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This upmarket speakeasy is suitably hidden away down a back alley and up some stairs in a dingy-looking residential block – the only indication of its existence is a large disco ball visible from the street.
Try a Bee’s Knees – gin, lime juice and honey syrup – for 150,000VND (£5.20).
Take a hike Start at Tao Dan Park (4) in District 1.
Take a stroll through this tree-filled wonder, stopping to admire a mini bridge and Buddhist-style temple.
Ho Chi Minh City, on the south coast of Vietnam, is split into 19 districts, with the Saigon River curling its way across the middle.
Much of the action takes place in District 1, which boasts most of the trendy restaurants and bars, plus the major market, Ben Thanh (1).
Order a set of four tasting beers for 175,000VND (£6).
Dine with the locals One of Ho Chi Minh’s more decadent eateries is Hum Café (14) (0084 28 3930 3819, humvietnam.com) in District 3, a highly-rated vegetarian restaurant so popular that a sibling, Hum Lounge (15), has also opened up in District 1.
High ceilings and tall potted plants give the impression of bringing the outside in as you choose from a massive pan-Asian selection – Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chinese are all on the menu.
Most dishes will set you back around 80,000VND (£2.80).
Window shopping Ben Thanh (1) (0084 8 3829 9274, vn) is Ho Chi Minh’s biggest and best market.
Start the day right with the banana bread and cinnamon mascarpone (95,000VND; £3.30), or plump for a pork, potato and pumpkin hash with a fried egg (140,000VND; £4.85).
Don’t abandon the East entirely though – do as the locals do and wash it down with a Vietnamese coffee.
Cross over Truong Dinh and carry on walking down the unnamed path opposite (5); you’ll quickly reach the grounds of the Independence Palace (6) (0084 838 223 652, vn).