Just an amazing city.
Saigon HCMC South Vietnam
Saigon HCMC South Vietnam in 2015 was quite different to my previous visits in 2003. More cars, not quite so many bikes, lots of high rise buildings & good taxis.
The old & traditional is far more charming
Later in the day this coffee shop will be packed.
Coffee shop close to Saigon Apartments
Good coffee here on the corner near Saigon Apartments.
Roland and I at our local coffee shop
My friend Roland Bonicci is a Sydney barrister who absolutely loves Vietnam, I’m sure sometime in the future he will probably retire here.
Great value and a good location in District 3. Only $68 per night if you book through this AGODA link. Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and there is an excellent kitchen and large lounge room with a balcony.
Set atop the new Centec Tower, Shri Restaurant & Lounge offers unparalleled panoramic views from nearly every table in the restaurant, whether it be in the modern Internationally styled Dining Room, with its very clean simple lines, on the stunning alfresco Garden Terrace.
Pasta at Shri
The pasta was a very reasonable price at only $13 usd.
Roast pig at Tram Chim
This restaurant is very popular, not so much for the food but for the attractive waitresses who flirt with you while you dine. 🙂 In fact the waitresses are all worth the visit, they peel your prawns cut the pork and even massage your shoulders while you eat.
Peel the prawns then warm in the coconut
They tasted every bit as good as they looked.
Our personal prawn peeler
Now this is the only way to eat prawns, have somebody peel them for you.
Tram Chim sexy waitresses
If you want to really enjoy your dining experience this is the restaurant for you. The food is not bad but you don’t go there for the food. They have some of the most attractive “waitresses” in Saigon for a restaurant. Beautiful girls who are friendly and give very good service as well. The food is ok, the beer is cold and the waitresses are hot! Enjoy the place but don’t take your wife. 🙂
Let’s go upmarket to Maxim’s restaurant
It feels like you have stepped back in time to the 1930s. Maxim’s restaurant is like entering a time warp. It actually opened in 1925 and I swear they have changed nothing since then. 🙂 Food is excellent and reasonably expensive along with the wine. Worth a visit before going upstairs to their very classy upmarket night club.
Now let’s go really upmarket to Maxim’s night club
As you can imagine the drinks are rather expensive.
Gorgeous girls at Maxim’s
Famous as an important part of downtown Saigon since 1925, Maxim’s Club has been known as THE entertainment venue of business people and social elites since last century.
Gorgeous Russian Singer
Not only does she sing but plays a mean violin as well.
Maxim’s is magnificent
Yes, it is upmarket and expensive but a great venue for music and gorgeous girls. One huge negative for me is they smoke in the club.
Maxim’s Club 13-15-17 Đồng Khởi, District 1
The Russian girl may be beautiful however this guy can really sing, check him out if you get a chance.
A great bar and not as expensive as similar Bangkok Sky Bars.
The bar itself looks stunning from the floor above.
Breathtaking view from Chill
The ever changing Saigon skyline is quite breathtaking.
A favourite photo
Calm waters of the mighty Mekong River.
A great place for a long lazy lunch.
A terrific place to sip a cocktail and watch the world go by.
The famous Cho Ben Thanh Market
Located in the centre of Saigon this is one of the cities best known landmarks.
Cho Ben Thanh Market
To me the market kind of marks the very centre of Saigon. Adjacent the New World Hotel is in a great location in the centre of the city, for a discounted room rate book through THIS LINK.
At Phatty’s watching the Asian cup
One of the many excellent Saigon sports bars.
Wayne, David, Roland and Pat at Phatty’s
Here we are enjoying the atmosphere at one of Saigon’s best sports bars.
Bitexco Financial Tower
A stunning building with a huge heliport and a roof top bar.
ALTO ROOFTOP BAR
Breathtaking views from Alto Heli Bar on the 52nd floor of the ultra-modern Bitexco Financial Tower is by far the highest spot in Saigon to sip on a cool drink and admire the cityscape.
52nd floor of Bitexico tower
Apologies for the rather poor quality selfie.
Mai, a lovely French girl at Maxim’s
A gorgeous French mademoiselle.
Terrific singer at Maxim’s
This little girl could really belt out a song.
Saigon HCMC south Vietnam
Taken from beside the river.
Lunch is served
Lots of street food similar to Thailand.
Summer rolls & coconut only $4
One of my all time favourite dishes.
We drank 3 bottles of wine for lunch Two hours after I arrived I met Roger for lunch at Jaspers where we proceeded to drink 3 bottles of wine before moving onto several bars where more alcohol was consumed. Roger works for an upmarket wine distributor so he probably feels it’s part of his job. 🙂
Ciao Bella an excellent Italian restaurant
This very quickly became a favourite restaurant.
Roland enjoys a Ciao Bella feast
A great seafood salad, Roland is a Sydney barrister and really loves his food.
Best Saigon taxi company
Stick with this company or Mai Linh for clean honest low priced taxis.
Don’t under any circumstances use the company below.
They, SaigonTourist tried to charge 1,150,000 dong for a trip to the airport that should coast 150,000 to 200,000. After a brief argument I paid 300,000 and stormed off. It was my own fault completely as I broke my own rule of only using Vinasun and sometimes Mai Linh.
One of the better bars with attractive ladies and good music.
German beer and Chinese food
A very good combination, German beer and Chinese food.
This lovely lady is Ly, she works at Jasper’s.
Street lights to celebrate Tet.
This is without a doubt one of South East Asia’s most exciting cities.
Saigon school kids
School-kids always look cute all over the world.
This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.