On my second day, a girl from Germany named Julie checked in in the room where I’m at. We talked and laughed within the first 30 minutes. She asked me if I’d like to go out for the night and of course I said yes. She wanted to have a drink so we went to a bar nearby the hostel but the beer cost around $3 so we walked out. We just decided to walk until we find a nice place. We ended up in the Bitexco Financial Tower which is the tallest building in Saigon. We checked out Alto Heli Bar on the 52nd floor. We were just wearing shorts and ugly shoes and we weren’t sure if they’d let us in but we’re glad they did. It was kinda awkward being under dressed in this place though. We couldn’t find the elevator to the bar and when we asked we had to be escorted to the 2nd floor and then there is the hidden elevator to the Saigon’s skyline! Loud and good music as we entered. We sat by the glass wall and here’s the view.
When we looked at the menu, beer was like $8! We walked out from $3 and hell we are not paying for this. We had to figure out how to walk out of the bar. Man, that was embarrassing. It was like “A walk of shame”. That is okay though, I’m sure nobody will remember us.
We saw a bar called “N Pub”. We chose to be here because the customers are all locals, more relaxing and the beer was around $2. We just spent about an hour then walked back to our hostel.
The next day, I had to wake up early because my Vietnamese friend Ashley invited me to her friend’s home for lunch. I told her that I’d really like to have a home cooked Vietnamese food. I took bus number 3 and got off near Big C supermarket. The people on the bus made sure I will get off at the right place.
Ashley and her friend cooked noodles and spring rolls for me and they were awesome.
After lunch, Ashley invited me to join their “Talking With The Tourists Group” which I did and I will have a separate blog about it. 🙂