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Six Senses: A Peaceful Island Retreat

If you’re looking to splurge on a nice meal on your next trip to Nha Trang, you should consider Six Senses.

The six senses resort is located on a secluded, beautiful island, with natural beaches and lies around 20 minutes by car plus another 10 minutes by boat from the centre of Nha Trang.

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Mediterraneo : Mediterranean Flavours in Nha Trang

Mediterraneo is a little restaurant in the centre of Nha Trang, which, despite only having been there just over a year, has become very popular due to the quality and authenticity of its food - a wonderful mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine.

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Video: The Story of a Saigon Chè Vendor

For a recent street food film competition, Luong and Vinh created a short about the life of Dung, a Saigon chè vendor.

Dung, who has been selling chè for 30 years, awakes each morning to prepare her sweet soups and then spends the rest of her day selling them from her cart.

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Le Bouchon: A Classic French Bistro in the Heart of Saigon

Centrally located in the heart of District 1, Le Bouchon de Saigon offers a friendly and relaxing atmosphere ideal for customers who not only like to enjoy food, but also to have a bit of fun.

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Free Food Tuesday (Chicken Tandoori) @ deciBel

From the organizers:

Chef JeWel, makes you try her Chicken Tandoori, a delight from India consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices.

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White Forest: A Welcome Addition to the Saigon Dining Scene

The White Forrest opened its doors barely four months ago, and since my first visit, it has become one of my favourite restaurants and gathering places in Ho Chi Minh City.

So what makes White Forrest special? I guess is a combination of things:

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Streetside Bánh Tráng Nướng

I was telling a friend about the bánh tráng nướng in District 4 that I wrote about recently.

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Chuối Chiên

Fried food gets a bad rap in my view. People say that oil is not good for you, so frying makes food unhealthy for us. But the thing is, it’s usually only fried once. One time. And one’s a very small number really. In fact, so small that if fried food was fried any less, it wouldn’t be fried at all. It would be salad.

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Cho An Dong

OK, so not a single food place so much as a collection of places. The market is worth a visit in itself – think a mix of the touristy feel of Ben Thanh (but without the hassle and inflated prices) and the madness of Tay Binh in Cho Lon (but smaller) – spread out over a couple of levels, it can be an assault on the eyes but rarely on the wallet.

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Banh Trang Nuong

Preying on hungry school kids is the economic right of food vendors around the world, and Vietnam is no different. Cheap, sweet and quick are usually the key elements here but at a school in District 4, there’s one snack that bucks the trend – banh trang nuong.

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Hoa Quan

As a resident of District 4, I find that it being off a lot of people’s radar both a good and bad thing. Good because, quite frankly, I like to imagine I have the place to myself and want to wallow in the uniqueness of being a rare westerner in the mirky depths of the district. Really though, it’s a bad thing because so many people are missing out on one of Saigon’s most vibrant areas.

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