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    Halal restaurant within walking distance from Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, located opposite a mosque.

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  • Ho Chi Minh CityPro 2014
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    This is a vibrant on the move city. The scooters feel like schools of fish winding their way through the congested city streets. Walking across the street is an art and best done with or following a local. Street vendors, haircuts on the street and everyone seems happy. Take some time and just watch the action.

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    Loved the people and the food. Very alive city so to speak. I loved how the guys would take their girls out on the back of a scooter (girls side saddle). Was the coolest thing. They don't have much, but they enjoy life. Very inexpensive. It was I the hottest and most humid place I've been I think when I went in August. So hot that you could really not go out in the day. I'd go in winter.

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    Bustling, beautiful and overflowing with sight,sound and smells. Given the French colonialism in Vietnam, there is an innate sense of style that infuses the fashion, the food and the architecture. If you are a big fan of Paris I reckon you'll feel right at home in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon. The river front area is a lovely stroll, the markets are safe and fun, and the overwhelming traffic some how hums like a flock of birds vs a chaotic mess (as in other cities in Asia).

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    Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam, and this is where all the action is!!! It's very difficult to walk around the city because there are thousands of scooters and taxis going every which way, breaking every rule, and never-ending. The city never seems to sleep. During the day, everyone goes about their business, but once they're off work, the night transforms into midnight dining. Stores close, and the streets clear up for red and blue plastic tables and chairs, as food vendors set up shop and serve any type of cuisine all through the night. Every corner of the city has food stands, so no one ever goes hungry! Look around for landmarks of European descent, during the French occupation. The city is alive and overwhelming, so enjoy yourself!!!

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    City of supprise, diversity, street food and friendly friends, you will see something that you've cannot meet anywhere else (like motorbike's traffic) and interesting local people that you never met before.

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    Even though Ho Chi Minh City is the official name, I will always call it Saigon. It is one of the most chaotic cities I've ever been to, and I mean that in the best and most charming way. Despite the constant traffic and poverty, there's a sense of optimism that permeates throughout the city and gives me hope that Saigon will continue to develop and prosper. There's lots to do, the locals are friendly and upbeat, and the food is really delicious. Plus, everything is so cheap!

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    Lovely place, slightly chaotic traffic with lots of motorbikes and people sitting along the roadside having their meals...body language is a must once u step into the country...

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    Fun and friendly people! There are many traditional Vietnamese food as well as delicious tropical fruits, such as Jack Fruit and Mangosteen. The distance from the international airport to downtown (District 1-3) is very close which makes it very convenient.

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    I've been to a few major cities in Asia and I was surprised that HCMC was so distinctive. The French influence is obvious in the city layout, and I loved all of the large parks scattered around the city, as well as the way the locals take advantage of them. Getting around was easy because of the many inexpensive taxi cabs and motorbike drivers. The food is amazing and very affordable. I would be very happy to return here, even though I already spent a month exploring the city.

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    For the uninitiated, crossing the street in Saigon is pretty terrifying. Scooters upon scooters upon scooters come at you from every direction honking, buzzing and yelling in frantic Vietnamese. The result is a jumble of scooters, cars, vans, busses and cyclos mixed into a lawless free for all where only the craziest gets ahead. It doesn’t make for the most pedestrian friendly city, as crossing the street involves just manning up and doing it. Put your life into the hands of the traffic and hope they don’t hit you. While the riders seem well practiced at avoiding obstacles, I did see a local lady get plowed into by a wayward scooter. Nobody was hurt but seeing that left me feeling like if a local that crosses the street here all time can get hit then someone that doesn’t know wtf they’re doing would defiantly get hit. . . On a lighter note banh mi, bun bo hue, and pho all freakin day!

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    I think of Saigon a little bit like a kind of hell on earth. Do you enjoy insane, ear-splittingly loud traffic, horrible congestion, serious price gouging, an epidemic of drive-by bag snatchings, and insanely aggressive touts? Then Saigon might be right up your alley. The War Remnants Museum merits a visit, but don't expect to love this charmless failure of urban planning.

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    Booming Vietnam
    Nice hotels n restaurant
    Shopping n bars
    Everything you could think of
    But I believe it still need another 10 years to attract tourist like Bangkok
    Overall different experience

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    There are many great hotels to stay in during a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, but I have two favorites: The Majestic and the Hotel Continental Saigon. I stayed at the Majestic. After a long day of travel, I was greeted by refreshing air conditioning, welcoming staff, comfortable beds and my favorite part - the music! They have fantastic Vietnamese music playing from an old radio in the rooms. During the day I visited the Hotel Continental, where my Dad stayed during the Vietnam War. The hotel has been renovated with a lovely courtyard and lobby, and it is centrally located in the city. Both are fabulous escapes from the bustling streets below.

