There are many ways to start a morning in Saigon, but for the next few Thursdays, mine will begin with a 5km run around the city. Without getting into specifics, let’s just say the fabulous food and beverage at the Caravelle has inspired me to seek balance on the pavement. Also, I’m doing my first half-marathon in August, and I hear it’s wise to prepare for those things.
In case you’re a runner yourself and are keen to join me, I’ll be lacing up at 5:30am outside the lobby. My route winds past the Saigon River and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The best part of this run – aside from the health benefits – is seeing Saigon as it wakes up. With all the hustle and energy usually on the street, it’s a revelation to witness a calm, even serene side of the city.
Another activity designed to draw you out of bed this May is our new Friday Pho excursion. Shredding herbs, squeezing limes, and spooning chili into a bowl of beef pho is an essential Vietnam experience. For the real deal, follow our Concierge at 8am as we lead you down the alley to Pho Minh – one of the first pho restaurants in District 1 dating back 60 years – where you can dine exactly as the locals do.
Before I sign off, allow me to invite you all to Sunday Sessions at Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar. The talented Kevin Gallardo delivers acoustic songs from the greats, and the rest of us settle in with bar bites and cold drinks. If live music, rooftop views and a free flow drinks package sounds like your idea of a good time, there’s a table on the 10th floor with your name on it.
See you there!
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