In this new TripVlogger series, SPESUS travels through Southeast Asia and brings us portraits of three major cities: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Bangkok in Thailand. Explore the neighborhoods, visit bustling and lively markets, sample incredible food, and try the local transportation, from ferries in the canals to tuk-tuks in the streets. You’ll feel like you are there.
A city that has reinvented itself many times, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or Saigon, as it is still known locally, is not only a beautiful city but one with a sense of destiny. The largest city in Vietnam and former capital of the ill-fated Republic of South Vietnam, it is a communist in name, capitalist in practice, buzzing centre city that does not disappoint.
Of course, there’s lots of great food in HCMC (or Saigon as it is still known locally). On assignment with Tripfilms, we’ll take you to some of the places that we like to eat when we’re in town. Addresses are included and all the establishments are all highly recommended.
Built in the last century by French colonialists, this art-deco masterpiece will be visited by you, if you, by chance, find yourself in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh.
Riverfront and Old French Quarter in Phnom Penh is where the revival of this once proud but scarred city can be found. There is a lot more to this city than just its violent past. Peel the layers of this onion of a city. There’s more to it than you think.
Phnom Penh Street food is pretty amazing. For only a few dollars you can stuff yourself on fast and delicious food. Being wedged between two countries with incredible food traditions (Thailand and Vietnam) has only improved the cuisine of Cambodia. Co-opting both of its neighbors’ famous dishes and putting a Khmer spin on them, the food adds to the variety found on the streets of Phnom Penh.
The largest and most eclectic market in Thailand. It has to be seen to be be believed. Watching the videos is the only way to do the place justice.
Many know of the floating markets, but few know of the canals that are used in the transportation network of Bangkok. On assignment for Tripfilms, we explore this lesser-known mode of transport and how to use it. It’s actually a pretty fun way of transporting yourself through the gridlock of this humid Southeast Asian city.
[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]