Snapshots: Ho Chi Minh City

I spent a few days in Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by a lot of the locals) when I first got to Vietnam. It’s a city I really liked for its energy, its little alleyways, its diversity… and its food! But the traffic is the worst I’ve seen in Asia so far – even worse than Bangkok. In Vietnam, there are no road rules. A red light means just about as much as a green, and a motorbike coming towards you against the way of traffic wouldn’t surprise anyone. Crossing the road for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City will get your heart rate going, then you’ll get used to it and wonder why you ever complained about London traffic…

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh citySame here, mate

ho chi minh city SaigonUrban garden hidden under the highway

ho chi minh city Saigon

ho chi minh city SaigonWalking by the river oddly reminded me of the Seine’s banks in Paris’ 13th arrondissement 

ho chi minh city SaigonHo Chi Minh City’s main market, Bến Thành

ho chi minh city SaigonThe central post office

ho chi minh city SaigonNotre-Dame Cathedral – beautiful from outside, disappointing inside

ho chi minh city h2 flowerI had lunch with my friend Lân – more in the next post – at his friends Hùng and Hạnh’s. Their welcome was as warm as it was delicious so they deserve their 15′ of blog fame… 

ho chi minh city SaigonThe Reunification Palace, where the President of South Vietnam lived and worked during the Vietnam War

ho chi minh cityThe palace has incredible architecture – I loved the 1960s vibe in the interior design and the very geometric lines

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ho chi minh city saigonThe staircase – not the clearest pic but super cool

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ho chi minh city Saigon Down in the presidential bunker…

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Hope you enjoyed this introduction to Vietnam. Next up, we’re off to the Mekong Delta!

Snapshots: Thai street food

So far on my travels, everyone I’ve met seems to have agreed on one thing: Thailand rocks street food. It’s cheap, it’s quick, it’s everywhere and it’s damn tasty. Here are some of the things I ate while in Thailand – I’m calling this format ‘snapshots’ and will use it for all forms of posts where the photos can do the talking…

Street food stalls

thailand street food

thailand street food

thailand street food

thailand street food

thailand street food

thailand street food

thailand street food

Noodles and rice

thailand street foodSukhothai noodle soup

thailand street foodChicken noodle soup with chicken blood jelly-thingy

thailand street foodVegetarian curries from my local in Chiang Mai

thailand street foodNot strictly street food, but rather mountain food – my lunch while trekking

thailand street foodTom yum soup

thai foodKhao soy

thai foodMango salad

Fruits

thailand street foodA typical street-food fruit vendor in Bangkok

thailand street foodDragon fruit or pink-fleshed pitaya

thailand street foodMangosteens