World’s Best Wonton

An extreme statement, I know, but I have yet to find better. For about $3, diners at this mid-range District 1 restaurant owned by a famous Vietnamese singer can enjoy an amazing bowl of wonton soup — your choice of beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp — garnished with lettuce, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and chili peppers. Simple, light, and delicious.

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Scene From Above

Saigon’s backpacker row (aka Bui Vien), as seen from one of District 1’s cheapest rooftop bars, The View. In general, unless you’re just traveling through, this section of Saigon is best avoided — unless you enjoy mixing it up with clueless tourists, shabby backpackers, sketchy locals, and smarmy old men dragging reluctant “sexy girls” back to the nearest cheap hotel. But if people watching is your thing: my friend, you’ve found your Mecca.