Welcome to Vietnam! Meet Joe, in Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnam is becoming an increasingly popular destination with ToursByLocals travellers, and Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) ranks as one of our Top 50 destinations. If you’re heading to the bustling commercial capital of this Asian nation, and looking to spend time with a terrific guide while you’re there, meet Joe!

1. Guide’s name: Good morning from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! My name is Chau Le, but you can address me as Joe.

2. Why I became a guide:
I have been working as local guide in Vietnam since 2002. I love my beautiful country, its history, people and cuisine. I love to share those hidden charms of my country to worldwide travellers. I also love outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, trekking and photographing. I am like a worker-bee trying to find unique honey to offer to those who would have a chance to tour with me. Touring with Joe is experiencing the real Vietnam.

3. What do you love about your city?
In Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) you have a chance to learn so much about Vietnamese history, people, cultures and local cuisine.

4. Top 3 things not to miss when visiting your part of Vietnam:
1. Visit the wholesale market in China Town.
2. Taste Vietnamese coffee and try Pho Beef noodle Soup.
3. Get a motorbike tour around the city.

5. Best place to go for a great photo:
For views over the river, head to the fifth floor of the Majestic Hotel, a historic French colonial-style hotel in the heart of the city.

6. Tell us one local food specialty everyone visiting your city/region should try:
Definitely a bowl of Pho beef noodle soup! I will show you the best places to try this classic Vietnamese meal.

7. Your favourite local places to eat:
Ngon Restaurant and Thuc Café are a couple of my favourites.

8. Best place to celebrate a special occasion:
I suggest trying the Temple Club Restaurant, a downtown restaurant with a classic Saigon feel. [Editor’s note: apparently Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have eaten here!]
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