Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Saigon Story: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Day 3)

Read about my Introduction about Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and about Days 1 and 2 HERE

DAY 3: We  basically went to the places
that we passed by and we marveled on when we rode the cyclo the previous night.
We walked along the streets of Le Loi, Le Thanh Ton, and Dhong Koi.
Wearing the dress I got from Saigon Square and the sandals I got from Luu Van Lang. :') 
Went inside boutiques... and art galleries too since we were looking for a (legit) Vietnamese painting. We found "the one" hrhr during our last night in Vietnam. 
Behind us is the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee formerly Ho Chi Minh City Hall and its iconic statue. It is an official government building and is not open to the public. Hence, us just outside. ;p
It's equally beautiful during the night and during the day.
It is located at one end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard on Le Thanh Ton street.
The park in front of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee is so beautiful, clean, and relaxing.♥ Cooler weather please. :'p
Rex Hotel - famous luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam.
We went and took photos in front of the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also know as Saigon Opera House, just near Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee
My cyclo driver said that many couples take their wedding photos and pre-nup shots here. And whaduyuknow, we saw just that. 
The Saigon Opera House is also beautiful at night. Vietnam's city lights complements the lovely French colonial structures beautifully.
Then, we walked going to Dhong Koi street. Went inside boutiques.
We actually battled the streets of Dhong Koi with a mission –to go to Ipa-Nima. Mom's mission. LOL
Ipa-Nima has 3 branches in Vietnam: 2 branches in in Ho Chi Minh City and 1 branch in Hanoi. It also has branches in other countries namely Japan, Germany, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Singapore. Bongga, diba?!!
Ipa-Nima sells and is known for their handbags purses, clutches, hobos, totes, bucket bags & wallets and other fun accessories.
We actually went to Ipa-Nima during our 3rd day and 4th day. Hence mom wearing a red blouse on one photo. #momsfancies :"p
♛ Ipa-Nima in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
(1) 77-79 Dong Khoi street, District 1 -where we went
(2) 71 Pasteur street, District 1
 Ipa-Nima in Hanoi, Vietnam:
73 Trang Thi street, Hoan Kiem District

They say that to understand the Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam War, you have to go to the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and visit Cu chi Tunnels, but due to the hot weather, we rented a taxi and we decided to just pass by them.
They say it's worth to visit them. :)
Oops. Selfie. :"p I was trying to take a photo of Reunification Palace as my background. 
Reunification Palace
135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Practical Direction: Situated in the heart of District 1, a short walk from Ben Thanh market - follow Le Loi away from the market circle and turn left onto Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. source
Open Daily - 7 :30 am to 11 :30 am (closes for lunch) and re-opens 1 :00 pm to 5:00 pm. 
Entrance fee: VND 2,000 (child) and VND 15,000 (adult)
War Remnants Museum
28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Hi Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Practical direction and information: 
Located in District 3, but still relatively central; walking distance from Ben Thanh market. It's only a couple of blocks behind the Reunification Palace.
This exhibition shows some of the true horrors of the Vietnam War, a one-sided account perhaps but still captivating and poignant. source
Open Daily - 7 :30 am to 11 :30 am (closes for lunch) and re-opens 1 :00 pm to 5:00 pm. 
Entrance fee: VND 2,000 (child) and VND 15,000 (adult) source
*photo of War Remnants Museum from google images*
After our city ride, we asked our cab driver to drop us off to a good and known restaurant in the city. He dropped us off to a seafood restaurant. We went inside. There were only few customers. The menu didn't look appealing to us. We looked for another one. We walked and walked. Nothing seemed to tickle our fancies and tummies, hrhr. Then, we saw Pho No, a nicely interiored Little Prince-ish restaurant. We ate here for the lack of options since we also did not do our research. :-p I can't remember how the food tasted, though. 
Please excuse my face. I was eating the local fruits in my drink. I forgot what they call them, but it was good. :)
To cap off our 3rd day, we went around and had dinner at Ben Thanh Night Market.
Ben Thanh Market is just few walks away from our hotel -Thien Xuan. Sweeeet. 
Please excuse my head the awkwardly cropped photo. ;p I just want to show you the many food stalls in Ben Thanh Night Market. :')
Ben Thanh Night Market opens at 7 PM till midnight.

There are a number of Night Markets in Ho Chi Minh City namely:
Ben Thanh Market, Le Loi, District 1
Ba Chieu, 40 Dien Hong, District 1
Hoa Hung, 539a Cach Mang Thanh Tam, District 10
Cho Lon, Hai Thuong Lang Ong, Ward 11, District 5
Ky Hoa - Thong Nhat Stadium, 138 Dao Duy Tu, Thanh Binh
but, we only went to Ben Thanh Night Market :)

I feel like this post is long already. I'll just make a separate post about our last day (day 4) in Ho Chi Minh City. :-)

WHEN: November 4-9, 2012

Related Posts:
about Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Postal Office, Vincom Center, Wrap and Roll, street food at Nguyen Trung Truc, shopping at Saigon Square, haggling in Vietnam, Luu Van Lang, Ben Thanh Market, Water Puppet Show, cyclo city ride, and Dinner Cruise on Saigon River.

A Saigon Story: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Day 4 and *Regrets*)
- about walk to boutique shops in Le Thanh Ton to Le Loi street, Saigon Centre, Pho 2000, Vietnamese 3D Greeting Cards, Vietnamese Painting from Kim Do Art Gallery, Regrets: Mekong Delta and Halong Bay

1 comment:

  1. thank you very much for your sharing experience. If you come back to HCM, try this hotel, i like it very much
    sanouva budget hotel in district 1 ho chi minh city


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