25 Things Women Should
Know about Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam...
Saigon has many budget options, however, it also allows
an avid luxury shopper to enjoy high-end shopping at moderate
prices. If you are a traveling trend seeker, then check
– a concept boutique poised on the 2nd floor above
the Art Arcade on 1/F, 151 Dong Khoi Street. This find literally
has it all; hip fashion, a café, and a gallery. When
you’re there, be sure to check out the marriage of
Vietnamese art and high fashion produced by CAMENAE, a Saigon/Singapore
based company. CAMENAE works with local Vietnamese artists
to put their art on leather-goods such as the Dragon Wallet.
The art scene in Saigon is one of the most vibrant; Dong
Khoi Street is lined with art galleries where you can get
original Asian art for affordable prices.
yourself for less...
women come to Vietnam for the economical ‘pampering’
they can get. Spas grace every street in Saigon; and they
will beg you to come in -- literally. However if you want
something different then you must try Qing
Wine Bar on 110 Pasteur District 1. Wine…yes;
plus a mani-pedi and brilliant back rub. Stop in and grab
a glass of wine downstairs and then walk upstairs to the
spa and choose from a menu of bliss.
down this tailor...
is also known for quality, economical tailoring. As an expat,
I had my own tailor who I trusted and worked with. However,
if you are a Journeywoman with limited time in Saigon, then
take advantage of in-shop tailors at silk stores like Creation,
105 Dong Khoi District 1. Here you can choose any beautiful
item off the rack and have it tailored to fit with a very
quick turn around. Sometimes this is better than having
things made from scratch which tends to take much longer
and the urgency creates a loss in quality. While you search
the racks at Creation, be sure to look at the gorgeous custom
beaded Ao Dais,
the traditional Vietnamese dress, they are one of a kind.
like it hot...
do you stay cool in a notoriously hot and sticky city? You
don’t. Ladies, I suggest you wear deodorant and stop
frequently in coffee shops and art galleries with air conditioning.
Even as an expat, I would always pop into the high end hotels
to simply cool down and sit in peace and quiet to revive
my energy. After all, it’s free to sit there! I also
recommend trying the fresh fruit smoothies sold everywhere
in Saigon; they are a cool and refreshing treat. My favorite
place to cool off is a little smoothie bar called Juice
at 49 Mac Thi Buoi D1 – the colorful décor
will perk you up right away!
is a city of water, built upon waterways that snake throughout
the city and cause many traffic woes! Unfortunately there
aren’t any real nice river walks in the main part
of town, however if you venture out to An Phu, District
2, you’ll find an oasis along the river called The
Deck. Here you can have a sunset happy hour drink while
watching the barges slowly make their way down river. The
Deck is an oasis of calm in more ways than just eating and
drinking; they also offer Yoga
sessions in the morning along the river.