Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cafe EON and Ho Chi Minh Square

Cheers to a life of travels and adventure!

After a long day exploring Saigon Zoo and surviving the chaos that was Ben Thanh Market, it was time to sit and relax in a coffee shop, Cafe EON, located on the 50th floor of Bitexco Financial Tower. Even though their coffee and menu are more expensive compared to other coffee shops, I still wouldn't think twice to try it because, seriously, the view is worth it! Based on reading blogs and reviews, it's better to go to Cafe EON and pay for a high-priced coffee than pay for the Skydeck (which is also quite expensive) on the 49th floor. Its like choosing between city view while sipping coffee versus just plain city view. Well, the first one definitely wins! And by the way, their coffee tastes great!

Another advice that I got was to be there from sunset to evening. So, Shayne and I went there before 6PM and stayed until like 8PM. Two hours of chatting, witnessing the horizon changed from bluish/orange/pinkish to pitch black illuminated by the city lights, sipping our coffee, eating doughnuts, and just enjoying every moment of it.

After that, we decided to take a walk to look for a place to eat. We're not familiar with the streets but we're just going to the direction of our hotel. And surprise surprise! When we turned the corner, we saw that there's a wide area in the middle of the road where people just walk and there's even a loud music playing. We crossed the street and tried to look at what was happening. Apparently, we were in Ho Chi Minh Square. 
In the middle of this street is Ho Chi Minh Square

After further walking, we found ourselves in front of Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Its facades were lighted and I have to say, it was such a lovely sight. So far, of all the places I've been to, it's in Vietnam where I saw many buildings with spotlights lighting up its facades. Somehow, it brings a dramatic touch to the French colonial architecture of the buildings.

The lights are so bright. But they never blind me. -T. Swift

*All pics taken by me, the ones where I was in were taken by Shayne

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