My Saigon: The Local Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Saigon: The Local Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Elly Thuy Nguyen

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Overview

Experience real Saigon: My Saigon 2020

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) offers bustling streets, amazing walks, too-hip-for-you cafes, rocking music clubs, luxurious salons, explosively delicious restaurants, and indoor cat zoos. Saigon is Vietnam. It's young, practical, crowded, and a little bit brash.

My Saigon is the detailed local lowdown on Saigon, full of the places, the tricks, the stories, and the nuances that only a seasoned Saigonese local would know.

Unfortunately, most visits to Saigon are limited to the same boring "attractions": a few unimpressive buildings, a few overpriced markets, and a few propaganda bits about the War.

Saigon has so much more to offer, but it's largely undocumented in English-language travel guides.

My Saigon documents what knowledgeable Saigonese people know: the most amazing experiences, the funniest stories, the best coffee, the best food (far beyond pho), the go-to shops, the best hangouts, the coolest stuff to see, and hipsters, hipsters everywhere.
  • Big-picture layout of the city.
  • Basic history your tour guides aren't allowed to tell you.
  • Don't stay in the backpacker cesspool, but don't overpay for a hotel.
  • Get up and running with cheap mobile data in minutes, without visiting any phone stores.
  • Pho isn't really a big thing in Saigon: it's a northern Vietnamese food. I'm sorry. But I'll show you the best pho in Saigon anyway.
  • Delicious, authentic, moderately priced restaurants where my friends and I eat -- and that you won't find on Tripadvisor.
  • Coffee. Did someone say coffee? I sure like coffee. Coffee. Yes. More coffee. Please. I'll tell you where.
  • Hang out where Vietnamese people hang out, eat street snacks, listen to live music, whatever.
  • Make cool friends, date guys or girls, whether you're a guy or a girl.
  • Silly Saigonese slang, maybe to use with your new Vietnamese girlfriend or boyfriend.
  • The lowdown on how Saigon's mafia runs the streets and who the various street characters are.
  • Would you wear a Dixie hat at a NAACP meeting? Then don't wear a hammer-and-sickle t-shirt in Saigon.
  • Don't give money to beggars and street kids, because they're all owned by the mafia.
  • Saigon taxis are convenient and trouble-free, if you know the simple trick to avoid scams -- but Uber and Grab are even better!

    My Saigon includes tutorials on basic Vietnamese language, history (that Vietnamese tour guides are forbidden from mentioning), Saigon street characters, urban navigation and transportation, internet and phones, money and prices, avoiding scams, making friends, and meeting love interests.

    Saigon is a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, and experiences. My Saigon is a guide, a love confessional, an instruction manual, and an ode to the city.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781484929117
    Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
    Publication date: 05/09/2013
    Series: My Saigon , #1
    Pages: 204
    Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

    About the Author

    Elly Thuy Nguyen is a devoted Saigon nerd. Saigon is her major hobby. Reading and writing are her other hobbies, and also her vocation: in her day job, Elly is an English-language marketing writer. In addition to her love of Saigon and the written word, Elly enjoys cafes, cats, hip-hop, and international travel.

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