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OFF THE BIKE: REST DAYS IN SAIGON

January 18, 2018

Our route only took us through a small section of Vietnam. We cycled from the Xa Mat border with Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh to catch a flight home for Christmas and then rode back into Cambodia at the Ha Tien border. We arrived in Ho Chi Minh a week too early for our flight so had plenty of rest days in this busy city. They say you should write what you know, so instead of a guide to bicycle touring in Vietnam- here's a guide to rest days in Saigon.

 

Click here for an interactive map of this route.

 

 

Video of our time in Vietnam 

 

Ho Chi Minh by night

 

Some ideas of ways to spend your days off the bike in this city:
 

 

Pasteur St Brewery

 

Beer

Make good use of your time and check out the craft beer scene. We were surprised by just how many craft breweries and bars there were here. Pasteur St Brewery (try the award-winning Cyclo Imperial Chocolate Stout,) Heart of Darkness (try the Kurtz's Insane IPA) and Bia Craft were our favourites. These choices are based on rigorous and repeated tasting. :)

 


Bike service


After plenty of beer drinking, a sensible thing to do is to give your bike some TLC. For thorough, professional and fast servicing head to Saigon Bike Shop where Van the Man will see to your bicycle's every need. He also stocks good quality parts, water bottles etc if you need to stock up,
 

 

 

Q Mama Barbecue Buffet

 

Food 


Cyclists need plenty of fuel and these places certainly gave us that. Quan Ut Ut American Barbecue serves excellent meat with sides like corn bread, mac and cheese and buttered green beans. Not exactly healthy, but delicious. Heart of Darkness serves fancy pub food including burgers and tacos. They have great beer too -kill two birds with one stone! Q Mama Barbecue Buffet - get there early at 5pm. All-you-can-eat buffet with your own grill on the table. Includes cook-your-own crab and other seafood. All-you-can-drink beer, cider  and soft drinks. Gets rowdy and competitive for food after about 7pm but you will have it almost all to yourself from 5-6pm. 199,000 dong per person (about 10 dollars).

 

 

 

 

Transport


Saigon is a big city so consider downloading the Uber app for cab rides. It's cheaper than other taxis and walking is difficult in Ho Chi Minh. We stayed out in district 8 so we relied heavily on it. Prices vary at peak times but we generally paid about 5 dollars for a 40 minute ride.

 

 

Mekong Delta 

 

Sights


We didn't do a whole pile of sightseeing - they were "rest" days after all. A day trip to the Mekong Delta is worth a few hours but beware that it is very busy with other tourists. The Cu Chi Tunnels are set in a beautiful part of the countryside but have a dark history. 



Some of the recommendations listed above are fairly pricey for a bike touring budget. We felt like rewarding ourselves for hitting 7000 km so we splashed out. There are plenty of cheaper options all over the city and the staples of iced sweet coffee and pho (noodle soup) are on every corner for a couple of dollars. 

 

We definitely felt well rested, watered and fed by the time we got back on the bikes!

 

 

 

Click here for an interactive map of this route.

 

 

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