I spent about 4 months in Saigon in early 2011. It was my first trip there, and I wasn’t sure what to expect but Saigon was all the buzz. Having lived there for four months, I can understand why people love it so much. In many ways, it’s a super-congested, fast-paced city, filled with millions of people and even more motorcycles.
The neighbourhood where I stayed, in District 3, was near a school. One of my fondest memories is of the 60-year-old man who would show up every day on his bicycle and a little barbecue grill on the back of his bike. He served some sort of meat on a stick, wrapped with some sort of leaf. He grilled these, then served them in a dipping sauce. Pure ambrosia. I ate many a lunch of these street-food delicacies, all for about $1 US.
Another food treat I discovered in Saigon was “Nuoc Mia”, or sugarcane juice. They take the stalks, run them through a mangle, and mix in a little lime, and serve you the most refreshing glass of juice — all natural, healthy, and super delicious, for about 25 cents.
All in all, I loved my time in Saigon and made some great friends, both Vietnamese and foreigners. It truly is a city and society on the come. You’ll feel the energy everywhere. Don’t miss it.
Terrance, Wisconsin, USA.