Best photography locations in Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. In the midst of the chaos of life, there are beautiful corners for photographers. Today, we will introduce you Saigon day tours to destinations for photographing.

Saigon tours will begin with one of the best beautiful views…

1. Thu Thiem tunnel roof

For those who love photography in Saigon, the Thu Thiem Tunnel Roof is a famous and familiar place. They often come out here in the afternoon, when sunset falls, the sun is setting and the night is coming.

District 1 view

District 1 view

You can see the city center (District 1) from the banks of the Saigon River, watching the lights start to light, watching boats, container ships passing through. There, you can also enjoy the cool wind in the vast landscape, where there are empty land stretches and a green river.

Sunset time

Sunset time

And the most important thing for those who love photography is many people usually gather here to take pictures of the sunset, exposing the buildings, including the 68-floor Bitexco financial building. Not only shooting, people who love photography also invite the "model" to create a variety of photographic works… Many couples and studios also choose this place for their signature wedding photography in Saigon.

2. Nguyen Hue pedestrian zones

Nguyen Hue Street is a central street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, connect the People's Committee Headquarters with Bach Dang Wharf, Saigon river bank.

Nguyen Hue walking street

Nguyen Hue walking street

Many people still think Nguyen Hue is just a street to walk, enjoy the air of Saigon. In fact, Nguyen Hue Walking Street has many more interesting things to experience than just walking the street, which is sure to be easy to spot when you come here. This is one of top destinations must-go in Saigon.

In Nguyen Hue street now many people consider as a street in some foreign country. No electricity, no trash, the streets are neatly organized with pedestrian alleys everywhere. So for those who are passionate about photography, like to have shimmering photos, just come out here and have all the necessary contexts.

3. Mop grass field

The grasslands are located adjacent to District 9 and District 2 (near Metro An Phu). This place is extremely suitable for taking pictures, flying kites and watching the sunset in the city.

Mop grass field

Mop grass field

In addition to the location of the photo shoot, the place is also suitable for playing games under the sky such as flying kites, model airplanes, water rockets, astronomical observations and other outdoor activities.

4. Ho Chi Minh City Post Office – an ancient look in the middle of the modern city

Ho Chi Minh City Post Office is a typical architectural work of Saigon. The building was built by the French at the end of the 18th century with western style combined with the Oriental decor. This is one of the top tourist attractions in Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh Post Office

Ho Chi Minh Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, welcoming thousands of visitors every day. Many visitors come here to send merchandise, but some people simply want to visit to learn more about an ancient architecture between the city of modern.

Saigon Post Office is prominent with the balanced layout of a high-aesthetic architecture. The building has an arched structure.

Above the dome is a large watch. The two sides of the post are arranged in rectangles with the laurel wreath of the name by some French celebrities such as Voltaire, Laplace, Arago, and scientists who invented the telephone and telegram. The impressive French architecture was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel, who created the legendary Eiffel Tower in Paris.

5. The Bridges

Mong Bridge – the oldest bridge of Saigon

Mong Bridge

Mong Bridge

Those who live in Saigon, no stranger to the prominent bridge, a jade green, across the Ben Nghe Canal connecting District 1 and District 4. Built more than a hundred years during the French colonial period, Cau Mong has become an ideal dating place for couples, tourist attractions like to go around exploring the city and attract a lot of young people love photography.

Binh Loi Bridge – the first iron bridge crossed the Saigon River

Binh Loi Bridge

Binh Loi Bridge

Binh Loi Bridge was just opened in 2008, minimizing the time and distance from Thu Duc to Tan Son Nhat Airport. The large and beautiful bridge helps minimize traffic jam and save time than ever. Besides, Binh Loi bridge now becomes a meeting place for many young people. On both sides of the bridge, there is wind cool, visibility overlooking District 2 and District 1, the trolley sells all kinds of snacks make the ideal spot for couples dating.

