Enjoy the Vietnamese kitchen: Hanoi Delights and Discover old temples: Hue Impressions

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City Delights

Discover the restaurants through the eyes of people, who have been there, read their comments, see their pictures and find your way with the help of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Google Map


Windows 4 Cafe: 12 Alexandre De Rhodes Street. Near Reunification Palace. The place to be for fashion lovers.

Picture © Lawrence Sinclair

Aq Café: 39 Mac Dinh Chi. In a restored wooden residence with pleasant courtyard. Read review on elephantguide.com

Café 9: 9-11 Ly Tu Trong.

Café Central An Dong: 18 An Duong Vuong. In Windsor Plaza Hotel. "One of the rare places in the city, where food is available 24 hours", notes indochinatravelexpert.com. From Vietnamese to Western food.

Centro Café: 11-13 Lam Son Square. It replaced former Illy Café. MIxed reviews on tripadvisor.com. A good place to pick up local magazines and newspapers, notes Food & Wine.

Ciao Café: 74-76 Nguyen Hue. Pizza, pasta and sandwichs. Head for the top floor! See also picture gallery by boy yniguez. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com. "The local Vietnamese coffee-shop that slips into the role of an Italianate trattoria at lunch and dinner looks best when it comes to fresh doughnuts at breakfast", notes thebestasia.blogspot.com.

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Creperie & Coffee: 5 Han Thuyen. Atrracts trendy people. Read noodlepie's reviews, travelmuse.com, chefmoz.org and saigonscene.com.

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Apple and cinnamon crepe. Picture © CC

Sozo Café: 176 Bui Vien. Sozo is a cafe, which was established for helping street kids to be trained for employment and have the opportunity for a new start in life. Read worldcitizen's review.. A nice place for some bakery and coffee according to the reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read more in an article of Responsible Tourism Guide to the Mekong.


Allez Boo: 187 Pham Ngu Lao. A bar for backpackers with restaurant.

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Banh Xeo 46a: 46a Dinh Cong Trang. Pancakes. "A must-try for those wanting an authentic, cheap and delicious local dining experience in Saigon", comments A Girl in Asia.

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Picture © Hiroht

Banh Xeo: Near Tan Dinh Church. Vietnamese pancakes deep fried with shrimp and filled with beansprouts.

Bo Kho Restaurant Bun Nuoc Leo Soc Trang: 11 Phung Khac Khoan.

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Bun Bo Thanh Noi: 75-77 Cong Quynh. Just around the corner from Bui Vien. Hue style cuisine.

Bun Cha Hanoi: 26/1 Le Thanh Ton. Grilled pork served with a dish of vegetables. "Very popular but unadorned eatery", comments indochinatravelexpert.com.

Hoa Mai Restaurant: Rex Hotel. 141 Nguyen Hue.

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La Table de Saigon: At the lobby of Hotel Bi Saigon.

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Lemongrass: 4 Nguyen Thiep. A good place to discover the traditional Vietnam cuisine. Read review by concierge.com

Cold spring rolls, fish baked in a pot, morning glory (spinach) and chilli and ginger chicken. Picture © George & Bec

Long Son Quan (Bo Tung Xeo): 31 Ly Tu Trong. Bo tung xeo means barbecued beef dish. Noodlepie describes, what this is. You get also Cha Cha, the fried fish in Hanoi style. Read the review of Vietnames Pho Noodles.

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Maxim's Nam An: 13-17 Dong Khoi. Vietnamese Haute Cuisine. Sit in carved wooden booths with silk curtains and flower decorations on the wall, at the center of a grand dining room or in the upstairs gallery, feel like in Saigon from 1920 and enjoy a wide variety of traditional seafood, pork or beef dishes. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com

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Decoration on the wall. Picture © marhas1

Mi Keo Soi Trung Hua: 86 Bis Le Thanh Ton. Noodles, freshly made in front of the guests, served with grilled pork and a bowl of broth.

Miss Saigon: 86 B le Than Ton. Fish-meals. With beautiful garden.

Nam Giao: 136/15 Le Thanh Ton. Hue style cuisine.

Nam Kha: 46-50 Dong Khoi.

Nam Phan: In two villas and a courtyard. 64 Le Thanh Ton. Dishes from the south, the centre and the north.

Ngan Dinh Harbour View Restaurant: 2A Ton Duc Thang. Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese seafood.

