it be a local chain like Highlands Coffee, Starbucks, or The Coffee Bean. 

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Yummm!

Never underestimate how crucial coffee is during the first couple of grueling jet lag days.

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At small coffee shop near our hotel on Bui Vien street

Another wonderful aspect of French influence are the wide tree-lined avenues and beautiful parks of HCM, which at times make you forget where you are.

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Is this really Asia?

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HCM's Notre Dame

After traveling for the entire year, we tend to skip museums and tourist attractions unless they’re a must-see. For this reason other than visiting the nearby somber Cu Chi tunnels, we’ve mostly just walked around eating and drinking TONS of coffee.

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Pho and spring rolls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Not only can you get really inexpensive and tasty Vietnamese food, but you can also find anything from delicious Indian at Baba’s, Japanese, or even Texas BBQ. Last night we “splurged” on drinks at the fancy bar at the Park Hyatt followed by dinner at the popular Hoa Tuc. This morning we spent $2.50 on two bowls of pho, which was the cheapest meal of our trip.  

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View from the rooftop bar at Duc Vuong

Heading to the airport now, next stop Hoi An!!

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One response to “Three Days in Vietnam: First Impressions

  1. I loved Saigon when I first arrived. It’s a strange contrast though, very modern yet has all the quint charm of an old city when you walk down a back ally, enjoy your trip, Vietnam is amazing

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