 

A Tailor-Made Tour In Saigon: Street Food Tour

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For anyone who has a passion for traveling in Vietnam is also desired to create their own unique vacation. However, sometimes it's difficult to put things all together – booking flights, hotels, choosing the best itineraries and booking the best guides – can get too much.

That's where a tailor-made tour operator comes in, helping you to create a trip just as you would like it. 

Whenever we receive a tour inquiry, we will check our client's requirements carefully before starting to design a unique tour for them. We will design a personalized tour just for you with your family or friends. The more details you provide us with your requirements, the more we can design the perfect trip for you. You can choose which places you would like to visit and how many days, we will advise you where to stay and how to travel between them, book tour guides (our own staff) and hotels (based on our selection but not limited), and arrange payments. We also make many great suggestions on gems to fulfill your trip such as taking a cruise on charming Halong bay, enjoying mud bath and hot spring in Thap Ba Nha Trang, or doing a family treasure hunt around Hanoi by cyclo.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

We have many kinds of tailor-made tour depending on your choices whether it is a luxury or a common one. For example, if you are fond of a getaway to Saigon to enjoy a taste of street food, we will fulfill your desire by the Saigon tailor-made food tour. It all depends on your purpose where to go and what to eat. The small Saigon tailor-made food tour is a sample which was created for our old customers.

Saigon tailor-made street food tour

Saigon tailor-made street food tour

With a motorbike food tour, foreigners will have a chance to experience Saigon night by motorbike with our professional and super friendly tour guides. Throughout the night we will travel from various locations in Saigon.  Our target for this tasting and delicious menu is to introduce Vietnamese street food in Ho Chi Minh City to our guests. Starting with a few local snacks, salads, or soup, the main course which is typically a Vietnamese style dish, and then onto dessert.

Us and our lovely customers on a Saigon street food tour

Us and our lovely customers on a Saigon street food tour

We will have an opportunity to enjoy the food from local Vietnam street food vendors on the street or in small local Vietnamese style restaurants. This would bring a very interesting experience for foreign tourists since this kind of activities rarely happens in their country. Guests will be lead by an English speaking local Vietnamese guide who will be with them through the whole tour to explain all of the Vietnamese food cultures.

Must-try dessert in the summer

Must-try dessert in the summer

Here is a sample menu of the Saigon tailor-made food tour:

  • “Goi Du Du”

Julienned Green Papaya Salad topped with Thai Basil, dried beef liver, toasted peanuts and prawn crackers. This dish is served with the spicy light fish sauce.

Julienned Green Papaya Salad

Julienned Green Papaya Salad

  • “Banh Khot” – Vietnamese mini savory pancakes

Rice flour mini pancake with ground pork, shrimp, and bean sprout wrapped in fresh vegetables. "Banh khot" is usually served with vegetables, some herbs, and spicy sweet fish sauce. This dish not only popular with local people but also attract foreigners.

Banh khot

Banh khot

  • “Bun Thit Nuong” – Rice noodles with grilled meat

Grilled pork shoulder, pork sausage, Vietnamese spring roll, fresh vegetables, tossed with rice noodle dipping in sweet fish sauce. “Bun thit nuong” is popular in all regions of Vietnam but Hanoi. The people live in Hanoi prefers "Bun cha", which is similar to "Bun thit nuong".

“Bun thit nuong” – A popular dish to Vietnamese

“Bun thit nuong” – A popular dish to Vietnamese

Vietnamese bread is loaded with 9 types of pork, homemade mayo, fresh vegetable, chili, and pickles.

A famous banh mi of Vietnam

A famous banh mi of Vietnam

Explore different kinds of Che in three Vietnam regions

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As the weather in Vietnam is turning up the heat, one of the most favorite desserts during the hot summer months of Vietnamese is Che (Vietnamese sweet soup). A special thing is that from North to South of Vietnam, Che has different types featuring the regional flavors of each region.

