Monday, September 20, 2010

three stop: ho chi minh

here are three stops which you can do on a short walk in Ho Chi Minh City in Vitnam. all three stops are within five to ten minutes walk from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
[1] Saigon Central Post Office
one of my favorite stop after a day walk around Ho Chi Minh is the old post office which now remains as one of its landmark and was designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel.
it has retained some of its old phone booths with some shops inside. maps, murals and beautiful pillars makes it more attractive. Vietnam stamps are still available around this area where can buy for your collection.it is just across the Notre Dame Cathedral in Cong xa Paris street in Ho Chi Minh.[2] Bun Bo Thanh Noi Hue
from the cathedral just walk straight along Pham Ngoc Thach and when you reach the circular plaza, find this small food shop along Tran Cao Van street. you can easily miss out this place as it occupies a small entrance like majority of the shops arond Ho Chi Minh.
it's here where one can find a really good variety of Vietnam Pho. including its crabilicious Pho, which is basically a pho with crab rolled meats. you'll find the owner of the shop so excited to welcome you when he learns that you're a foreigner.
the waitress won't understand your order as the menu are written in Vietnamese language. so what's the best thing to do when you're there? go to the kitchen and from there point the one that they're cooking and say that's what you want. i'm sure it's something good. that makes it more exciting to eat.

[3] Cong Truong Quoc Te Roundabout
just right next to Bun Bo Thanh food shop is this circular man-made water park which transforms into a decorative structure on special occasions. an irregular pathway leads you to its center which has a long ladder.few steps more along Pham Ngoc Thach brings you to a modern look of Ho Chi Minh. that makes a somehow tiring yet a worth walk around Ho Chi Minh.

24 comments:

Photo Cache said...

great tips dom. i really like your tip about ordering for food.

and that post office is simply spectacular. i'm glad the structure has retained its beauty.

pang international ka na talaga ah.

are you going to do post a summary of expenses after this series?

sheng said...

I travelled with you! teeheee!

fufu said...

yeah nice post office!!! like a train station!! lol :) ops i miss vietnamese food!!!! oh...

bw said...

I'm a pho fanatic. It would be awesome to sample authentic pho spoup in Nam :)

Nice crisp pics !

madbong said...

nice post dong!i want to go to vietnam someday

Mangyan Adventurer said...

Nice naman Kuya DOng...

Parang nagtravel na rin ako...

Haha!

docgelo said...

i like the ceiling of saigon central post office; such pleasing to the camera.

Eds said...

i like your tip about ordering for food there. hehehe

Ria Jose said...

Ho Chi Minh looks like a nice place for walks and muni-muni.

And the soup looks yummy. :)

ni├▒abonitanggala said...

the structure of the post office is really amazing...nice pics dom.

we missed Cong Truong Quoc Te park and that pho. we did eat pho and we thought it was delicious enough, but this one looks more delicious.

alicesg said...

Very interesting. One thing about free and easy is that you can walked around the streets and town and enjoyed the local food.

witsandnuts said...

That's a good tip on food order. I remember it took us almost an hour for the waitress to understand our order when we were in Hong Kong. It did not help that there were pictures on the menu. :(

Beth said...

ang gaganda ng pics! wala akong mpiling gusto ko. sige na nga, fave ko un last pic. i like the angle. pero gusto ko din un temple pics e. hay...galing mo talaga. anong dslr gamit mo?

Chyng said...

sorry nadistract ako sa pho. now im craving. pag may nahanap kang close to authentic dito sa pinas, kain tayo!

are you home?

Bengbeng said...

i like this post Dom. i like the old buildings n i simply love the one abt the noodle seller n the food. it looks delicious.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

What struck me Dong are the new buildings which I don't recall seeing only five years ago. Ang bilis ng development sa HCMC talaga!

SandyCarlson said...

Ah, the global influences we exert on each other and have for so very long. A beautiful blending. Love that P.O.!

Borneo Falcon said...

HCM is definitely a beautiful city worth venturing on foot. A lot of jewels seem to be hidden at every nook and cranny of the city

Sidney said...

Will keep this in mind !
I need to confess I really want to go there... soon sana!

I am Xprosaic said...

Must remember these... hehehehehe *cross fingers* sana sana... lol

atticus said...

ooohhhh...i love saigon post office. really. lalo na iyong tables nila para sa mga magsusulat. it's so old and beautiful.

nuts said...

thanks for Vietnam series! ganon pala, pwede din turo turo sa food.. dagdag kaalamanan sa Vietnam.. Great photos ever!

Beth said...

Hi again, i read your reply on my blog. Pero ask ko sana kung anong brand ng DSLR? :P Me balak kasi ako bumili. Thanks so much for the reply, sana di ka busy to tell me. THanks thanks!

princess_dyanie said...

dom! si nadz pala kasama mo sa hcm! hello sa kanya! :)

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