Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Are you a phò lover? To the point that every payday you dine at Phò Hòa or those hole in the wall Vietnamese place with your BFFs? But no idea what authentic phò taste like? Well, my friend it’s time for you to visit the land of Phò. Go and start saving now, kahit for plane ticket muna. Tip: CebuPac offers low fare during holidays, so mark that calendar of yours. Next target would be for accommodation. If you’re not that picky just like me, you can get a good deal at Booking.com, make use and abuse that filter button Beshie. Invite your BFFs din, so you wont be alone in your phò-venture. In my case, I asked my BFFs to go with me. Not just one but four of them, Beshie. It’s a good strategy (trust me 😉) you can borrow anda/moola from them if you've run out of cash from shopping keds and north face. Joke lang! 

Phò-rinderia along Hò Haò Hòn
And because we're not soshalera/rich kids, we stayed at a cheapipay place somewhere in District 1 (it's like the Station 2 of Boracay). No regrets, Beshie. Because outside of the hotel or should I say motel, there's 2 phò-rinderia. So I grabbed my Beshie to look for that place. At first sight I thoughts it's just a simple porridge place, but wait till you try their Phò, because honey, it taste Phò-tastic. Served with fresh veggies, aromatic herbs and lime. And the broth, OMG it's umami. The best phò I have ever tasted in my life. Maybe you’re wondering? How much is that yummy phò cost? Oh, it's only 45,000 dong. So cheap right. Bwahaha

Phò with Avocado
Indulging in Phò is not the only reason why we went here. Our main agenda is to explore the city. Yay! Thanks to my BFF Google, we were able to find free tour guide. Check them out dali! Visit their website at Saigon Free Walking Tours. These millennial guides are college students taking hospitality and tourism in one of the Uni in Saigon. They want to practice their communication skills in English and the best way to do that is to communicate and interact with different nationalities. Free tour guide na, you’ll gain new friends pa. It’s a win-win for both parties. There are other options as well, like Saigon scooter tours. Sounds fun, right? But take note ate, it’s not that cheap. You have to save a lot if you’re a poor-eta like us. 

Saigon Central Post Office
If you decided to take the free tour, make sure to wear your comfy shoes, and bring wawa (water) because it's a long walk, Beshie. Our first stop is Ben Thanh Market, it's like the small version of Marikina dry market. The place is popular for souvenirs, presents for your office mates, and wet & dry goods. Few kembots away is the Ho Chi Minh City hall/Ho Chi Minh City People's Committe. Shalaa! Make sure to take selfie with that French style building. Two more tumblings away is the famous and always crowded Saigon Central Post Office and neighbor of Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city's cathedral. 

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
Did you know that the post office is considered as one of the many works of Gustave Eiffel (the Eiffel Tower guy). And the Saigon Notre-Dame is the mini version of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Soshalin ang peg! It's always hot in Saigon good thing there's a nice coffee place near the area just in case you need to rest for a while. look for "The Coffee Factory" (Tip: if you want AC, go upstairs). Make sure to try their "milk with coffee" not the "coffee with milk", don't get confused because they're different. ;) 

War Remnants Museum
Moving on, on the other side of the cathedral is the Bia Truyen Thong Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, in short park. That must be the longest name of a park I've heard! It's the hangout place of the millenials. Few steps to the west, you'll see the Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace. We decided not to go inside because there's a long queue (and we can't afford the ticket #kuripot). Instead, we went to the War Remnants Museum (much affordable ticket lol). If you love history, this is the right place for you. Heads up Beshie, most of the things you'll see inside is kinda disturbing especially the prison area. 

Street Food in District 10
To complete our Saigon bucket list (street food experience), our lovely tour guides suggested that we should try the "Broken Rice"dish in District 10. Dahil we are all kaladkarin, go agad kami. One taxi away from our accommodation and tadaa, it's eating time again! In fairness Beshies, thom ngon! The broken rice is very tasty and affordable, it cost us less than 50,000 ($2 USD) per meal. Presyong pang-masa, right? Hangang sa muli. 

K Thanks Bye. 

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