My 5: Dr. Hung & Associates Dental Center – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Dr Hung & Associates Dental Care Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. It was with more than a little trepidation that I approached the reception desk of Dr. Hung & Associates. Vietnam is a popular destination for westerners in need of quality, low-cost dental work, but boy do you have to do your research and make sure you don’t hand your mouth over to […]

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My 5: Cha Tam Church – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Exterior Cha Tam Church Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. Another church? I hear you cry. Yes, it’s yet another church, although this one has quite the backstory and features as an essential moment of Vietnam’s long, rocky road to peace. Dating back to 1902, Cha Tam Church (Church of St. Francisco Javier) was built in a gothic style with Chinese temple flourishes […]

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My 5: Nguyen Van Binh Book Street – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Nguyen Van Binh Book Street Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. Literature lovers in Ho Chi Minh should set aside an hour or so of their city wanderings for a stroll down peaceful Nguyen Van Binh Book Street. Opened in early 2016, this cosy little stretch is home to a modest row of bookstores and art shops. It’s also the place to come […]

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My 5: Saigon Central Post Office – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Exterior Central Post Office Ho Chi Minh

1. May 2018. For a genuinely fascinating slice of Ho Chi Minh history that isn’t steeped in turmoil, war and killing, don’t miss the city’s beautifully preserved Central Post Office, a French colonial building that today stands proud as one of the oldest structures in the city. It was built over a five-year period from […]

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My 5: Ben Thanh Market – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. They say Ben Thanh Market is not only the most famous shopping area in Ho Chi Minh, but also probably the most impressive covered market in all of Vietnam. Dating back to the 17thcentury this is the city’s definitive daily life focal point, with just about everything locals eat, wear and use […]

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My 5: Reunification Palace – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Reunification Palace Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. I was still feeling a little reflective from the horrors of the War Remnants Museum when I rolled up at Ho Chi Minh’s most iconic building. Happily though a sense of intrigue took over as I approached through the garden past the tanks and the royal palm trees. Home to some of […]

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My 5: Lotus Boutique Hotel – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Lobby Lotus Boutique Hotel Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

1. May 2018. I was down to the last three nights of my month-long adventure in Vietnam and after my awful experience at Phuong Van Hotel I decided to treat myself a little. I knew I’d done the right thing as soon as I strolled into Lotus Boutique’s chic lobby and the doorman relieved me […]

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