6 Things To Do In Saigon Like Locals

13 Dec, 2016 | Travel Blog

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Wandering to take photos, watching the whole haughty city from the height, etc... Here are things to do that make you be a local.

1. Enjoying street snacks

In various choices of foods and drinks from expensive to cheap, you are surely indispensable for very cheap street snacks. If you are a fan of fried foods, you definitely can not miss "paradise" of the fries on Huu Khanh Luong Street (District 1). With cheap prices, you have a plate of fried yellow, delicious and greasy food which you can not refuse. At alley 51 Cao Thang (District 3), you can enjoy a variety of foods such as tamarind-fried duck eggs, fried fish balls, spaghetti ... On Nguyen Kim (District 5), you will be disturbed by the stalls from mixed girdle cakes, roasted girdle cakes, soup of crab and pig brain, pha lau, etc ...

Street vendor selling Banh My in Saigon

2. Sipping pavement coffee in the early morning

In Hanoi, many people enjoy walking around Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning to make the most of the cool and fresh air, while in Saigon, you should sip pavement coffee to see the bustle of the city. Watching people hurry, listening to worldly matters, reading some newspapers or chatting with friends are always fun things to do in Saigon - Vietnam.

3. Taking photographs of “small alleys, small streets.”

You can take photographs of famous sightseeing like Notre Dame Basilica, Starlight Bridge, Reunification Palace, etc… In addition, beautiful cafes are also choices for you such as Café of Flower Attic at 92 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, ID Café at 34 Thu Khoa Huan Street or Catina Café at 151 Dong Khoi Street, etc… So, in Saigon, there are a variety of places for you to save the moments of the youth and full-day life with passion.

(Photo by Thái An on Unsplash)

4. Chatting at platform café

The capital of Hanoi is famous for the phrase "lemon tea and chatting" on the streets. However, in Saigon, it is not lemon tea but the platform coffee. Notre Dame Cathedral is an ideal place for sipping a cup of the platform coffee. You can chat with your friends about all things in the life and enjoy the fresh atmosphere and see beautiful views.

5. Shopping from Saigon

So many things in Saigon you can buy to bring home as a gift. The local drinks like G7 coffee are very popular. Besides, dried fruits such as mangoes, potatoes, jackfruit, and lotus seeds ... are nice to give. Especially, when buying clothes in Saigon, you can enjoy bargaining until getting an affordable price.

6. Riding motorbike around Saigon 

The last thing to do in Saigon - Vietnam is riding a motorbike around Saigon streets. If you don't like the heat, let's consider doing it by night. Saigon at night is always cool and shimmering by the lights. Therefore, many Saigon people go everywhere in Saigon by motorbike to explore the beauty of Saigon which is different from in the daytime and enjoy the animated nightlife of this magnificent city.

(Photo by chuttersnap from Unsplash)

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