What to do on a short trip to Saigon

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I’m a huge fan of the Asian city mini-break. Eating, drinking, shopping and jaunting around a cool metropolis, with a smattering of obligatory sightseeing thrown in – what’s not to love?! For those similarly enamoured with such breaks and perhaps planning a Saigon version, check outย this piece I recently wrote for About.com’s Southeast Asia Travel site. It’s always hard to narrow down a great selection of restaurants, bars, shops and sites for one short itinerary but the article hopefully captures a little slice of Saigon’s ‘best of’!

6 Responses

  1. Baron's Life June 1, 2009 / 10:24 pm

    I enjoyed reading your published Weekend in Saigon…very well done. Congrats…You should consider submitting to the New York Times Travel section. Great Job
    I did find $ 120/night to be pricey for a Hotel in Saigon but you certainly offer an alternative @ $ 30 which is great.

  2. Kristina June 3, 2009 / 2:51 am

    Nice article. Am I right to assume the recommendations aren’t day of the week specific? We’ll be in Saigon for 3 nights, but not over a weekend. Are most restaurants open 7 days? Or is there a common day of the week to be closed, like Sunday?

    BTW, I’ll be in Hanoi, Hoi An and Saigon in (the first 2 weeks of) July too. Perhaps our paths will cross?

  3. A Girl in Asia June 3, 2009 / 5:38 am

    Thanks so much Baron! And NY Times seems like a bit of a pipedream but thanks for the encouragement!

    Kristina – I wrote it as a weekend itinerary but it can definitely be applied to any day of the week. Places here are generally open 7 days, which is great. And send me an email re/ your trip dates, it would be fun to catch up and put a face to the blog :-). I’ll be travelling in Hanoi and Hoi An during that time, coincidentally, so we’ll see when we’re in the same place at the same time!

  4. Amy @ The Q Family June 5, 2009 / 4:03 am

    Vietnam wasn’t on my radar on places I want to visit soon but after discovering your blog, I have seen the light. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We plan to go to Angkor Wat next year. Any tips on good accommodation for family with young kids?

  5. A Girl in Asia June 8, 2009 / 2:58 am

    Hi Amy – accom. with kids in Siem Reap (to see Angkor Wat) – depending on budget, Hotel de la Paix is a great high end option mainly because of the excellent pool. It’s huge with many different sections/offshoots/nooks and crannies; kids seem to love it. A mid-range option with nice grounds and a pool is the Day Inn, which is a very short tuk tuk ride to town and around the corner from the FCC. Hope that helps!

  6. Kristina June 14, 2009 / 12:51 am

    Liz-I’ve sent you an email with our dates. Let me know if you did not get it.

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