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Drinking Vietnamese Iced ☕️ with the Locals

Drinking Vietnamese Iced ☕️ with the Locals

December 2019 · 2 min read

Today’s been a rather chill morning into the mid-afternoon. We have a flight at 17:35 routed from SGN (Saigon) to BKK (Bangkok). Our service apartment checkout is at noon, so we’ll catch a grab and just chill out at the airport until our flight.

The service apartment scene is pretty cool. It almost feels like a dormitory/hostel type stay. Small room, bunk beds, small kitchenette area, unconventional (traditional Vietnamese) shower, etc. The very first day in Saigon, we actually were wandering the area, stopped on this very side street pictured above, sat down and had a chilled coffee. When we finished up, instead of walking back out near the busy street, we headed in toward the alley to see what was there.

All these little side street alleys in Vietnam lead back to people’s homes. They’re no more than a few feet in width, only wide enough for motor scooters to drive through. The locals thought we were lost and kept pointing us back in the direction of the main roadway. We decided to turn back, but took one more last aimless turn, and we happened to stumble upon the service apartment we currently reside (APA Saigon).

If we had listened to the locals who thought we were lost, we’d never have found this place. It was a completely different mix up from the accommodations we’d been booking up until this point. Four star hotels, with an American shower, and normal twin beds. The service apartment was a hidden jewel in the middle of a traditional Vietnamese neighborhood in downtown Saigon, home to nearly 9 million people. What a find!

It was perfect, too, because our previous accommodations only had one night available. So, it worked out perfectly.

Moral of the story basically is aimless travels sometimes leads to some of the most memorable and unique experiences which otherwise would never have happened traveling via an itinerary.

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