In search of fresh pho and French food

In a month, I'll be in Ho Chi Minh City (or is it more kosher to refer to it as Saigon?). I have four days, I have Travelfish's downloadable e-guide, and I have no travel objectives other than to consume as much fresh street food and inexpensive good French food as I can.

I'll be scouring noodlepie, Nibble & Scribble and The Travelling Hungryboy for tips, and Woof!'s already passed along his recommendations, but if anyone has any other advice to offer for my little jaunt, I'd be glad to hear it. Given how busy work has been lately, this is my least planned-in-advance trip ever (despite having booked air tickets more than three months ago).


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At 7/08/2007 10:07 am , Blogger Unknown said...

Book all your tours at Sinh Cafe.

It's at the backpacker district, and prices start from USD6. of course you can pay in Vietnamese Dong(VND) too.

Hard to change VND in Singapore. So what you do is change a small amout, like S$30 at the saigon airport. Then when in the city head to the goldsmiths, near Benh Than Market. They have a better rate there.

Got a plca to stay? google SunFlower Hotel vn. Cheap rates, comfy rooms..

At 7/12/2007 12:57 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pho 2000 is good. I think it's better than Pho 24.

Also, there's this place featured by Anthony Bourdain called "com nieu saigon". the food's good but the most entertaining part was watching the waiters smash the claypot to get a rice cake out.

And there's the collection of street food under one roof that's opposite the reunification palace. The name escapes me but it is featured in most guide books.

you should go check out the view from the bar at the top of the Sheraton Hotel.

I stayed in Omni Saigon - got a good rate at their website.


At 7/12/2007 7:19 am , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

Don't forget to eat the dragonfruit!!!


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