Posts Tagged ‘Ho Chi Minh City’

For our dinner, we decided to take a walk to Pasteur Restaurant while waiting for the AO show to start. As we walked towards the restaurant, I can see that a lot of people were dining here already. I kind of expected that we need to wait to be seated but to my surprise, we were accommodated at once.

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I love their interiors. They have a cool pond inside their restaurant.

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They have a very spacious place and has 2nd floor to accommodate more people. We were directed to our table at the 2nd floor to be seated.

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The tour guide brought us here at Thu Thao Restaurant to eat our lunch. I think the reason he brought us here is because it is already past noon and this is the nearest “clean” restaurant from the temple.

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Early morning after having breakfast, our first stop for the day is Cu Chi Tunnel.

Tunnel

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The residents of Cu Chi then took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas.

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We stayed at Thien Tung hotel until our last day in Vietnam. Basically, they serve the same breakfast everyday with a little variation on the menu but no major change.

Their breakfast buffet is located at the top most [13th floor] of the hotel. The elevator is only up to the 12th floor so you need to use the stairs to reach the top.  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the elevator is so slow. It is better (and healthier) to use the stairs than to waste your time waiting for the elevator.

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Just beside the entrance, the noodles and bread section is situated. You can toast your bread in the toaster before eating.


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At the opposite side beside the entrance you can see the rice and noodles.

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Across the room, they have a huge aquarium with a huge fish inside swimming back and forth.

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We had our dinner at the Ben Thanh Night Market. Night market starts from 7:30 PM until midnight. Not only you can find restaurant here, but you can also find souvenirs and other street food. We ate at Quan Loc Thanh.

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A huge menu board is displayed so that passersby would have an idea what food they serve. While waiting to be seated, you can choose here what you would like to order.

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Menu Board

Basically, the chairs and tables are set up under a huge tent.

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You can also see the chef preparing your dishes.

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During our free time in the afternoon of our day 2 trip, we walked from our hotel to the nearby shopping areas. Be very vigilant when crossing the streets. Motorcycles are everywhere and not all riders are obeying traffic rules. Even if the stop light is on red signal, some motorists still cross the street.

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We just explored the shopping area first to canvass for the best prices, we bought souvenirs and other items on our last day.

 Here are the shopping areas we went to that afternoon:

1. Ben Thanh Market 
Opens Daily 7am-7pm

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Ben Thanh Market Top View

Ben Thanh Market Night View

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There’s a Night Market on the 2 side roads of the Ben Thanh Market building that starts at 7:30 PM until 12 midnight.

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Upon arriving Ho Chi Minh from our tour, we checked in first at Thien Tung Hotel.

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 The red stars in the picture below are the tourist spots and shopping area. Thien Tung hotel is located at the  “A” – spot on the picture below.

As you can see that from the hotel, the tourist spots and shopping area are walking distance.

Thien Tung Location Map

The rates posted below are the amount that we paid when we booked our room. We booked 1 family room and 1 single room.

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Family Room – PHP 3219.93 per night

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We departed Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-boat at 8:00AM and enjoyed watching bustling activities along Can Tho riverbanks.

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In the river, local people go fishing with plenty of fish traps.

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We cruised the river until we reached Cai Rang Floating Market to see the selling & buying activities in the river.

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