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Ho Chi Minh City Street Food: An International Twist with Japanese Street Sushi

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Saigon's Street Food is always evolving and changingThe Saigon Street Food Scene is known for moving in fads or trends. It doesn't neccesarily even have to be traditional Vietnamese street food that you will find on the street these days.In my two years of scrounging the streets for the best of the best street food, I have gotten to see a few of these cravings come and go. Like the Korean favorite of Topokki  or Cheese Sticks served with Lemon Tea.Street Sushi started popping up around town over a year ago, quietly, but aggresively.At first, Yes, I was just as skeptical as you are now.
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A few things do not mix in my realm of what is conceivable here in Vietnam, eating raw fish in the streets of Saigon would be close to the top of that list.Well ladies and gentleman, alleluia, I am a believer!Last year in May, I was living in District 4 and noticed what looked to be a sign for a Sushi restaurant that I hadn't noticed before although I had driven by this location hundreds o…

What is illegal in Vietnam? Rules and Laws for Tourists

13 Laws You Must Know Before Traveling to VietnamDid you know that you need a Visa for Vietnam? Did you also know that it’s illegal to take photos of certain statues or famous places? It's not worth your vacation to be spoiled because you didn’t know some crucial information about your destination. That's why this article is for anyone planning on traveling to Vietnam. While Vietnam is very open and friendly to travelers it’s still a culturally conservative country with a few rules you should know and follow.What is Illegal in Vietnam? Some things that are illegal in Vietnam include Gambling, Prostitution, Drug Use and Distribution, and Pornography. Vietnamese law is built based on the long-standing culture and the characteristicsof the local Vietnamese lifestyle. It has enormous differences compared to other countries, especially European countries. As a second-year student in the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, I will share with you some legal information to go more in d…

What to do in Can Tho? An Overnight Trip

So You’ve heard about the floating market in Can Tho as a must see in Southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, but your options to visit are endless. Should you take a full day or half day tour? Spend the night? Or relax in Can Tho city for a few days?So you want to know, How many days should you stay in Can Tho? My recommendation is 2 days in Can Tho if you can spare the time in your itinerary. I believe that the floating market is only great if you visit very early in the morning, which will require you to stay overnight in Can Tho at least 1 day minimum. The rest of this article, I’m gonna lay out more information so you can better decide how many days in Can Tho is right for you.Getting to know Can ThoAs a Ho Chi Minh City girl, when I visited Can Tho for my first time I thought that I would only want 1 day in the area to explore the famous market. After that visit, I found myself coming back 2 more times because I really loved the experience and warmth that I felt from the people in the …

Where to Buy a Sim Card in Ho Chi Minh City?

A customer recently asked us “where can i buy a sim card in Ho Chi Minh City?”. We always do a lot of research when we get a question like this from a guest. We were actually really surprised to see that quite a few people had been taken advantage of by purchasing sim cards from random tourist kiosks in the airport.If you are looking where you can buy a sim card in Ho Chi Minh City you should only purchase from reputable suppliers at their shops or kiosks. I recommend buying from Viettel or Mobiphone at their locations inside the city or their Kiosk inside the airport. These companies are the two biggest networks in Vietnam so you can have some of the best coverage available. Random shops or kiosks aren’t certified to give you a sim card, so avoid these suppliers at all costs.Where to Buy a Sim Card in Tan Son Nhat Airport?The whole reason for writing this blog article is to hopefully help a few people that are looking at buying their sim card inside of the airport before getting onto…

What to Wear to the Cu Chi Tunnels?

My first trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels actually came after I had already been living in Ho Chi Minh City for a few years. In all honesty, my friend and I were up pretty late the night before having some adult beverages out on the town. When 8 am came, it was time for us to meet our tour guide and open air jeep for a tour to the Cu Chi. I stumbled out of bed bleary eyed and still tired, I quickly grabbed some simple clothes out of my wardrobe, slipped my feet into my flip flops right before heading out the door. I wish I had thought ahead and prepared some better clothing options especially my shoes.The Cu Chi Tunnels does not have a dress code, but I have learned the clothing you should wear would be a simple top or t-shirt, jeans or shorts, and sneakers. The clothes you bring for the cu chi tunnels should also be old. Everything you wear you shouldn't mind if it gets dirty or sweaty, because it will. Do not bring a large bag for your trip as it will be difficult to bring through the…

Can I Drink Ice In Vietnam?

You have just arrived at your hotel or resort from a super long flight to Vietnam, they greet you with a nice glass of juice or tea. But Wait! There is ice in it! Can I drink this ice? Oh no, you are so thirsty though! What do you do?Can I Drink Ice in Vietnam? Yes, most of the ice you will encounter is clean and you will be able to drink it. There are two types of ice in Vietnam and one of them isn’t filtered and should not be drunk. As a customer, you will rarely ever encounter this type of ice. This is for commercial use only, and not for drinking. Most Restaurants, Hotels, and even street vendors will not serve dirty ice to customers, this would be really bad for their business as everyone, even local Vietnamese, can not drink dirty ice.That’s why a company like Back of the Bike Tours exists providing Vietnamese food tours so we can navigate our customers to safe and hygienic eating places.How do you Avoid Dirty Ice in Vietnam?There isn’t a 100% guarantee that you can avoid ice th…

The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

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While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style. As always, this is purely based on our team's opinion and this is not a sponsored post by any of the hotels mentioned below. Check out the video for the best boutique hotels here and scroll down for the list of addresses:Our Best Boutique Hotels:#5 L'Odeon, 63-65, Lê Văn Thiêm Street, District 7#4 Town House 50, 50 Bùi Thị Xuân, Bến Thành District#3 Cinnamon Hotel Saigon, 74 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành District#2 The Alcove, 133A Nguyễn Đình Chính, Phú Nhuận District#1 I Am Vietnam, 30/57B Nguyen Cuu Van Street, Bình Thạnh District.Are you planning to stay at one of these boutique Hotels in HCMC? Which one did you choose?Check Out MoreSource Here: The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City