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    Been here a couple of days and the weather has been less than expressive. Purely came for 10 days to eat food and not do much other than that so it's worked out. That said it's given me a chance to go and try a lot of coffee. It's really improved since I was here a few years back. Most of the time it was just their Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. Now I noticed a lot of these places have espresso machines and are starting to offer more.

    Then there are little roasteries starting to open up. Most like the Vietnamese would do are offering their own beans. Some still robusta but now more Arabia too and so far I've been very impressed with the few I have tried. Beans come from the dalat region and I'll say it again. I've been really impressed with the quality of coffee.

    A place called the espresso station I really liked, so much I went back a couple of times.

    Heading down to Go Chi Minh tomorrow for a few days to check out some more. Stay tuned.

    And here is a few photos of coffee and some of the food.. well worth the trip for anyone looking for someone delicious and cheap.

    Regards Chris

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    When you're in Ho Chi Minh, definitely check out Workshop Espresso and Saigon Coffee Roasters - they're right near each other in District 1, and pretty hard to beat - been there many times over the past few years (moving there next month) and very much looking forward to visiting these 2 places again...

    Edit: Where was the place in Da Nang you took those pics? Looks pretty good...

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    • #3
      I havent gotten around to writing back about my adventures in ho Chi Minh but will say I found the coffee at Saigon Coffee roasters close to the best ive had. Running two Nice Slayer machines and offered a variety of single origin coffees. I stay a stone throws away from this place for a reason as i went back 5 times to be exact.

      Cheers,

      Chris

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      • #4
        Originally posted by doug81 View Post

        Edit: Where was the place in Da Nang you took those pics? Looks pretty good...
        To coffee? or the food?

        The first photo of the food is at a place called Bep Hen Restaurant. Family home cooking and amazing food to be honest. Well worth trying

        the second photo is fromo a place we have for breakfast called Hủ tiếu Nam Vang. Can eat this any time of the day but the broth on this is very light and good for the morning.



        Once again well worth trying.

        Cheers,

        Chris

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        • #5
          Morning Chris.

          We were in Vietnam about three years ago, hired a car and driver, traveled from Hanoi to Saigon and of course many points between, great experience, Hoi An probably one of our favorite spots.

          Halong Bay was quite something.

          Traffic in both Hanoi and Saigon has to be experienced to be believed.

          Enjoy the rest of your stay.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Yelta View Post
            Morning Chris.

            We were in Vietnam about three years ago, hired a car and driver, traveled from Hanoi to Saigon and of course many points between, great experience, Hoi An probably one of our favorite spots.

            Halong Bay was quite something.

            Traffic in both Hanoi and Saigon has to be experienced to be believed.

            Enjoy the rest of your stay.
            Was only there for 9 days, we saw cheap flights about 6 months ago and thought why not. It was a pure fly in eat eat and rest sort of holiday. Like you having been there 2 years ago for 3 weeks it's definitely a place I wanted to go back too.

            It helps my partner is originally from Vietnam so she knows all the good places to go and fluently speaks Vietnamese. When I went last time I by passed DaNang for Hoi an as most do and she assured me I'd like the food on DaNang and she was right. I like you liked Hoi an even though it's a very touristy place now.

            As you said the traffic is something else, I'd like to say they have peak time but I think it's all day to be honest!

            Their dalat coffee is also very impressive also worth trying.

            The food shown in the photo was probably the best meals out of many great ones. Straight of the side of the street for a $1.20

            Cheers Chris

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Yelta View Post
              Morning Chris.

              We were in Vietnam about three years ago, hired a car and driver, traveled from Hanoi to Saigon and of course many points between, great experience, Hoi An probably one of our favorite spots.

              Halong Bay was quite something.

              Traffic in both Hanoi and Saigon has to be experienced to be believed.

              Enjoy the rest of your stay.
              I was there in 1993 (when it started to become a popular tourist destination and again 20 years later. I missed Halong Bay on my first trip and was determined to correct that on my second. Its reputation for a scenic spot is well deserved but a bit put off by the volume of tourists. But it was still an enjoyable day.
              My favourite place was Nha Trang where an island tour concluded with perhaps the best seafood lunch I've eve enjoyed.

              Didn't mind Dalat either where I had my first Vietnamese coffee but the 'cafe' had very subdued lighting which eventually revealed, as our eyes adjusted, its intent to provide privacy to young couples making up the target customer base.

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