If you are wondering what to eat in Vietnam, let’s explore different kinds of Che with us!

Che is a Vietnamese word describing any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, which can available in the form of pudding, or as a plain drink. It can be made from beans, milk, tapioca, fruit, coconut cream, glutinous rice and last but not least, plenty of sugar. Che is a famous Vietnam street food so it could be found easily at various stalls along the roadside. Below are some of the most popular types of Che in three regions of Vietnam:

1. Che in Northern Vietnam

Black bean sweet soup (Chè đỗ đen)

Sweet black bean soup is one of the most favorable desserts in summer for Vietnamese people. Black bean is the only ingredient needed so it is quite easy to cook this soup. Then black beans will be simmered for hours with sugar. Normally, black jelly and coconut are added to the soup to make it more appetizing.

Black bean sweet soup

Black bean sweet soup

Vietnamese sweet ginger rice (Chè con ong)

Because its spicy taste of ginger truly suits with the cold weather in Tet Holiday, this dessert is quite popular in Northern Vietnam. Different from other types of Che, Che con ong features the appearance of sticky rice but a little bit softer. It is one of the most special dishes in Vietnam cuisine that you should not miss.

Vietnamese sweet ginger rice

Vietnamese sweet ginger rice

Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings (Chè Trôi Nước)

Chè trôi nước is a kind of sweet glutinous rice dumpling, filled with mung bean paste and cooked in sweet ginger syrup. It is served hot, topped with white sesame and coconut milk. The sweet flavor of rice dumpling and an aromatic ginger fragrance make it a delicious sweet soup.

Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings

2. Che in Central Vietnam

Lotus seed and Longan sweet soup (Chè hạt sen long nhãn)

This kind of Che gives us a light and elegant sweetness. Lotus seeds are simmered in sugar for long hours, then cooked with longans, which is a Southeast Asian fruit similar to lychees. This dessert is very good for health and can help you to sleep soundly.

Lotus seed and Longan sweet soup

Lotus seed and Longan sweet soup

Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup (Chè Bột Lọc nhân Heo Quay)

Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup is a special dessert in Hue cuisine. Rice balls are made from cassava powder. Inside the rice ball is a piece of roasted pork, creating both sweetness and saltiness for the soup. This dessert should be enjoyed when it is still hot.

Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup

Rice Balls with Roasted Pork Filling Sweet Soup

Purple Yam Sweet Soup (Chè khoai môn tím)

Thanks to its unique purple color and delicious taste, Purple Yam Sweet Soup is a favorite type of Che in Central Vietnam. The sweet soup is mainly made from purple taro and coconut water, then simmered under low heat until it becomes a condensed mixture. Last but not least, a small amount of sugar is added to balance the taste.

Purple Yam Sweet Soup

Purple Yam Sweet Soup

3. Che in Southern Vietnam

Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert (Chè Bà Ba)

Che bà ba is a typical Southern Vietnamese dessert, which contains several ingredients, including square pieces of taro, cassava, and long sweet potato. All of these ingredients are then cooked in coconut milk, decorated with translucent tapioca pearls, and topped with roasted sesame or minced peanuts. Its creamy and sweet flavor makes will definitely satisfy your appetite!

Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert

Sweet potato, Taro and Cassava Dessert

Pomelo sweet soup (Chè bưởi)

Chè bưởi is a typical food that Vietnamese like to eat when it comes to summer. It is amazing idea to enjoy a bowl of chè bưởi in the excessively high temperature. The sweetness of coconut milk and mung bean, along with a little crispy of pomelo meat creating a spectacular dessert that you can never forget. This is the reason why it becomes one of the top street foods in Vietnam.

Pomelo sweet soup

Pomelo sweet soup

Banana Sweet Soup (Chè chuối)

The dish simply contains banana and coconut milk. It is served hot as the hot coconut milk is poured on top of the steamed bananas. Its texture is incredibly soft, rich and creamy with the addictive taste of banana slices and coconut milk.

