Saigon has had its fair share of foreign invaders, but nothing like the Three Sheets invasion! While in the capital city, Zane gets his hands on some fresh beer and goes on a search for a party that is worthy of his score. His journey takes him to a few places on the map and a few off it as well. In between icy mugs, he manages to drink some wine with a dead snake in it and play with a severed chicken head. Will Zane find a party worth breaking out the fresh beer? Find out when Zane goes Three Sheets to Saigon.
With a population of over 5 million people, Saigon is one of the densest urban areas in the world. Unlike other cities in Vietnam, Saigon has a very active nightlife with music halls playing to sold-out local crowds and bars staying open late into the night. All that excitement can get a person quite thirsty, and Saigon can help in that department as well. There are virtually no restrictions limiting when or where you can buy or consume drinks. You gotta love the smell of beer in the morning! Smells like victory.
Where We Went
- Nhaan – There’s nothing better than fresh beer and every morning in Saigon, you can head to one of the shops that sells “Bia Hoi” or “fresh beer” and either enjoy some there, or take it to go. Locals call it “morning beer” because it’s best when it’s fresh from the brewery and because there are no preservatives, it should be consumed within the day. Only costing about $1.30 for a gallon, it’s quite an affordable treat.
- Lau De Truong Dinh — Meaning The Broiled Goat Restaurant, here you will find a typical Vietnamese dining experience. Meat, like goat udder, is served raw and you cook it over a fire at your table. Try the Bia Saigon Special Beer which is served at room temperature with a cup of ice.
- Ruou Ran Shop — With the literal translation of “Snake Wine,” Ruou Ran shops contain all sorts of interesting libations. From snakes, to lizards, to geckos, each of these are drowned in a base liquid of distilled rice fermentation. It might be gross, but they say it’s good for your kidneys and your sex life.
- Vuon Bia Bar – Stop in here for a little Saigon nightlife. Here young people gather to eat ant drink. Try the Saigon Export Beer or Vietnam Vodka mixed with orange soda. And if you’ve got some Bia Hoi leftover, bring it along and share with friends.
Saigon Fun Facts
- Although the locals still call it Saigon, the name of the city was officially changed to Ho Chi Minh City in 1975.
- Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transportation. Within city limits, there are 6 times more motorcycles than cars.
- Written language doesn’t use Chinese style script. It uses the Roman alphabet.
- Buddhism is the principal religion but there are also sizeable Taoist, Confucian, Muslim and Christian minorities.
- Vietnam is one of the newest members of the World Trade Organization (They joined January 11, 2007).
- Vietnamese vodka is made from fermented rice and is only 29.5% ABV and therefore cannot be called vodka in Europe because it must be at least 37.5% ABV.
- Motorbikes are the preferred transportation in Saigon and there are 6 times more motorbikes than cars.
- Một hai ba, yo” which means “one, two, three, yo” is how the Vietnamese say “cheers.”
Drinking Game: Chicken Head
How to Toast in Saigon
“Mot Hai Ba Yo!” Which roughly translates to “One, Two, Three, Cheers!”
Most people east Pho, a noodle soup, though Zane recommends a Saigon Haircut which comes with an awesome massage.
Please Sir, I Want Some More
Learn more about traveling to Saigon here.