Saigon

Eating on the Streets of Saigon

Eating on the Streets of Saigon

It was a relief seeing a Roman alphabet upon arrival in Saigon (now called Ho Chi Minh City, but all of the locals still refer to it as Saigon). In terms of eating, Roman alphabets come in very handy; if you know a few Vietnamese dishes you want to try, it’s much easier to spot who serves what. Vendors make it very apparent as to what dishes they serve.

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Hospitality in Saigon

Hospitality in Saigon

"Arm! Arm!" a Vietnamese waitress instructed me, as she shoved my messenger bag into my chest and wrapped my arm around it.  All around Saigon's touristy district 1, visitors can be witnessed hugging their backpacks to their chests to prevent theft.  Our waitress was helping protect our belongings, which I appreciate, but I'm not going to walk around clutching my purse.  Some questions were raised: where are all of these Vietnamese scoundrels?  How and when will they strike? 

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