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[Day 2] – Looking for Motorbikes in Saigon – Part One

[Day 2] – Looking for Motorbikes in Saigon – Part One

This day was reserved to start our search for the motorbikes in Saigon. There are a plenty of options, and we need to make our choice in the few days we are staying in Saigon.

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Looking for Motorbikes in Saigon

In the end we woke up in 2 PM. Jet lag can induce this in the first days of switching 5 time zones. AJ came around our apartment and we chilled a bit on the rooftop. Daytime view over the Saigon skyline and Landmark 81 is simply jaw-dropping!

Cruising around on Honda Wave.

Cruising around on Honda Wave.

We realized that we should find something to eat real fast. Vietnamese food is very light, full on carbohydrates and not so much with protein. Antonio’s Honda Wave was strong enough to hold three people on board, a sight you see often in Vietnamese traffic.

Lots of construction work is taking place in Saigon.

Lots of construction work is taking place in Saigon.

Mi Xao Bo is a decent way to kickstart the day!

Mi Xao Bo is a decent way to kickstart the day!

After getting some much-needed energy, it was time to look for the bikes. Saigon Motorcycles was our first stop. The owner there is an older Vietnamese woman that surprisingly knows very good English! She has lots of bike gear in her shop, including helmets and raincoats, which are pretty much essential. 

Crossing the street in Vietnam can be sometimes challenging. It is easy to adapt though. There are a lot of motorbikes in Saigon that congest the traffic there.

Crossing the street in Vietnam can be sometimes challenging. It is easy to adapt though. There are a lot of motorbikes in Saigon that congest the traffic there.

We still didn’t decide from the Yamaha Nuovo and Suzuki Hayata automatic bikes and we told the owner that we will visit tomorrow. 

There is a nearby place just off the street that makes good Banh Mi. It is also quite cheap, some 15.000 VND.

This is a Banh Mi street stall. It is a baguette sandwich filled with meat, eggs and vegetables; all toppled with some sweet soy sauce and chili sauce!

This is a Banh Mi street stall. It is a baguette sandwich filled with meat, eggs and vegetables; all toppled with some sweet soy sauce and chili sauce!

Inside, we got our first Vietnamese coffee sip in a while. Trust me, it is absolutely phenomenal. Definitely on my top 3 coffee list! This sweet and creamy taste combined with a slight bitterness is just pizzicato!

So good that we actually took two cups of coffee which energized us even further!

Sweet and tasty Vietnamese coffee.

Sweet and tasty Vietnamese coffee.

Relaxing on the rooftop

We returned to our apartment at the evening. The rooftop was an immediate choice for the next few hours.

Saigon slowly going to sleep. Finishing our search for motorbikes in Saigon for today.

Saigon slowly going to sleep. Finishing our search for motorbikes in Saigon for today.

AJ also came around. We just sat there, had an amazing time and a lovely view over the Saigon skyline. Swimming pool is also really nice in this hour. 

Relaxing on the rooftop.

Chill by the pool.

Swimming in the pool.

At one point, me and Lovel went to buy some snacks to the 7/11 store. It was a really long walk. We met a girl called Đurđa halfway through. She comes from Montenegro and lives in Saigon for almost a year and a half. It was a “small world, eh?” moment for sure. She confirmed to us where is the store and we continued on.

After chilling out some more on the rooftop of our accommodation, we decided that it was a high time to go to sleep. We still have to check out other alternatives for bikes tomorrow. After all, there are a lot of motorbikes in Saigon!

To get up to date, check out the previous chapter!

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David G

A curious individual seeking inspiration on a daily basis. Observer who enjoys spending time with people of different backgrounds and expanding his horizons. Getting in the flow whenever he travels or discovers a new place holding knowledge. Connected to nature on a deeper level.

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