There’s a bit of peaceful tropical paradise smack-dab in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City where one can easily escape the noise and congestion of the city.
Complete with a bamboo forest (more or less), waterfalls (or was it a powerful water pump?), wooden monkey bridges (Disney-style), and a complex series of stone trails winding through the tropical setting. Very lovely indeed (just suspend a bit of reality and enjoy this tropical oasis.)
Hai has been coming to Thuy Truc on occasion since his early high school days to relax, beat Saigon’s heat and enjoy a cà phê sữa đá (iced Vietnamese coffee with milk).
Sometime ago, he introduced me to his childhood hangout when I suggested one evening that we find a nice gardened cafe with twinkle lights and good coffee. Of course, there are quite a number of Saigon coffee shops that fit that bill. But Hai assured me that Thuy Truc would be a particularly pleasant place to enjoy the evening.
And indeed he was correct.
The vast tropical complex surrounded a large central pond, complete with jumping fish and spouting water features. Grab a table pond-side and lounge in a comfortable chair. During a hot afternoon, enjoy the shade of the palm and bamboo forest. At night, be dazzled by an array of twinkling lights high in the tropical trees and reflecting in the lake. A very pleasant place to pass the lazy hours.
The Vietnamese coffee is very good here, the trà đá (ice tea) is bottomless, and there’s a fair amount of privacy as tables are dispersed among and separated by the lush vegetation.
One Yum for the decent coffee, and another for the shade, twinkle lights and fish pond yields Thuy Truc cafe a YUM YUM on Eating Saigon’s Yum Meter.
Dinh Bo Linh Street at intersection with Chu Van An Street
Binh Thanh District
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