Wednesday, September 10

Mien Dong Thao: A Rainforest Cafe

Jojo brought us to a hidden gem in Ho Chi Minh, a coffee place called Mien Dong Thao. This place is located quite far from District 1, where we stayed. The taxi ride here is about 100k Vietnamese Dong (approximately because we stopped at midway for seafood dinner). 

The road to this place is very narrow, not to mention the havoc of the motorcyclists! Beyond the narrow road, lies a coffee shop that has a rainforest theme. I had a jaw-dropping the moment I stepped in. This cafe is so AMAZING! 

It is not an ordinary kopitiam, like the one we have in Malaysia. This cafe was filled with greens, a man made pond and beautiful landscaping for this three story cafe. 

In Vietnam the coffee drinking culture is amazing. There are so many specialty coffee shops here that there's no possible way to choose where to drink from. There's Coffee Bean, Starbucks, Highlands Coffee, and Nguyen Trung Coffee. There's many many more that I can't remember. 

We ordered the special Coffee with Baileys (57 000 Dong) and a Passion Chocolate cake (25 000 Dong) 

The coffee was so fragrant! It smells so good. The coffee is also very concentrated, impressively flavourful! 

This is a very nice place to visit for coffee. I will definitely come back again.

Last but not least, thank you Jojo for this secret place! 

Location: 221A, Nguyen Trong Tuyen st., Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City. 


Monday, September 8

Saigon Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral

Ding dong Ding dong! *my imaginary church bells rang* I stood afar watching this magnificent building standing tall. This is the Saigon Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral, located at the center of Ho Chi Minh City's architecture attractions. The Notre Dame was construction in 1880s by the French who colonialised Vietnam. This explains the influence of such magnificent architecture and facade of the building. 

In front of the Cathedral is the statue of Mary. The delicate and intricate sculpture very well depict the kind nature of Mary. 

Undeniably, the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of Saigons biggest attraction. Tourists from all over the world came flocking to this place. It is also a famous place for wedding photography. 

Just right next to the Cathedral is the Saigon Central Post Office. This building is also quite impressive. It gives us the feeling of stepping back into the past. The nostalgic gateway into the ancient world. It is now still operating, and is also a souvenir hub. Any tourist interested to post a postcard back home, can do so here! 

It's quite wet in Saigon during the rainy season, but the positive side of it is that the skies seems to be exceptionally beautiful and it's breezy during evenings.

Can't wait for more interesting Saigon stories to share!


Sunday, September 7

Fanny Ice Cream Ho Chi Minh

Pretty woman walking down the street,
Pretty woman saw many icecream,
Oh pretty woman...

Trololol sorry am in good mood today. So am gonna share with you all a unique icecream shop in Ho Chi Minh City called, jeng jeng jeng.... Fanny Ice Cream ! It boasts 100% Natural Ice Cream, so without hesitation, we ordered..

Chocolate Fondue- which consist of 14 miniscoops of your chosen flavours! We were really mischievious! We ordered a variety of wacky flavours such as:-
Chocolate Chili
Salty Caramel
Rum & Raisin
Young Rice
Vanila Macadamia
Mint Chocolate

It comes with a hot dark chocolate for dipping and a few pieces of crispy waffles and fruits like watermelon, strawberry and apple slices. Overall i would rate this icecream experience as eye opening due to the unique flavours served, especially the chocholate chilli.

The bill came up to 260,000 Vietnamese Dong. *smiles* 

I will come again if I pass by this place! A lovely place with lovely icecreams! 

Location: 29-31, Ton That Thiep St., District 1, HCMC