Unique wooden bird-cage design at the entrance of Explore Spa
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon Spa Experience – Relax Without Feeling A Pinch In The Wallet

I'm neither a spa nor massage fanatic, but I don't mind the occasional relaxing massage to pamper myself, especially when I visit neighbouring countries with lower cost of living compared to Singapore. Since I've heard & read many positive reviews about the massage parlours/ spa centres in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), it was a [...]

From top left in clockwise direction: Cyclo, Marou Iced Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Fish & Chips, & Tossed Soba Noodle Salad
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Peek Of The Strong Café Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

In a congested tropical city like Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), a sip of its Vietnamese iced coffee (cà phê đá) is certainly a cool reprieve from the hot & humid weather. Made using medium to coarse ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee with a small metal Vietnamese drip filter, this traditional coffee recipe has won [...]

Roadside stall selling Bánh Cuốn
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Taste of Saigon’s Must-Eat Local Specialties

While I have read & heard a lot of raves about Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) being a food paradise to cater to the most discerning taste buds, it has never spurred me to try out Vietnamese food at all. In fact, I avoid Vietnamese food whenever possible, because the amount of garnishes like basil, [...]

The unique pink church in Tan Dinh
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A Visit To The Old Hub Of Saigon In Tan Dinh District

Originally, we had wanted to venture to District 5/6 where the biggest Chinatown in Vietnam could be found. Known as Cholon locally, the Binh Tay Market is a major attraction in this district, offering everything from fresh produce to local goods with a Chinese flavour. However, through our local contacts (the hotel's Marketing personnel I [...]

The Saigon Opera House from across the street
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Going Through The Tourist Ritual in Saigon… Part 2

Continuing my touristy route towards the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon where other noteworthy architecture are situated, I passed by the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, with a bronze statue of Uncle Ho (Vietnam's late President Mr Ho Chi Minh) standing at the park in front of the French colonial-style building. Frankly, I didn't know [...]

Stalls selling a myriad of goods in the market
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Going Through The Tourist Ritual in Saigon… Part 1

Unlike other overseas trips where I would usually make concrete plans what I'd do, this Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) trip was one that was quite relaxed with no detailed itinerary. Yes, I still did a bit of homework on the must-see sights in the city, but I didn't pen them down into a physical [...]

Bright & airy lobby to welcome guests
Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Le Meridien Saigon – A Pampering Stay In Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the financial & commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - District 1, Le Meridien Saigon is a 5-star hotel under the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group. This stylish hotel only welcomed its first guests in September 2015, making it one of the newest hotels in HCMC, if not the newest. While [...]