MAY 2013 / Ho Chi Minh City Travel Plan
NOV 2013 / Bangkok Travel Plan
Language: 日本語, English
I was born and raised in Tokyo.
After working for ten years, I just thought, "I wanna go surfing!". Then, I quit my job, went to San Diego in California, then stayed there for one year just for surfing.
Now, I came back to Tokyo and working at a web service company.
We went to Cho An Lac Market, her house, and a beauty parlor nearby the house.
I had lunch inside Cho An Lac Market, which is very local market and maybe I couldn't even go inside if I were alone.
It was very hot and humid, I was sweaty so much, so we went to a beauty parlor to shampoo my hair, wash my face and massage. Only local women can take this kind of service. No men.
Dau asked the shop staff to do it for me. It was weird but interesting experience to have massage surrounded by only Vietnamese women at a local beauty parlor!
Anh is a university student, and joyful person!
We went to Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm (永厳寺), a coffee shop, Giac Lam Pagoda, Pandora City (a big modern shopping mall), and Cho Vo Thanh Trang (a local market).
Especially, Giac Lam Pagoda is great. You can see many buddhism statues influenced by Chinese culture. I think it's a "must-see" in Saigon.
We visited Saigon Opera House, Dong Khoi Street, Port for Saigon River cruise, and Cho Hanh Thong Tay Market. The highlight was Cho Hanh Thong Tay Market located north area from the airport.
There were lots of local people at the night market, full of energy, and no tourists. We had a REALLY delicious but very cheap local dinner there. The restaurant was very popular for young people.
I thought, I could have never come to this place alone. You can't find it in a guidebook. I was expecting to go to such a place.
Super thanks, Mai!
I met her in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. We went to Saigon Central Post Office and Quoc Tu Pagoda. Tam is easygoing, positive, and joyful person!
We enjoyed the street foods, and visited very local spots where local hang out in the evening.
On the day we visited Quoc Tu Pagoda, it was the birthday of Buddha. There were so many people, and full of the smell of incense. We could climb up the top floor of the pagoda, which is not open usually.
If you want to dive into real local life in Saigon, why don't you ask Tam!
Anh is very kind, generous, and passionate traveler!
We went to Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum. While visiting famous places, I had very local breakfast (noodles), a cup of coffee on street and had very local lunch again.
Through her eyes, I could see the local life in Saigon, and how vietnamese people see the past and future.
Anh helps your travel and you will have wonderful experience in Saigon!
You can't expect more! She is responsible, knowledgable, fun, and speaks English fluently,
I asked her to take me to a kind of "local secret" places because I've already visited famous places such as Post Office, War museums, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc.
We visited Chua Dieu Phap temple where you can never be able to go by yourself. The temple is along the riverside. There are many local people who enjoy the peaceful and cozy atmosphere. We bought fishes and let them free in the river. This is how Vietnamese do good at a temple.
Then, we went to a restaurant at the riverside. The restaurant was one of the best in Saigon!
After the restaurant, we went to a local market, Cho Ba Chieu, where there was no tourists. Huyen spent junior and high school days around here.
The highlight of the day was the next destination, night view on Thu Thiem Bridge. It's famous for a dating spot for young Vietnamese. You can see the overview of the center of Saigon city!
I asked her to take me somewhere outside of Saigon because I think I enjoyed fully Saigon town. Then, she suggested Vung Tau, a beach town, which is popular for Saigonese.
We took a boat which takes 1.5 hours from Saigon to Vung Tau, and rented a motor bike there.
We visited Bach Dinh (White Villa), Dinh Than Thang Tam Temple, Tuong Thanh Gioc (Jesus Christ statue), and Bai Sau (Back Beach).
I stayed in Saigon for four days and breathed exhaust gas from cars and motorbikes so much. It was a good refreshing time for me to stay at a beach town:)
She speaks English fluently, always joyful, and full of hospitality. Just meetrip with her!
I met her on her university campus. She speaks English fluently.
We went to Emperor Jade Pagoda and Binh Tay Market together with her. During our trip, I had juice and sweets whose shops are very popular among locals. No tourist there.
If you want to try genuine local-popular foods, ask Thien.
We took a local bus. You know, it's a kind of difficult to take a local bus for a tourist like me. Noisy and aggressive bus driving was also interesting experience for me.
With her help, I bet your trip will become super fantastic!
We visited the Gundam museum, a daytime market near Taipei Main station, and had lunch together. He knows very cheap clothing and accessory shop near Taipei Main station.
This is the 2nd time for me to visit Maokong. For the first time, I visited there by myself, and I thought this is just a boring place for tourists. With her, my impression totally changed. Maokong is a mixed area with tea plantation, special tea dish restaurant, hiking, and traditional temple. Definitely it's worth visiting. I felt somehow I was inside the local community. Maybe that's because she speaks Chinese, lives near now, and enjoyed together with me!
We took Gondola (special crystal one) to the mountain top, went to the tea pot museum, had a traditional Oolong tea 鉄観音, had a special tea dish lunch, short hiking, went to traditional big temple, and then went to very local tea shop. We used local bus several times.
I visited several department stores near Taipei 101 with her and have lunch together at a local 担々麺 restaurant. She worked around here and so knows very well.
Kerry is super funny girl! Always laughing, laughing, and laughing:) On the other hand, she's very knowledgeble and proud of showing her favorite Taipei. I could explore Danshui 淡水 with eyes of a local. I enjoyed the night street and market of Danshui, which was beautiful and very local. I bet you would enjoy it!!!
It was REALLY wonderful taste. Super delicious French sweet with Chinese tea. The cafe where she took me is a kind of hidden cafe. Usually, it's a French sweet cooking studio. Without her, it's almost impossible to get there.
With her, I could enjoy really local and tasty foods, like 噛味！
She's very helpful and thoughtful girl. This is the forth time for me to visit Taipei, and I visited night markets many times, but still I found lots of new things with her.
You can go to a night market by yourself and find a popular restaurant in your guide book. However, actually it's very rare to discover really tasty and popular restaurant. To enjoy real local night market, you need her!
Jerry is a gentle and kind person. He loves Ximen 西門 and comes here very often. He took me to all over the Ximen. Before joining his tour, I thought Ximen is just a town for teenagers. But actually, Ximen is a quite mixed-up town with fashion shops for teenagers, movie theaters, old but popular restaurants, sweet shops, and the Ximen traditional building. I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot, maybe because Ximen is Jerry's favorite town. I could share his passion for Ximen.
He's a kind and knowledgable person. I went to three night markets with him. He explained to me about the feature of each night market, popular restaurants, and Taiwanese local food. He likes night market a lot, so he knows very well. I wanted to try all of local foods he introduced to me. It was such special experience to visit 3 night markets in one night!
I'm kind of person who loves a university campus. Whenever I have a chance to visit a university, I take a look at it. National Taiwan University is the most famous university in Taiwan. You can go to the campus by yourself, but if you want to enjoy it, this tour is the best. Pei-Chen is a cute university student girl. Of course she knows very well about this campus. She explained to me about history and features of each building, and took me to a popular waffle shop and grocery store. At the grocery store, they sell fresh milk that comes from Taiwan University's farm. And it is REALLY tasty. It's one of the best milk in my life. You can't miss it!
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