Pho in the Streets

Day 38. Wed 6/15

Nha Trang▶Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum, Thai’s place, Tib, Glow

We had an awesome view of the sunrise as we drove along the coast of Nha Trang to the airport this morning. It solidified that buying a plane ticket to HCMC was a better option than the night train. Our flight was quick and easy and we swung by Hillary’s hotel and made it to Thai’s by 9am.

Hillary was scheduled to tour Tin Thanh’s facilities in the industrial district in the afternoon so we decided to visit the War Remnants Museum in the morning. It was a lot to process, and the photos were really powerful. A few of the exhibits really stuck with me.

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It started to pour as we finished up at the museum and made for a perfect afternoon nap back at Thai’s. When we surfaced, a couple of us went to check out Ben Thanh market again and then get ready for dinner, a process that included showering and White Tiger beers (not at the same time), a new brew from one of Thai’s friends.

Thai treated us to a traditional Hue dinner at Tib’s family’s restaurant. We were spoiled with an array of beautiful and delicious dishes, and Thai explained the importance of different details and showed us how to eat them. My favorite was the soft shell crab but there wasn’t anything I didn’t like. I only got a picture of the crab and our dessert, but it was a meal I won’t soon forget. 🍴🍴🍴

After dinner we did a little pregaming and got to spend more time with Thai, who I’ve determined is the most interesting person I know. Also, he and Tib are a power couple that I’d say rank among the likes of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. And Addison’s adorable (as are her stuffed animals) 😇 I couldn’t thank Thai enough for his hospitality (and laundry machine and air con and liquor cart) and he was absolutely the best part about Vietnam. We kept him up late even though he was jetlagged so around 10pm we played Blood in the Streets (Some People Say, check it out), said goodnight to Uncle Thai and headed to Glow, a rooftop bar that apparently has a dress code. Max swapped his flip flops for converse (mixed reviews) and we enjoyed some drinks/shots/absinthe with a cool view of the Saigon skyline.

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Food log:

  • Mojzo’s free banh mi breakfast on the road to the airport
  • Pizza Hut chyea
  • The most amazing meal of the trip by far at Tib’s family restaurant


War Remnants Gallery

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