VIETNAM & CAFE SUA DA

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Here is the missing Vietnam trip before the ever short layover in Korea. My husband and I traveled to Vietnam for business, strictly business. We spent most of our days either at the office or at coffee shop. Our coffee office were more Western, meaning water down Vietnamese coffee and sufficient wifi. When we did have time for real Vietnamese coffee we would go to the nearest mom and pop shop- go to any of them and you’re guaranteed a great cup of iced Cafe Sua Da.[/one_half]

 

Vietnamese Coffee is like crack.

 

 

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Comfort food all day, everyday

 

Lunch was served at the office, but I lived for dinner during our trip. We were taken to the most amazing seafood joints, street food, and mom/pop shops. I only wish I took photos before devouring it or even jotted down the name of the restaurant. But even if I did take notes, I find it rather difficult to navigate, especially when you’re searching for a particular restaurant. There are a million of them, all mom and pop shops, not a single franchise (except for your occasional McDonalds or KFC). That’s what makes Vietnam so great. It always feels like you’re eating a homemade meal. The food is incredibly light, colorful, and healthy. We ate tons of raw vegetables and was really main jam. The fruit juices in Vietnam is on another level, nuoc mia, nuoc ma, and whatever nuocs there are in Vietnam is bomb.

 

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I can’t give you a whole lot of food recommendations, but I can point you to all the beautiful Western coffee shops, if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for.

 

Coffee:

Saigon Oi

Floor 5, 42 Nguyen Hue, District 1 | Floor 5

 

Work Cafe Saigon 

Bitexco Financial Tower, 2nd Floor

 

L’usine

157 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé

 

Food:

Com Tam Ba Ghien

84 Dang Van NguHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cuc Gach Quan
10 Dang Tat | Ward Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

LAYOVER IN KOREA

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*Madewell sweater vest, J.Crew shirt and trousers, and Vans slipons

I have never booked a trip with an excessively long layover before. It usually has to do with the fact that 1) I am much too lazy to trek outside the airport for only a couple of hours and 2) I have no urge to stay at an airport for 12 hours. However, this time around, since our business trip was just too much business, my husband and I decided to try a layover for the first time.

I think the best part about our short layover was the fact that it was in Seoul, Korea. They inject a huge amount of money into their tourism, so much so that their tours are free. If we were normal tourists we would’ve totally taken up on their offer, but we’re not, so we didn’t. This short layover was meant strictly for eating and shopping. We went to whatever city life there was, in whatever district we ended up in, and ate our little hearts out. We shopped, and then we had coffee, and more coffee*. We wandered wherever the streets took us, and had no goal. It was a great layover.

We definitely want to go back and visit Seoul again. We had a little taste, and we want more! Short layover trips are great to help you decide if that’s where you want to visit one day. It’s like a little sneak peek. From now on there will be no lazy Priscilla, in fact, I will try to book a long layover whenever I can. A short trip with no plans or goals means less stress, and more frivolity (which is always needed after a business trip).

*I cannot give you any recommendations of coffee or food joints. Half the time I didn’t even know where I was, but that’s the beauty of it!