It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Saigon is always fun at any time of year, the city never sleeps after all,  but at Christmas, it has extra magic. In the evenings, streets and shop windows are filled with twinkling lights and festive decorations. So if you’re thinking of visiting Saigon this Christmas, we have some recommendations for you.

1. Notre Dame Cathedral 

Speaking about Christmas is speaking about churches, of course, the Notre Dame Cathedral is the first on the list. During any festive season the area surrounding the church is always decorated beautifully. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of locals and visitors flock here, whether Catholic or not, if coming to Ho Chi Minh City this occasion, you must visit the Cathedral.

2. Nguyen Hue Walking Street

The crowds of locals that gather each night to walk, socialize, sing, dance and skateboard etc. This unique vibrant atmosphere is Saigon’s speciality, no doubt about it. Nguyen Hue Street is the center of the most magnificent events of the city, so on New Year’s Eve, you can come and count down to amazing fireworks!

3. Vincom Dong Khoi

In front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Vincom Dong Khoi is one of the most famous shopping centers in Saigon. And since there’s nothing like Christmas sales, this is the place to visit if you’re gift hunting.

4. Festive Foods

Saigon’s food scene doesn’t disappoint when it comes to seasonal delicacies from all around the world. From fully Christmas themed fancy buffets in M Gallery to local cafes whipping up serious Christmas goodies, we guarantee the city will not disappoint.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral, Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Vincom Dong Khoi are just 15 minutes or less walking from Meander Saigon Hostel.

 

B O O K   N O W

Email: Saigon@staymeander.com

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Stylish Bunk Beds You Can’t Miss

Meander Saigon’s slogan is “Create a lifestyle hub with WOW factor. Always.” Why do we said that? Because we are here to define hostelism.
Forward thinking, we are not only recognizing the practicality of bunk beds for cost saving efficiency for solo and group travelers but also understand the nostalgia that bunk beds can bring. We are here to bring out the best of it. Those collage days with your friends or family trips where you shared the bunk beds, all of that can be recreated but in a stylish and chic way.

Our beds are designed to have blackout curtains all around to ensure you privacy, your personal light switch, universal socket, personal locker, easy steps system so even the pickiest of sleepers will be saying, “I claim top bunk!”.

Our design redefines the image of the typical hostel bunk beds, instead, it combines the best of both worlds, where affordable meets luxury.

Our beds are designed to have blackout curtains all around to ensure you privacy, your personal light switch, universal socket, personal locker, easy steps system so even the pickiest of sleepers will be saying, “I claim top bunk!”.

Our design redefines the image of the typical hostel bunk beds, instead, it combines the best of both worlds, where affordable meets luxury.

You can book with us now!

 

Pay less, stay longer

Long-term stays from 30 days, starting at 6,300,000 VND

Whether you are looking for an accommodation for that new exciting job, project, internship, or a new adventure, Meander can be your worry free answer.  Life is constantly changing and so you never know where it will take you, and finding the right place to build your nest is almost always a challenge. Meander is the answer for anyone looking for comfortable and cost-effective solutions. In our space you can opt for a dorm or an ensuite private room, in which both are well designed to make the best for our guests.

Benefits that will save you stress and headaches:

  • Easy express booking instead of time-consuming applications
  • All bills inclusive in the price, no surprises guaranteed
  • Highly flexible contract, voiding complicated notice periods
  • Hotel services we all love such as weekly room cleaning, bedding change, fresh towels, one 7kg complimentary laundry service per week
  • Free Wifi, fully equipped kitchen, hot and cold water dispenser available on every floor, free parking, lounge area
  • In house Coworking Space

Our new built has a minimalistic design that can be a canvas for your decor style. Check out some of our ideas which we thought brought a sweet cozy vibe.

Sounds good? Just drop us a mail or a call – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible and find you the perfect offer.

Email: Saigon@staymeander.com

Call us: 028 3535 0022

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The Slide

Khá lâu cho mùa giãn cách do tình hình dịch bệnh phức tạp. Nhớ lắm những ngày nhộn nhịp của nơi này, vì tôi là tất cả tuổi thơ của tụi con nít và cả các bạn trẻ đã dần lớn theo thời gian. Tôi là chiếc cầu trượt vui nhộn, cứ ngồi lên tôi và trượt xuống đảm bảo các bạn sẽ thích thú. Kích cỡ tôi không bình thường :)) vì Tôi được sáng tạo dành cho người lớn. Ai nhìn thấy Tôi cũng sẽ trầm trồ như được quay lại tuổi thơTôi luôn ở Meander, hẹn các Bạn một ngày gặp lại. Chúng ta lại vui đùa!    

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It’s been a while since we got to roam around the beautiful streets of Saigon. I remember the bustling days of the city. I’m the Fun Slide, that brings happiness to the children and adults whose childhood days may have “slipped” back to their memories as they sat on me. I’m staying at Meander Saigon, and hope to see you here! 

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Lôcô Market

Lôcô Market is without a doubt one of our most memorable events! 40 unique local vendors came together and brought the local community together and created an unforgettable atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Unlike any other fairs in Saigon, LÔCÔ ART MARKET focused on showcasing the creative community’s favorite makers and brands – the ones shaping the market scene in art, fashion, designed goods.

The 3-day-weekend market was a great success, delivering a new and exciting shopping experience for both vendors and participants. Taking up all floors of the venue, exhibitions were spread out from the ground floor patio through the dorm room to our private suites, where patrons had a chance to check out fascinating pop-up in each room. We loved how our space turned and and hope to be a part of more events like this!

