Chiney Money presents "An Irie Guide to the South East Side" where I share with you my travels throughout South East Asia, through a Reggae perspective. Whether touring or hustling, this is one of the most culturally diverse regions with fast growing economies.
In this series, we take a casual stroll through Saigon, exploring the backstages and underground spots of the rising Reggae & Dub scene, eat some amazing Vietnamese food and visit the best coffee shops and co-working spaces to get shit done as a traveling artist (good wifi is a must!). Don't be confused, Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City (also known as HCMC) are the same place - Saigon is the original name for Vietnam's largest city and was renamed Ho Chi Minh in 1975 when the victorious North Vietnamese government took over the south. Ho Chi Minh was the leader of the North and, little known fact, spent quite a bit of time in Harlem studying Marcus Garvey. Today, the locals still affectionately call their city Saigon.
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PLACES WE STROLLED...
Work Saigon: Co-working space, creativity school and cafeteria in Saigon. Home to a community of mobile workers, good food and really good coffee. Situated in an actual mansion, Work Saigon is outfitted with beautifully rustic interiors, large tables to work at, a swimming pool in the back if you need to revive your brain!
Saigon Ranger: Any given night you might watch a movie or stumble onto a Vietnamese Drum & Bass Jam and grab the mic because you had one too many "BIA Saigons"...opps I've said too much.
Pho Quynh [323 Pham Ngu Lao, HCMC 70000. tel. 0838368515] : The best Vietnamese beef stew I've ever had; french loaves are soft and crispy, the stew is seasoned and divine. Nestled in the Backpackers Area of District 1 in Saigon (apparently there are 4 locations, but you'll find me late night in District 1 letting the steam of the food wash away a hectic day in HCMC.) If you need some relief from the heat, upstairs is air conditioned. Opened very late, affordable and the best idea after a night of too many BIA Saigons.