Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its most dizzying and chaotic. This big city is known for its traffic, which can be overwhelming for newcomers to the city. You may want to escape from the chaos for a while. Coffee shops can be found in all the little cracks and crevices throughout the city. I’ll help you locate a perfect coffee oasis, with my help you will be able to find the perfect spot for working, relaxing, or for just trying out some good coffee.

My List of Top 19 Coffee Shops in District 1

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  • 325 Lý Tự Trọng, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

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Vietnam is alien but familiar. It’s a country where I’ve learnt that keeping birds in a cage is a manly thing, and that nature is so overwhelmingly pretty that it can induce people not to even consider moving elsewhere. For a country 1600 kilometres long, the stereotypes of the Western traveler — the war, the communist Government, street food, the tropical flora — are ubiquitous yet delicate. Vietnam is long, narrow, and diverse in its climate. There is no best time of the year to visit: expect to be hit by the tropical weather with all its might 12 months…


Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City means you are going to immerse yourself in a vibrant and bustling lifestyle. This city is made of a variety of colors simply lying there in its daily life waiting to be discovered. No matter if you’re a wanderer who loves to capture and save every single moment on the go or an extreme instaholic with a ton of followers, Ho Chi Minh City deserves a place in your Instagram feed.

Although you’ll find lots of photogenic sights around the city, the following are among the most Instagram-worthy spots that can’t be missed once…


Health issues are one of the top concerns of a traveler when visiting or moving to a new country. As Vietnam is one of the developing countries in the tropical area, it is necessary that you know what to eat and drink safely to avoid epidemics in this hot and humid weather. Our article will guide you on whether you can use water in Vietnam depending on where you are located and what you use it for.

Can I Drink Water in Vietnam? No, you cannot drink water straight from water sources without boiling or filtering. Bottled Water, Filtered Water…


A customer recently asked us “where can i buy a sim card in Ho Chi Minh City?”. We always do a lot of research when we get a question like this from a guest. We were actually really surprised to see that quite a few people had been taken advantage of by purchasing sim cards from random tourist kiosks in the airport.

If you are looking where you can buy a sim card in Ho Chi Minh City you should only purchase from reputable suppliers at their shops or kiosks. I recommend buying from Viettel or Mobiphone at their locations…


Ho Chi Minh City is known for crazy traffic! There are viral videos and photos all over the internet that show the chaotic dance of traffic happening here everyday. Walking across the street in Ho Chi Minh City seems intimidating to some travelers. Never fear the taxi cab is here!

As a person who has been living in this city for years, I would recommend calling Mai Linh Taxi (028) 38 38 38 38, VinaSun Taxi (028) 38 27 27 27 , or booking via the Grab application. This post is a complete guide to traveling with taxis happily and…


As a local Vietnamese from the Mekong, I spent the first 18 years of my life living in the beautiful Mekong Delta before moving to the big city of Ho Chi Minh! In the past 5 years, I’ve been traveling back and forth between Saigon and the Mekong Delta at least once a month to visit my family. I guess you can say that I am pretty much an expert on how to get to the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City.

There are five different methods you can use to visit the gigantic and popular Mekong Delta. You…


Vietnam is a large country, this is one of the first things that you have to understand when planning your vacation to Vietnam. Over 1,000km in length makes the weather patterns of Vietnam very volatile year round. This does also mean, that during a vacation in Vietnam you will most likely be able to find some good weather during your trip here.

So when the weather in Northern Vietnam is feeling wet and cold during the December months, the weather in Southern Vietnam is warm and sunny. …


If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most travelers though, finding these morning streetfood gems can be quite tricky, and most will stick with the typical hotel breakfast. Sure, having eggs and bacon is good (can’t disagree with that!) but you’re also missing out on some dishes that can be very difficult to find at other times. Indeed, it’s hard to find a…


We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10 pages menu only in Vietnamese, so it can be quite difficult to get your order right. So we decided to make a little video with our 5 favorite dishes to order at a seafood restaurant in Vietnam (the restaurant we’ve been to for this video is Ốc Đào, 212/C79 Nguyễn Trãi street in District 1).

Have you tried these dishes in Saigon? Which one was your favorite?

Originally published at https://backofthebiketours.com on September 12, 2016.

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