Emperor Jade Pagoda, Saigon Zoo, and Delicious Vietnamese Food!

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Hey everyone, it’s Mark Wiens here, hope you’re having a wonderful day. In this travel food video, I was in Saigon, Vietnam. We decided to try taking the local bus, and from our hotel, we walked about 10 minutes to the bus stop on Minh Khai road. The bus came in just a few minutes and we took it just down the road until we got off right outside the Saigon Zoo.

Before entering the Saigon Zoo though, we were hungry so we decided to first go eat at a restaurant nearby called Phở Phượng 25, which is actually located right down the road from the legendary Lunch Lady of Saigon. I ordered a bowl of phở tái, which is Vietnamese pho noodles with rare cooked beef. It was very good, the beef especially was amazing, and I thought the soup was nicely balanced, but maybe a bit on the sweet side for me – but it did hit the spot.

After eating pho, we walked back to the Saigon Zoo, which shares the compound with the Saigon Botanic Gardens. The zoo wasn’t the best, the animals didn’t look to happy, but I did really enjoy walking around the gardens, which were lush and green and offered a nice escape from the chaos and loudness and fast pace of Saigon. After walking around for a while we then headed to the Museum of Vietnamese History, which is located right at the entrance of the zoo. The museum was pretty nice, definitely worth a visit – what I liked especially was the displays of artwork and carvings from Angkor Wat.

After the museum we then walked to the Emperor Jade Pagoda, one of the most well known Taoist temples in Saigon. The temple was old and dark, and it truly had an ancient, almost eerie feel to it. It was definitely worth visiting, and it’s a temple you should check out when you’re in Saigon.

After the temple, we then headed to Le Van Tam Park to eat Vietnamese green papaya salad that many of you recommended I should eat when I was in Saigon. The green papaya salad in the park was delicious, sweet and sour and fresh tasting.

To end the day, we headed back home on the bus, and then stopped by a lady I like to call the Meat Lady – a lady who sells all things Chinese meat. We got some pork belly, and some char siu, which was incredible. She also hooked us up with some baguettes as well.

It was another amazing day in Saigon – so many friendly people and delicious food.

Saigon Zoo – 20,000 VND
Museum of Vietnamese History – 15,000 VND
Emperor Jade Pagoda – Free

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34 comments

  1. JewManFew 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    Dude looked terrified, all I could think of was Full Metal Jacket when the dude got his camera stolen from the Karate expert on the bike. You got girl friend in Vietnam?

  2. James Luong 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    Try pho phu vuong in district 1 Mark! I think the address is 120 nguyen thai binh district 1. It’s probably the best pho in vn.

  3. Mr Pokiesmeister 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    How are you not sweating Mark lol! I went there a few years ago for work and was drenched in sweat after a few mins!

  4. Daniel in the Antipodes 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    I will never catch up with your videos as there are so many! But that is good thing as it means that I always have something on YouTube to look forward to!

  5. Miranda Hoang 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    This guy is so sincere. Of all the travel videos I have seen, people are not very positive about their visit to Vietnam but he's taking in all the positive things and share them with us. Thank you! -New subscriber! 😉

  6. Sidsiuh Nvd 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    Your video is amazingly high quality! What kind of camera are you using and how do you enjoy it? 🙂 Love your travel videos! 

  7. Justice ForPinoys 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    It looks like you're very much well adjusted with life in Asia and surprisingly not having any problems with the food. I know as an Asian myself there are certain dishes that are acquired taste but you obviously have a well-developed palate.

  8. Jimmy Hidayat 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    i think your next route is Singapore..

    hope you invite in Indonesia too especially
    in medan that where i live right know
    mr.Wiens Mark 😀

  9. idontlikebadjokes 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    the elephant and tiger look skinnier than most that I've seen! i do agree at how pitiful looking they are in here. that beef pho looks absolutely divine!

  10. Tina NG 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    I do envy you Mark, what a gorgeous life you are having.
    Tnx for the vids.

    Nhìn thấy cảnh Việt Nam mà nhớ nhà, quê hương mình.
    Mấy món đồ ăn mà thèm chảy nuốt nước miếng

  11. Ramza 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    I don't think I could ever enjoy chicken feet. Just skin and bones… yuck.
    Really enjoyed the video though.

  12. Linzey Molina 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    Very good Vietnamese food review Mark, good to see you and your love ones enjoying the zoo. With respect Mr.Molina San Diego California!

  13. Pinkfly79 18 July, 2020 at 11:44 Reply

    I was born in Dominican Republic, raised in NYC, married to an Irish, and love Vietnamese food so much more because of you!!! I look forward to your adventures and all of your dishes! Amazed that you don't have your own TV show?!

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