Pho 2000: 1-3 D Phan Chu Trinh. Noodle soup. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com, also Bill Clinton was here.

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Phung Vy Seafood Restaurant: 222-226 Nguyen Tri Phuong.

Quan 3 Mien: 122 B Tran Quoc Thao. Specialities from Hue, Hanoi and Saigon.

Quan An Ngon: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Former street vendors prepare their specialities in an openair area. The tables "are packed by locals - always an auspicious sign", comments concierge.com. Some dishes you see in Noodlepie's blog. A lot of good reviews on tripadvisor.com and frommers.com. Read also the report of Wanderlust.

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Picture © Lois

Mien Luon. Picture © Noodlepie

Banh Tom Ho Tay. Picture © Noodlepie

Quan Nuong: 3rd Floor, 29-31 Ton That Thiep. Barbeque on the roof.

Restaurant 13: 13 Ngo Duc Ke,

Saigon Tan Cang:. 100 Ung van Khiem. Garden restaurant at Saigon river.

Song Ngu Seafood Restaurant: 70 Suong Nguyet Anh. In a villa with a vast garden. Every evening traditional Vietnamese Music. "Though popular with tourist, the food’s too good for Song Ngu to be a tourist trap", writes hautestuff.blogspot.com.

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Song Trang Restaurant: 1035 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh. The place to enjoy cuisine from Binh Dinh. For example nem: A pork paste made from minced lean pork spiced with fish sauce. Or Thit thung, a fillet of beef seasoned with spices, fried in oil and cooked in water. Read an article by Diem Thu.

Temple Club: 29–31 Ton That Thiep. In a former Chinese temple. Read the reviews by concierge.com and frommers.com. At the same place is Fanny Ice Cream.

Temple Club. Picture © Lawrence Sinclair

Fanny. Picture © 一上

Vietnam House: 93-95 Dong Khoi. In an old colonial building. High class cuisine, according to thebestasia.blogspot.com. Read also the review by My Vietnam and good reviews on tripadvisor.com

Picture © Josette

Wrap and roll: 62 Hai Ba Trung. You roll your choice of meat or seafood with basil, mint and lettuce up in a rice paper. Good review by frommers.com.

Meal at "Wrap and roll". Picture © loan

Xu: 71-75 Hai Ba Trung. "One of the finest restaurants Saigon has on offer", notes frommers.com.

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hochiminhcity/D67986.html#ixzz0jlmdJWyN


Au Manoir de Khai: 251 Dien Bien Phu. Entertainment with violin / cello / guitar music performances in the garden every Thusday and Friday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. From "best restaurant in Saigon" to "overprized": the reviews on tripadvisor.com. "Au Manoir is Ho Chi Minh City’s most opulent and costly dining experience", notes Noodlepie and adds: "Concealed behind a perimeter of high concrete walls, this very exclusive establishment - housed in a stunningly restored French colonial villa framed by manicured gardens and a reflecting pool - epitomizes the aspirations of the newly rich."

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A crab-cake as starter. Picture © Connie

Camargue: 191 Hai Ba Trung. French and Mediterranean cuisine in a French villa, surrounded by palm trees. "Saigon's most fashionable dining place" according to thebestasia.blogspot.com. "You can choose to sit in the cozy interior on garden level or on the airy terrace and balcony on the first floor", notes anyarena.com. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com.

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La Fourchette: 9 Ngo Duc Ke. French bistro. *Among the city’s better French restaurants", comments travelandleisure. Read also the blog auf gastronomy.

Picture © Lawrence Sinclair

La Nicoise: 42 Ngo Duc Ke. French and mediterranean cuisine. Just five tables on the ground floor and four upstairs. "La Nicoise may be a little hole in the wall but the food won't disappoint", says travelfish.org. One good review on tripadvisor.com and on ruba.com. See picture by Shadow Traveller.

Le Mekong: 57 Dong Du. "Classical guitar and violin music combined with soft lighting create a relaxed and romantic atmosphere for dining", describes travelmuse.com. See fotostream by Jon Siegel.

L'en Tête: 139 Nguyen Thai Binh. Live jazz on some days. very good review by Michael Slater. "Part art gallery, the spacious dining room is full of comfortable velvet chairs, intimate tables and artfully draped curtains", writes Nell Mcshane Wulfhart.

