After hotel GM Yega recommended and booked food tour (Siagon after dark) for me I was picked up by Kei (my driver for the night) @ 5:45pm last night and taken to the Vespa Boom Club in district one. At the club I meet fellow travelers in my group, five of us in are group but there was a total of 45 people taking the tour that night. We shared stories of past and future travel over a couple of beers waiting for tour to start. First stop 20 mins away through the busy streets of HCMC to district 4 for fresh seafood ( salted crab, mussels in a very good ginger broth and clams and fried frog legs) oh yah more Siagon beer... On the road again off to district 3, this in a back alley that only locals would know about where we were served frog legs again ( love them) seafood pancakes with shrimp and bean sprouts and pork and basil inside, very good and we made are own lettuce wraps with pork bean sprout dipped in a peanut sauce and more Siagon beer! On the road again to district 1 to a small back alley place where you walked through a maze of rooms to go up a very narrow stair case to arrive at a tiny room that held maybe 60 people. Here we were served ice cream and tea of coffee or beer or wine ( I went with the coconut ice cream) while locals sang while being accompanied by a panino and violin.. Just a short stop, good call guide!
Our last stop they saved the best for last, a hidden away ( everything was really.. Lol) rock bar with live music, place was very crowded after finding a place to stand you had your choose of cocktails or beer... Make it a rum and Coke please.. First number by the band was back in black AC/DC, crowd loved it the off to the Eagles Stones and even a little Neil Diamond.. Second act was a lady singer with great pipes.. Lol played a lot of current songs, really good. Well back to the hotel and that's the Saogon After Dark Tour... Two thumbs up!
I say my goodbyes to the Villa Song Siagon today, headed to district one to the Aligon Central Hotel & Spa for the next 6 days for some shopping and site seeing and maybe a scooter rental before heading to Camboia..