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Things we love

The street food. It’s in the world’s top ten.

Ho Chi Minh is known affectionately as ‘Uncle Ho’.

Vietnam is the only country where you’re already 1 year old at birth.

Everyone is a millionaire, you can make like some big dollar-dropping hip hop star with 100,000 Dong notes.

You don’t need prescriptions to get things from the pharmacy – Dr BarChick will see you now!

Things we wish we’d known

In Saigon there is 1 motorbike for every 2 people and 4 people per motorbike. You do the math.

Go out in district 1, sleep in district 2, eat in district 5.

You can buy your way out of any trouble.

They tax cars 200 percent which is why everyone rides bikes.

Come on… means thank you. And you ho yo means watermelon… useful.

Best bars in Ho Chi Minh
Best bars in Ho Chi Minh
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2 Lam Son at Park Hyatt
2 Lam Son at Park Hyatt

Enter the very grand, high-ceilinged Park Hyatt, walk on through past what you might think is the bar, until you turn right, into another, which is sexier and better lit. The glass windows mean you can watch the hectic streets of Saigon as Read More

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Welcome to Saigon’s warehouse of sin.  If you are looking for a hooker, then this place is a bit like a swarm of bees, they’re everywhere and you can’t escape them, you can try swatting then, but they will stick Read More

Blanchy's Tash
Blanchy's Tash

The head chef here was snapped up from the infamous sushi restaurant Nobu, so Blanchy’s Tash ought to deliver, and deliver it does. At the centre of Saigon, this swanky joint has three floors to its name with a sexy cocktail bar, a Read More

Casbah
Casbah

This place is lost somewhere between Morocco and Vietnam, and we like it. The perfect hideaway, it’s secretly nestled up an alleyway so you’ll be mixing with a random crowd of those in-the-know. It’s nice by day, but even better by night. With Read More

Chill Skybar
Chill Skybar

Saigon is as flat as a pancake, making it the perfect place for some high up drinking action – you can literally see everything. Located on top of the AB Tower, the swanky Chill Skybar is the perfect place to sink some sundowners. Read More

Fenetre Soleil
Fenetre Soleil

Blink and you’ll miss it… this restaurant/bar/café is tucked away up a very tired looking staircase, but don’t be put off – it’s a pretty enchanting haven once inside. With exposed brickwork, rustic furniture, sexy chandeliers and a lot of attention to Read More

Go2 Bar
Go2 Bar

This wicked dive bar opens early and shuts late, making it pretty much 24 hours and a natural born hit, especially with the travelling scene. Located right in the heart of the buzzing tourist district, Go2 is fun, cheap and  knows how to Read More

Le Bouchon De Saigon
Le Bouchon De Saigon

With all its French history, it’s no surprise that Saigon has a brilliant French restaurant/bar. As great as all the local delicacies are, it makes a nice change from Vietnamese if you are a little pho’d out. Time to splash out on Read More

Saigon Saigon Bar at Caravelle Hotel
Saigon Saigon Bar at Caravelle Hotel

Head straight up to the 9th floor of this five (ish) star hotel. There’s an awesome view of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline and on a good day an awesome breeze which is needed in this city. It looks a Read More

The Deck
The Deck

Welcome to the chill out zone. This district 2 hangout, sat on the Saigon River, is super shanti. The clue is in the title: it’s a restaurant and bar set on a deck. We went at night, when the bamboo plants, Read More

The Refinery
The Refinery

This French restaurant is very pretty, inside and out. Set in a beautiful little square with a leafy terrace that is perfect for a glass of vino on your way home. Home to what was once an old opium refinery, Read More

Yoko
Yoko

This sweet acoustic bar is named after Yoko Ono, which kind of sets the tone for what it’s all about. Small but perfectly formed, this bar is found in district 3, not too far from the centre of town. It’s Read More