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L'Etoile: 180 bis Hai Ba Trung. Classic cuisine "with nouvelle innovations greatly appreciated by diplomats, expats and cosmopolitan locals", comments thebestasia.blogspot.com. Critical reviews on tripadvisor.com.

The Refinery: 74/7 Hai Ba Trung. French bistro in the old headquarter of an opium refinery. Reead review by frommers.com. Mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com.

Picture © Melanie

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Crystal Jade Palace: Legend Hotel. 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang. Cantonese cuisine.

Golden Phoenix: 242 Tran Binh Trong. Dim Sum. "A rising star in Ho Chi Minh City's restaurant firmament, though its Szechuan and Cantonese treats don't come cheap", notes iexplore.co.uk.

Lucky Star: 38 Nguyen Hue.

Ming Dinasty: 23 Nguyen Khac Vien. Top end Cantonese restaurant. It "can please even the savviest connoisseurs of traditional Chinese cuisine with its dim sum and Hong Kong specialties", writes The Vietnam News. One review on tripadvisor.com.

Seasons Szechuan Restaurant: Windsor Saigon Hotel. 193 Tran Hung Dao. Spicy dishes.

Tan Hai Van: 162 Nguyen Trai. From Dim Sum to shark fin soup. Read the review by indochinatravelexpert.com.


Good Morning Vietnam: 197 De Tham.

Korean and Japanese:

On Thai Van Lung and Le Thanh Ton you find many Korean and Japanese restaurants.

Bu Ja Jib: 19 Thai Van Lung

Dae Jang Geum: 01 Nguyen Van Chiem. Marinanted grilled beef cooked at the table. Read the blog of Cutie and see her pictures.

Kampachi: Equatorial Hotel. 242 Tran Binh Trong. See pictures and read the review by Christine Leng.

The Sushi Bar:2 Le Thanh Ton. Sashimi and Sushi from Vietnamese and imported fish in reasonable price, notes anan-vietnam.com. "The place always seems full, which is a good sign", comments frommers.com. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com. More details has noodlepie.


A Silver Elephant: 17 Do Quang Dau. "one of the best spot for Thai Seafood Cuisine in Saigon", comments anan-vietnam.com. Outstanding food, according to travelfish.org.

Sawasdee: 102-104 Le Lai. "Well-crafted seafood dishes like the crispy catfish salad with mango sauce", notes The Word Ho Chi Minh City.

Picture © Sawasee


Gartenstadt:. 34 Dong Khoi. Good German food, good German beer, according to tripadvisor.com


Original Bodhi Tree: 175/4. Pham Ngu Lao. Vietnamese and international dishes. It used to be next door at 175/6, where the owner of the house opened a copy of Bodhi Tree Restaurant...

Black Cat: 13 Phan Van Dat. "Operated by an American expert and his Vietnamese wife, Black Cat is the best marriage of the two culinary cultures in town", comments Indochinatravelexpert.com. "Black Cat burgers are absolutely sumptuous", adds saigonscene.com.

Picture © Bob&Patty


Gourmet Royale Restaurant: 193 Tran Hung Dao. In Windsor Hotel.

Floating Restaurants:

Bonsai Cruises: Bach Dang pier at foot of Nguyen Hue Street. Vietnamese and Western (sea)food from a buffet. Live Band.

More about Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):

Ho Chi Minh City Impressions: Discover the town.

Cholon Impressions: Discover Chinatown.

Hotels and Guesthouses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Good reviews and not so good ones.

Temples in Ho Chi Minh City: Pictures and history

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A mini Hue in Ho Chi Minh City

You felt lost, when you walked around the imperial town of Hue? Or you just got the desire of having an overview? You can have this just 20 kilometres away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Nearly forty years old Nguyen Thanh Tung, who grew up in Hue, has spent five years with building in his garden in Long Binh Ward. On 1000 square metres he has created a miniature version of Hue (read more) and named id "Ngu Lam Vien" (Royal garden). See pictures by Lan's Lucky. Adress: Hue thu nho giua long, 502-504 Hoang Huu Nam, Long Binh, District 9. Tweet This

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City Impressions

See the locations on Ho Chi Minh City Google Map

Saigon seen from the Diamond Plaza:

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Notre Dame Cathedral:

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Hotel de Ville:

Picture © Yiping Lim

Ben Thanh Market:

Picture © alex.ch

Picture © Wilson Loo

Picture © Natsu

Fine Arts Museum:

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Saigon River from high up:

Picture © Nguyen Trung

More about Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):

Cholon Impressions: Discover Chinatown.