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    Some great food, but can be hard to find a bar that does not double as a brothel. It is worth going just to see the war artifacts.

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    Very interesting nightlife, with backpackers in every corner of the city. Salsa dancing in the park in the evenings was something really different.

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    This city is interesting with lots of places to visit. From historical sites to delicious boutique restaurants, shopping and entertainment, this city has something to offer to everyone.

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    Incredibly friendly city considering all they have been through as a people. Must visit the War memorial - but take some tissues, even the tough guys come out with tears in their eyes.

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    Hochiminh City named as the top food street destination.

    Virtual Tourist, the leading free, travel-oriented community has recently named Ho Chi Minh City among the world’s top ten cities for street foods. It was also recommended on Reuters’ Travel Picks column.

    “Vietnamese cuisine has received some major street cred in recent memory (Anthony Bourdain's praise comes to mind), and a quick visit to HCM City's Ben Thanh or Binh Tay Markets explains why,” the travel site introduced about Vietnamese foods.

    The Virtual Tourist team praises the street food heritage in Ho Chi Minh City for embracing a mix of cultures, primarily the city’s French colonial background with Vietnamese spices and ingredients. Dishes that get special mention from the team are Pho, Banh Mi(Vietnamese-style baguette), Bo la lot(seasoned beef wrapped in betelleaf), Spring rolls and Com tam (steamedbroken rice with a fried egg on the top).

    Virtual Tourist also gives advice to tourists coming to the country for the first time.If hygiene is a concern, travelers are advised to always choose popular, crowded stalls with high turnover.

    Other cities in the list are Bangkok, Singapore, Penang, Marrakech, Palermo, Istanbul, Mexico City, Brussels and Beachside Ceviche in Ambergris Caye. This is not the first time HCM City is votedas the top haven for street food. Earlier this year, the city was ranked among the world's top ten cities for street foods by the US’s monthly culinary magazine Food & Wine. The popular travel guide book Lonely Planet also listed Banh mi as one of the most scrumptious street foods around the world.

    Vietnamese Spring Roll
    The fried version with minced pork is called ch? giò (southern Vietnam), nem, or Nem rán (northern Vietnam); it has been mistakenly referred to as an egg roll or spring roll on some restaurant menus. Central Vietnam has its own version of a "fried roll" called "Ram." "Ram" is always made from whole shell-on shrimp or chopped deshelved shrimps and some green onion, wrapped in rice paper and deep fried. "Ram", like most food items from central Vietnam, are not widely available in Vietnamese restaurant overseas. The collective Vietnamese "egg rolls" are different from the Chinese egg roll in that it is typically smaller and contains ground or chopped protein such as pork, crab, shrimp (but rarely) chicken, taro, glass noodle, wood-ear mushrooms and shredded carrots. It would be more correctly referred to as a "Vietnamese fried Roll". It is sometimes called eggrolls even though no eggs are used in the making. Rice papers are always used as the wrappers in Vietnam. Vietnamese restaurants in western countries tend to use the Chinese eggroll wrappers due to the inavailability of rice papers initially. However, some restaurants have slowly reverted back to using rice papers now that they are widely available.

    For full story and more pictures please visit
    http://vietnamheritagetravel.com/news/1489-hochiminh-city-named-as-the-top-food-street-destination.html

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    nice girls, delicious food and drinks, landscape is nice, however, the weather is changed suddenly.

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The epicenter of culture in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant population center of about 9 million. Still referred to as its original name of Saigon by most (downtown Saigon was folded into a larger metropolitan area and renamed after the war in 1975), the city is making it onto many 'Must-Visit' lists. A former French colony, Saigon is known as the Paris of Asia. Wide boulevards and tree-lined streets are populated with cozy cafes and architectural marvels. To understand the Vietnamese perspectives on the Vietnam War, a day spent at the Reunification Palace (supposedly it is exactly the same as it was when it fell to the North Vietnamese) and the War Remnants Museum. In 2008, the city opened the massive Dai Nam Tourist Park, where tourists and locals alike spend time at the temple, zoo, hotels and restaurants. If the day isn’t stifling, shoppers will be in bargaining paradise with the vast number of markets open for business throughout the city. Finally, be sure to try some authentic Vietnamese coffee (Vietnam is the one of the top five exporters).

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