5 must-smell activities in Saigon
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    Feb 17, 2020

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1. Cafe Cheo Leo


Address: 109-36 Nguyen Thien Thuat, Ward 2, District 3

Business time: 5:15 AM - 6:45 PM

Price: VND 8,000 - 15,000

Have you experience an early morning in Saigon? Try to wake up at 5 o'clock and come to visit Cheo Leo cafe to enjoy the dawning atmosphere and the charming fragrant of coffee. Dating back from as early as the 19th century, this cafe is a popular corner for Saigonese who long for the nostalgic past in Saigon. Especially, their unique coffee-preparing method is certain to leave a lasting impression in you. Instead of using any machine or filter, the owner has the racket made coffee. This is honored as a traditional technique to preserve the elegant aroma and boost the existing flavor of coffee beans. Vietnam is the country of coffee-lovers, in fact Saigon people cannot live without coffee. Therefore, don't forget to give it a try!

2. Ba Du Fish sauce Hotpot - Chợ Mắm Bà Dú


Address: 19 Tran Khac Chan, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1

Business time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Price: VND 35,000 - 350,000

Fish sauce is definitely the national condiment of Vietnam. To Vietnamese people, almost food will become insipid with the absence of fish sauce. The combination of fish and salt having undergone a time-consuming process makes fish sauce have a unique smell. Its favor may be quite strong for foreign tourists who have never tried it before, but once you get accustomed to fish sauce, there is no doubt that you will miss it like you miss your lover :D. Besides, fish sauce hotpot, with the exotic dipping as the main ingredient, is a must-try dish when you visit Vietnam. This hotpot consisting of noodle, seafood, vegetable among other ingredients can ease the odor of fish sauce and harmonize into an appetizing dish. Let's visit Ba Du hotpot - one of popular places to try this in Saigon and eat like Vietnamese people eat!

3. Lá Parfume


Address: 88 Mac Thi Buoi, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Business time: 8:00 - 21:30

If you are on a journey in Saigon and badly miss the fragrance of your favorite perfume which you forgot to bring along, don't worry. You can absolutely find another perfume in Vietnam to be your new companion. La Parfum is a high-profile brand made in Vietnam that locals wholeheartedly trust. We sincerely hope that your experience with La Parfum adds more distinguished aromas to your visit to Vietnam.

4. Oriental Medicine Street


Address: Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street, Ward 10, District 5

Business time: 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Have you ever experience the warm aroma of Oriental Medicine whose main ingredients entirely come from nature such as herbs, dried roofs, fruits, or leaves? We think you - foreign visitors don't have lots of opportunity to experience this in your Western native countries. Therefore, we highly recommend you to visit this Oriental Medicine quarter to get to know what it is and how it can treat people. Moreover, you can explore an interesting aspect of Vietnamese people through the scene of a queue of people coming there to buy medicine. Vietnamese people, in particular the elder, highly adore this kind medicine because of its effectiveness and safety. They sometimes even choose it over Western medication!

5. Sen Spa


Address: 10B1 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

Business time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Price: VND 396,000 - 6,000,000

The fragrant scent of essential oils in spas never fails to soothe and ease those who have endured a challenging day. You can visit Sen Spa to experience this fascinating feeling. Named after the national flower of Vietnam - sen ("lotus" in English), Sen Spa is a tranquil and sophisticated rendezvous with a lotus theme which makes you feel like in a meditation atmosphere. Enter the spa, sip a cup of lotus tea and enjoy the aroma of essential oil! Discover more: Saigon spa map here!

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