The more you explore Ho Chi Minh City, the more you discover – and the crazier it gets. Here are a list of some unusual things you can try while visiting this city.
Visit the apartment cafés
Once nothing more than a block of apartments known for housing military personnel, 42 Nguyen Hue Street has been transformed into a hub of quirky cafés and boutiques spanning across all nine floors. Since becoming pedestrianised in 2015, the road is now known as ‘Saigon Walking Street’ and is a lively night-time hotspot for locals.
Take a cooking class
If you’re a big fan of Vietnamese cuisine, there’s no better way to enjoy the food than by learning how to make it. There are tons of cooking classes in Ho Chi Minh City, many of which include a trip to a local market to buy ingredients. If you have your heart set on mastering a specific meal, private classes often allow you to choose your own dishes to cook.
Go to the Artinus 3D Art Gallery
The Artinus 3D Art Gallery is made up of a number of rooms, each painted with lifelike 3D images relating to a different theme, including Renaissance art and ancient Egypt, as well as some images that depict famous views in Vietnam. While the museum may not have the best art in the city, it is a fun alternative day out, if you feel like doing something a bit different. There are also plenty of amusing photo opportunities for those who want a silly selfie or two.
Drink egg coffee
Egg coffee is normally found in Hanoi, where the drink was apparently invented, but there are a few places that serve it in Ho Chi Minh City. It is made from egg yolks, sugar and condensed milk, whisked together to make a meringue-like foam, and poured over strong Vietnamese coffee. Egg coffee, or cà phê trứng in Vietnamese, is arguably more like liquid dessert than a regular coffee. One of the best places to find the sweet treat in Ho Chi Minh City is at Lưu Gia Café on 8 Duong Hoa Cuc Street.
Try fertilised duck egg
For many of us, new cuisines are one of the most exciting reasons to travel to a new country. And, for a select few adventurous foodies, the weirder the dish, the better! Ho Chi Minh City certainly delivers when it comes to unusual eats, and fertilised duck egg (hột vịt lộn) is one of the weirdest. The egg is served and eaten in the same way that a boiled chicken egg is eaten, except it has a partially developed duck foetus inside. If you’re brave enough to give it a go, you won’t have to look far to discover this popular snack in Saigon.
When you think of karaoke in Asia, images of Tokyo might spring to mind. However, singing your heart out can be just as much fun (if not more) in Ho Chi Minh City. There are more karaoke bars than you can possibly imagine, and getting together with friends or colleagues to belt out some classics is a popular pastime in the city. The Vietnamese seem to have no end of confidence when it comes to performing, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Not every karaoke club has English songs, but the ones without are still entertaining!
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