Thomas Barrett

Thomas Barrett

Born and bred on the not-so-mean streets of rural North Yorkshire in the UK. Thomas’s interest in Vietnam was piqued during a Graham Greene module at University, where he studied his classic novel, The Quiet American. He came wanting to find out what makes modern Vietnam tick, and stayed for the life-giving energy that Saigon brings every day. You can follow him on Twitter at @tbarrettwrites

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:53

La Bodega

When driving past La Bodega on an afternoon or evening you will often see people sat outside on the high chairs enjoying a glass of wine, coffee or a cocktail — it’s the spirit of European café culture in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2.

Monday, 10 July 2017 15:56

Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar

Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar on the top floor of Caravelle Saigon has been a favourite watering hole of politicians, journalists and soldiers, and has been welcoming people to its rooftop since 1959.

Sunday, 02 July 2017 08:28

The Fire Eater

Lighting up the stage.

Sunday, 02 July 2017 08:20

Pietro Porro

The man who rode 40,000km on a Vespa to get to Vietnam.

Saturday, 03 June 2017 11:25

BMV

Since opening four years ago, BMV has become a staple of the drinking scene in District 2. It brings a schnitzel-sized slice of Germany to this corner of Saigon, and is open daily from 11am to 2am.

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