Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

In the middle of Ho Chi Minh City sits two beautiful structures that are a reminder of the country’s French colonial past – the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Saigon Central Post Office. This was our last stop in Vietnam before heading back to Kuala Lumpur. Named after its much larger and grander counterpart in Paris, the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica was constructed in the 1800s by … Continue reading Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Note: The following post contains imagery that may be disturbing to some readers. War is a terrible thing – and it’s easy to forget that fact when we’re safe and well fed in front of our keyboards, thousands of miles away from where conflicts are happening. I mean, who cares about some faraway war, as long as they don’t affect us, right? It’s kind of … Continue reading War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

We’re almost coming to an end of our Vietnam trip! It has been an amazing few days in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the rich sights, smells and sounds of a country full of heritage, culture and beautiful natural scenery. On our last day in HCMC before flying back to Kuala Lumpur, we managed to squeeze in a little sightseeing at the … Continue reading Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

River Cruise down the Saigon River

What’s your idea of a romantic dinner date? If you’re looking for a nice, quiet cruise down the river at night with good food and entertainment, then you’d probably pick a river cruise. We hopped onto one of these one night at the Saigon River, which runs right through the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. We boarded at a ‘dock’ area, which housed numerous … Continue reading River Cruise down the Saigon River

Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Have you tried banh mi? Although the term is used to describe all kinds of bread in Vietnamese, it is synonymous with the sandwich version. Vietnamese cooking is very much influenced by the French, thanks to centuries of colonisation, and the banh mi is the perfect marriage of cultures. There is the hard baguette, mayo, pate and jalepeno, combined with native Viet ingredients like cilantro, cucumber, carrots … Continue reading Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dai Nam Theme Park, Vietnam

After a night of intense souvenir shopping at Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City and with our luggage firmly loaded with bags of jackfruit chips, Vietnamese coffee and other trinkets, we continued our exploration of Vietnam! An early morning rise and shine was in order since we had to do some travelling by bus. But first: Buffet breakfast! In Malaysia, we don’t get … Continue reading Dai Nam Theme Park, Vietnam

Ben Thanh Night Market, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

We are in Ho Chi Minh City, a bustling city that (almost) never sleeps! Unlike Hanoi, which is much quieter at night, HCMC is alive and thriving with activity after the sun sets with clubs, pubs, massage parlours and night markets operating until the wee hours of the morning. One such place is Ben Thanh Night Market located in District 1. Very similar to Malaysia’s … Continue reading Ben Thanh Night Market, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam