On our second day in Saigon, we kind of woke up a bit late so I told my husband (then fiancé) that as much as I’d love to explore the city soon, I’d want to grab breakfast ANYWHERE first. The first place that popped in my mind was the KFC just beside the hotel where we’re staying. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous! I’m in a different country and I’m thinking about eating fast food; but when you’re hungry, you don’t really have much of a choice.
The menu here is a bit different. Even in fast food places, food seems to be a bit healthier. Another surprising thing is that fast food here seems more expensive than the restaurants. Yikes!
Anyway, after our KFC breakfast, we walked going to Trung Nguyen to check out and try some good Vietnamese Coffee. To be able to know how the real Vietnamese coffee tastes like, we both went for black but iced. The coffee was served using a stainless-steel single cup coffee filter/dripper. Afterwards, you can pour the dripped coffee on a separate mug with ice and condensed milk. It was intense as it is and tastes even better with the milk.
After our coffee adventure, we were so energized and decided to walk again going to our next stop.
Learning More about Vietnam’s Political History
Our next stop was the Independence Palace or the Reunification Palace. The Independence Palace is known as the abode of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and one of the iconic sites when one talks about the Fall of Saigon. From the rooms of the government officials to the war equipment used during the Vietnam War, you’d really learn more about the political history of the country by visiting here. As most of you know, I don’t take much photos of museums when I’m travelling because I prefer you seeing it for yourself. Plus, I prefer savoring the experience more than consume so much time taking too much photos people will probably just scroll away from.
Getting to know the History & Culture of Ho Chi Minh
I was able to appreciate Vietnam more when I’ve gotten to know its history and culture through its museums. If the Reunification Palace will tell you more about the political history of the country and the Fall of Saigon, the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City will introduce you to the culture and history of the city, itself. It actually has that National Museum feels.
Night Out in Saigon
We decided to go back to the hotel after our two museum visits so that we can rest for a bit and prepare for a night out in the city. If you’re thinking, “how can two museum visits tire them?!” Well, we never took a cab. We just walked the whole day!
Anyway, our first stop for the night is Board Game Station, a board games café near the backpacker’s district. They have the more popular board/table top games but we still find it a bit lacking. When we went there, some of the food we initially prefer weren’t available which kind of sucks since the other stuff listed in the menu were pretty normal. So to make the most out of our trip there, we played a round of Ticket to Ride. Maybe we’ll visit the café again if we’d be with a larger group; but if it’s just the two of us, I think I’d pass.
After a round of Ticket to Ride, we went straight to the Backpacker’s District for some beer. FINALLY! It was a fun new experience because everyone’s just sitting outside the stores facing the street and food depends on which street food cart will pass by in front of you. We were able to meet new friends, try various street food, and had a really great night.