If you’d like to rent our venue, please contact us through saigon@staymeander.com

Photo Credit: Lôcô Market

Du Bút – Buổi ra mắt sách Thị Trấn Hoa Mười Giờ

Trở về những ngày của tuổi thơ, truyện tranh là thứ mà con nít thời đó mê say. Mùi thơm của những trang truyện vội lật để chỉ xem được tất cả các hình bên trong, mặc dù chưa đọc đến chữ.

Du Bút là một công ty sách độc lâp tại Việt Nam đã góp phần đưa nhiều tác phẩm của các tác giả, hoạ sĩ Việt Nam triển vọng đến với người đọc. Với quyết tâm mangmột làn gió mới đến ngành xuất bản và văn hoá đọc của người Việt, Du Bút đã thực hiện nhiều dự án táo bạo như 

  • một tựa sách về nghệ thuật xếp giấy đầu tiên do nghệ sĩ Việt Nam thực hiện, 
  • một video stop motion đầu tiên để quảng bá sách, 
  • tập thơ minh họa được in ấn theo tiêu chuẩn quốc tế, 
  • cuốn sách tranh về kiến thức nhập môn cho những ai mê trinh thám, 
  • cuốn sách đầu tiên kết hợp sáng tạo với công nghệ AR… 

Và gần đây nhất là triển lãm tái hiện thế giới trong truyện Thị trấn Hoa Mười Giờ, một triển lãm về truyện tranh lần đầu tiên có mặt tại Việt Nam.

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Back to the childhood days, comic books were was the greatest thing a child can wish for.  The fascinating stories got us wanting to more and more, sometimes without having to read a word. 

Du Bút is an independent book company in Vietnam that has contributed to bringing many works of promising local authors and artists to readers. With the determination to bring a new wind to the publishing industry and the Vietnamese reading culture, Du Bút has carried out many daring projects such as: 

  • the first book on paper-folding by a Vietnamese artist, 
  • the first stop motion video to promote the book, 
  • the illustrated poem book printed to international standards, 
  • the picture book on introductory knowledge for those who love detective, 
  • the first book to combine creativity with AR technology … 

And most recently the exhibition re-enacting the world in the story of Hoa Muoi Gio Town, an exhibition about manga that first appeared in Vietnam.

Photo: DU BÚT

7 Food Spots Approved by Saigon Locals

Whether you are tourist first time exploring the city or a local Saigonese, there are the treats that cannot be missed! Psst, it’s the real deal when it is approved by locals!

Vietnam’s cooking style can divided into 3 distinct sections: Northern, Central, and the Southern. Each region differs in the main ingredients and flavors, but the use of some traditional spices like fish sauce, shrimp paste and of course rice and by-products of rice makes them somewhat similar. We made sure our list includes dishes from different regions for you to explore!

The complexity of flavours in every dish really brings out the rich food culture that Vietnam has to offers. These dishes have been perfected over decades or even hundreds of years so we can confidently say they are the essence of this country.

Meanwhile some dishes such as Pho or Banh Mi have made their name across the world, our list dives in to a whole lot more dishes that are a MUST TRY.

Here is the list and pinned map showing the location of where you can find each food:

𝟏. 𝐁á𝐧𝐡 𝐌ì 𝐁ả𝐲 𝐇ổ (19 Huỳnh Khương Ninh, Q1) – Buffet of flavours sandwich
𝟐. 𝐁ú𝐧 𝐌ộ𝐜 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐢 (14 Trương Định, Q1) – Pork and Mushroom Noodles
𝟑. 𝐁ú𝐧 𝐑𝐢ê𝐮 𝐆á𝐧𝐡 (4 Đường Phan Bội Châu, Q1) – Crab Soup
𝟒. 𝐁á𝐧𝐡 𝐂𝐮ố𝐧 𝐇ả𝐢 𝐍𝐚𝐦 (11A Cao Thắng, Q3) – Steamed Rice Sheets with filling
𝟓. 𝐏𝐡ở 𝐊𝐡ô 𝐆𝐢𝐚 𝐋𝐚𝐢 (92 Phan Xích Long, Binh Thanh) – Dried Pho
𝟔. 𝐁á𝐧𝐡 𝐗è𝐨 𝟒𝟔𝐀 (46 Đinh Công Tráng, Q1) – Vietnamese Pancakes
𝟕. 𝐂𝐡á𝐨 𝐕ị𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐡 Đ𝐚 (148 Trần Bình Trọng, Q5) – Better not Duck away from this Porridge

Saigon Talk Salon

Saigon Talk Salon’s members gồm các thành viên đến từ Đài Loan, đến với một đất nước mới thật không
dễ dàng. Và họ là nhưng người trẻ nhiệt huyết, gặp gỡ và chia sẻ với nhau về văn hóa cũng như các hoạt
động trong cộng đồng, hỗ trợ cộng đồng của mình về các trải nghiệm mới mẻ ở đất nước Việt Nam này.
Cùng ngôn ngữ nên họ có thể dễ dàng chia sẻ với nhau hơn. Meander vinh dự là nơi để các bạn thành
viên của Saigon Talk Salon gặp nhau mỗi tháng, nơi đây nhưng trải nghiệm về Việt Nam bắt đầu được
chia sẻ.

Moving to a new country might not be easy. That’s why having a community that shares the same
culture and speaks the same language as you do is just a wonderful thing. With that in mind, Meander
Saigon is beyond honored to be the platform hosting monthly meetups for Saigon Talk Salon’s members.
Here is where stories about experiences in Vietnam are to be shared and hence good times are to be
had as a result.

 

Photo Credit: Mervin
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