Banana Sweet Soup

Banana Sweet Soup

What is Hủ Tiếu and where to find the best of it

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If Phở is the soul of Hanoi food, then Hủ Tiếu is what makes Saigon compete in the race. Vietnamese food is gradually winning your hearts due to its specialty in flavor and diverse in ingredients.

Not to mention, serving fresh veggies in most of the dishes we have is a hidden secret behind the myth the majority stays slim so easily. One of the must-try dishes in Saigon in particular and across Vietnam in general is a special type of rice noodles that many of you have hardly ever heard of since Phở and Bánh Mỳ has taken over the list. Below listed down the best local eateries in town serving Hủ Tiếu that most of the native Saigon fall in love with. Read more to know what it is like!

Hủ Tiếu – Saigon’s pride

Hủ Tiếu – Saigon’s pride

1. Hủ tiếu mỳ cật – Noodles with pork kidneys: 

This hide-out gem is lied at 62 Truong Dinh Street, District 1 and has been existing for a huge period of time. Though the shop is not that spacious, it stays packed pretty much all the time. A bowl of Hủ Tiếu is filled with boiled sliced pork, ground pork, pork bones and kidneys. Most of the Hủ Tiếu shops always serve two types of noodles known as rice noodles and egg noodles which is picked based on customers’ specific need. In addition, two most typical methods of ordering Hủ Tiếu is Khô and Nước, which are basically Dry and Soup accordingly in order. A portion of dry noodles is having a little bowl of broth served separately as a side dish, while the soup noodles contain everything all in one. Pork kidneys here are strictly selected and processed before cooking so as to chase the smell away. A quick visit for breakfast here can help you recognize how tasty its broth is. Salty and sweet enough with a pinch of green onion and chili oil inside, the broth is the key that makes every Hủ Tiếu eatery gets its own reputation.

Hủ Tiếu with pork kidneys

Hủ Tiếu with pork kidneys

2. Hủ tiếu Nam Vang – Phnom Penh Styled Soup Noodles:

Ba Hoàng is now picked for category of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang, another edition of rice noodles created by the Cambodian community in Saigon. The shop gets no sign at all but always packed with locals. Hidden inside Alley 46 on Vo Van Tan Street, Ba Hoàng attracts its fans thanks to the well-cooked noodles and pork bones. The first look of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang here will surely leave you a great impression. An absolute display of boiled fresh prawn, ground pork, thin-sliced pork served along with charming broth, which includes shallots and chili oil. A highlight of the dish is nothing else rather than crunchy pork rinds. The add-ins of fresh herbs, some drops of soy sauce and a squeeze of lime juice make a perfect ending. There are plenty of nice Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang restaurants in downtown Saigon that are selected for unique Southern Vietnam culinary tours.

A portion of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang

A portion of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang

3. Hủ tiếu mỳ hoành thánh – Noodles with dumplings: 

Last but not least, a local eatery located at 44 Le Quoc Hung Street, District 4 represents another version of Hủ Tiếu, with wontons, or dumplings in English. Wonton is one of the most popular Chinese dishes that is usually served boiled and hot. The restaurant is large and clean enough for a fully satisfying meal. Noodles here are soft while its broth is long-stewed with pork bones creating a lightly sweet taste. You can choose to have ground pork or eggs. Chewy noodles, large pork chops, soft meat and flavorful broth are the fusion that brings reputation to this hidden spot.

Pork chop soup

Pork chop soup

As said, Hủ Tiếu is one of a huge range of best dishes in Saigon that you are not allowed to miss. Vietnamese food is mostly overshadowed by its neighbors like Chinese and Thai, yet its quality and health-friendliness is no doubt. An advice for you to travel like a real Vietnamese is to take the best Vietnam culinary tours in each and every region you step into across the country, not only to fill your stomach but also learn the stories behind all of these.

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