The last Southeast Asia destination in our summary of the TIME Magazine World’s Greatest Places list and the third from Vietnam, is Ho Chi Minh City.
Main picture Ho Chi Minh City at night credit dronepicr on flickr
TIME compiled the lists following nominations from its international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.
Formerly officially called Saigon, and is still referred as this by many.
This eclectic city has shopping, restaurants and nightlife to rival most other Southeast Asia cities plus incredible French colonial buildings, pagodas and memorials and attractions linked to the Vietnam war.
Was listed 12th in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards Trending Destinations.
TIME Magazine said:
“Ho Chi Minh City’s incredible food has never been short of admirers. Even so, it felt like a watershed moment when Anan—helmed by Vietnamese-American chef Peter Cuong Franklin—became the first venue in the country’s southern hub to earn a berth in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Franklin’s inspired take on classics like pho and banh nhung is indicative of the culinary creativity at play in the city.
Notable recent additions to the local dining scene include Monkey Gallery, where chef Viet Hong merges Vietnamese, French and Japanese techniques and flavors, and Esta, a self-described “modern Asian eatery” with an ever changing, expansive menu that runs the gamut from smoked-eel pâté to veal sweetbreads.
Both inspiring and delicious is Ivoire, a bakery that specializes in picture-perfect Vietnamese interpretations of classic French pastries, including small cakes and macarons.TIME Magazine
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