For 91 Days in Saigon

Adventures, anecdotes and advice from three months exploring Ho Chi Minh City

For 91 Days we lived in Ho Chi Minh City, otherwise known as Saigon, in southern Vietnam. Vibrant, chaotic, and historic, we uncovered more than enough to keep us busy for three months. And have ever eaten better or more cheaply!
Whether you're planning your own journey to Vietnam, or are just interested in seeing what makes it such a special country, our articles and photographs should help you out.

The Imminent Transformation of Thú Thiêm

It's unbelievable that a city of Saigon's size might still possess undeveloped, riverfront land straight across from downtown. But that's the case. Saigon has been curiously slow to capitalize on the prime acreage of District 2's Thú Thiêm ward... but it hasn't forgotten it entirely. We visited while the area's most prominent tenants were still grassy hillocks and nuns. Five years later, things would surely look a lot different.

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The Museum of Fine Arts

Occupying a set of three colonial-era buildings in the heart of Saigon, the Museum of Fine Arts is packed with ancient sculptures, classical paintings, and contemporary canvases. It's all worth full attention, but we found ourselves moving too rapidly through the rooms, because there was simply so much to see.

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Saigon Street Food Journal #4

We were already feeling overwhelmed; just within the bubble of our Saigon neighborhood, there were so many dishes to try. And once we started travelling around the country, we realized that every region has its own specialties. Forced to accept that a comprehensive exploration of Vietnamese cuisine would be impossible, we decided to just relax, and consume as much as we could. We might not be able to sample every dish, but it would be a most delicious failure.

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Chau Doc’s Cham Village

All we did was cross the bridge from downtown Chau Doc, and everything changed. The people looked and sounded different, had a different style of dress and a different religion. We had arrived in Chau Doc's Cham Village... and it had nothing to do with the Vietnam we've come to know.

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Chau Doc and Mount Sam

If you follow the Bassac River inland from Can Tho, the last town you encounter before reaching Cambodia is Chau Doc. We spent a few days in this ethnically diverse city, dedicating the first to its most popular attraction: the holy mountain of Nui Sam.

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Adventure on Cồn Sơn Island

Apart from a few photos in a Can Tho tourism brochure, we couldn't find any information about little Cồn Sơn Island. But we decided to roll the dice, and visit anyway. If "Adventure" is comprised of equal parts "Challenge" and "Surprise", with a dash of "Terror" to spice things up, then our experience on Cồn Sơn definitely qualifies as an adventure.

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