Being a coastal nation, Vietnam brings in a lot of seafood. There’s never a shortage of squid, snails, octopus and all kinds of big fish. To enjoy some of the freshest and tastiest underwater snacks you’ve ever had, trek over to Vĩnh Khánh Street. This area is famous for its seafood, and not many tourists make the journey. This is a great way to see an authentic side of the city – away from the glitz and crowds of District 1. For a sure bet, try Quán Ốc Thảo 2.
Quán Ốc Thảo 2, 99 Vĩnh Khánh, District 4, Hồ Chí Minh City +84 93 211 70 78
Many prestigious river tour companies launch from District 4. You can choose from several modern and luxurious cruise boats, including the massive Elisa. It’s quite impressive. There are options to match any budget, so make a date of it and float in style.
If you want to see District 4, but you’re not too enthused about sitting in tiny chairs on a crowded sidewalk, then here’s a fancier option for you. This will also satisfy your sushi cravings, which, if you’re anything like us, is a constant mental battle between eating sushi and anything else – and sushi often wins.
Sushi Ko, 122 Vĩnh Khánh Street, District 4, Hồ Chí Minh City +84 122 256 8152
After you’ve taken your selfies on the Rainbow Bridge, take a short stroll to see where a young Ho Chi Minh, then a young Nguyễn Tất Thành, began his 30-year journey abroad, working as a humble kitchen helper on a French steamer headed for Marseilles in 1911.