Ho Chi Minh City Delights: Reviews of restaurants and cafés.

Hotels and Guesthouses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Good reviews and not so good ones.

Temples in Ho Chi Minh City: Pictures and history

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Temples in Ho Chi Minh City

See the locations on Ho Chi Minh City Google Map

Jade Emperor Pagoda - Phuoc Hai Tu - Chua Ngoc Hoang: 73 Duong Mai Thi Luu. Built 1909 by the Cantonese community, very colorfoul, with phantastic statues of divinities. In the main sanctuary you find the Jade Emperor (Ngoc Hoang). This Taoist figure is the "god of the heavens", he decides who will enter and who will be refused. In a room to the left you'll find Kim Hua, a goddess of fertility, and Thanh Hoang, the King of Hell. Carved wooden panels show the tortures that await the damned. Read more details and see a video by dungzoom.

The door. Picture © marhas 1

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Lions guard the entrance. Picture © marhas 1

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Picture © marhas 1

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Read more about the temples in Cholon (Chinatown):
Cholon Impressions

More about Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):

Ho Chi Minh City Impressions: Discover the town.

Ho Chi Minh City Delights: Reviews of restaurants and cafés.

Hotels and Guesthouses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Good reviews and not so good ones.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cho Lon Impressions

See the locations on Cholon Google Map

Cho Lon means: "large market". That refers to Cho Binh Tay wholesale market.

At Binh Tay market. Picture © karma-police

Binh Tay market lies at Phan Van Khoe Street.

Binh Tay Market, picture © Lois

Binh Tay Market. Picture © Jerry

Inside the market. Picture © Lois

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Binh Tay Market. Picture © Jerry

Cho Lon is the Chinese district of Sai Gon - it might be the largest Chinatown outside China. Tran Hung Dao street is the main artery. This street as well as others like Trieu Quang Phuc, Chau Van Liem and Luong Nhu Hoc show you blocks of houses built by the ethnic Chinese people a century ago, combining Chinese and French architectural design.

Tran Hung Dao. Picture © ian

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Outside Cholon Post Office. Picture © noodlepie

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Quan Am Pagoda: 23 Lao Tu. Also: Hoi Quan On Lang. Built in 1817, the oldest existing temple in Saigon. The central altar is dedicated to A Pho (Queen of Heaven).

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Picture © ultrapop design

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Picture © Günter

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Nghia An Hoi Quan: 678 Nguyen Trai. Assembly hall of the Teochew Chinese community. The central building is dedicated to Guan Gong, the God of war and literature. It has existed before 1866, when it was ristored. Read more on chinatownology.com

Boat carving. Picture © Blaise Machin

Picture © Jean-Christophe

Picture © Jean-Christophe

Phuoc An Hoi Quan: 184 Ð Hung Vuong. The Pagoda was built in 1902 by the Fujian Chinese community. There are beautiful carvings on the walls. Open: From 7 am to 5.30 pm. See video on youtube.com

Picture © Jean-Christophe

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Picture © Jean-Christophe

Tam Son Hoi Quan:

Picture © Günter

Chùa Bà Thiên Hậu
: 710 Nguyen Trai. Goddess Thien Hau protects those, who go to the sea. This temple was founded by the Cantonese Chinese around 1760. Read more about this pagoda and the legend of Thien Hau.

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The goddess Thien Hau. Picture © DoktorMax

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Jamial Mosque:

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Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street: Strong odors of herbs you smell her. They come from traditional pharmacies, you are on the traditional Chinese medicine street. Read more and see pictures on yVietNam: Along Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street

Eat in Cholon

Cho Lon Best Food Town: Pham Don (off Hai Thuong Lan Ong). A street of food stalls.See the review by vanishingsaigon.com

CNSG: 162 Nguyen Trai. See picture by Lawrence Sinclair

Stalls near the Post Office: What noodlepie likes.

93 Tran Van Kieu Street: Chinatown Pho by noodlepie

Shopping in Cholon

Nguyen Trai street is known for fashion and clothes.

Parkson Hung Vuong Plaza: Mall with a lot of foreign brands.

More about Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon):

Ho Chi Minh City Impressions: Discover the town.

Ho Chi Minh City Delights: Reviews of restaurants and cafés.

Hotels and Guesthouses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): Good reviews and not so good ones.

Temples in Ho Chi Minh City: Pictures and history

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