Time really flies... I left Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) last year, it means one year anniversary in Hong Kong.
There is no need to explain about the differences of the two cities. One is developed and the other one is developing.
Without commenting on the heavy issues, let’s explore the fun things of what these two places have in common and what the differences are... Please note, things written here are based on my personal observation, they are coming from the point of view of a girl who got lost in Saigon last year, and she who is still searching for her identity in Hong Kong.
1. Both cities – Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City - start with “Ho"
|Tram in Wan Chai|
|Halal Saigon in Saigon (left), Halal Dim Sum in Wan Chai Mosque (right)|
9. As Banoffi Cake fans, I appoint myself as Banoffi reviewer… The “Banoffi Banana Pie” in Hong Kong, available at Portobello and Simply Life, is similar to “Banoffi Banana Cake”, available at Jaspas in Ho Chi Minh City. Jaspas also exists in Hong Kong with the same yummy Banoffi Cake-:)
10. Most residents at both cities assume that I am a local...
|After working hour traffic in Hai Ba Trung street, Ho Chi Minh City|
3. Crossing the streets in Hong Kong is pretty much safe. Passerby has the right to cross the street and cars are obliged to wait when it is red. In Ho Chi Minh City, even though the traffic light is red for the cars, they seem hardly stop. It’s so challenging to cross the street.
4. When a taxi driver in Hong Kong says “I know”, they take you to where you want to go … When taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City says “I know, I know”, it is better to watch where he drives - if you don’t want to go around the city…
|Mongkok, HK - it's near the Ladies Market|
6. Big Shopping Malls is everywhere in Hong Kong. There is shopping spot in every inch. Meanwhile in Ho Chi Minh City, big malls can be counted with fingers.
|Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City|
|Pho - Vietnamese thin glass noodle|
10. It is much easier to get Indonesian food in Hong Kong! There are a few shop/restaurant/warung sells Indonesian food/ingredients in Causeway Bay. Unless I went to an Indonesian friend’s house in Ho Chi Minh City, it was hard to get yummy Indonesian food . When I still lived there, the only Indonesian restaurant open was out of business within a year. I heard a new one has just been opened…
|Indonesian food in Causeway Bay|
Anyway, after living in a couple of different places in the last two years, home is where your heart is…
Personally, the biggest difference between Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong is the bike!