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Enjoying National Day specialities 

National Day this year falls on Saturday, therefore most people will have a day off on Monday making a three-day break free from work for most laborers so they can relax and go somewhere different for entertainment for a nice change
Enjoying National Day specialiti

Enjoying National Day specialities 

Tourists enjoying dishes at Binh Quoi II in HCMC (photo: Courtesy of saigontourist)

National Day this year falls on Saturday, therefore most people will have a day off on Monday making a three-day break free from work for most laborers so they can relax and go somewhere different for entertainment for a nice change. So, the hotels and entertainment parks are gearing up for the holidays with numerous activities, especially food orientated programs to please HCMC�s gastronaughts during the weekend. And here are just a few:


Majestic Hotel: Situated on the ground floor, the Cyclo Caf� is offering a food program called �Specialties of Three Regions,� which costs US$25 per person including a drink. The program, which will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. over the holiday is designed to show traditional skills, with a folk band, dancing and various other such performances. Bellevue Bar, on the eighth floor of the Majestic, is also running a food program starting from 8 p.m. this Saturday that will be highlighting seafood dishes costing UD$35 per person including drinks to the sound of piano and violins. Meanwhile the Serenade Restaurant down on the seventh floor will be celebrating a program named �Candle Glistering in the Night� with a Western menu from 7 p.m. this Saturday starting from US$25 per person. The hotel, at 1 Dong Khoi Street, Dist.1, can be contacted on 829 5514.


Bong Sen Hotel: The hotel�s Mangostine restaurant is preparing for a buffet themed �Specialties in September� to highlight traditional northern dishes comprising spring rolls, carp & sweet soup prepared with lotus seeds, a typical tasty northern delicousy. Besides, the hotel�s chefs will also be close on hand to help customers prepare dishes for family and friends. The buffet costs VND180,000 for adults and VND90,000 for children including free sugar cane juice, local champagne or kiddies� gifts. Bong Sen Hotel is at 117-123 Dong Khoi Street, Dist.1. Tel: 829 1516.


Binh Quoi Tourist Villages I & II: The two smashing tourist villages will be preparing their �Southern Rural� landscapes so as to ensure a warm welcome for guests during the holidays.


As usual, Binh Quoi I will be introducing a magical buffet program twice a day at noon and in the early evening at about 5 p.m. that will highlighting some 70 special southern dishes, so is highly recommended as a cool spot by the river. What�s more, there are also tons of games for the kiddies and boat excursions. The awesome buffet only costs VND99,000 per adult and VND69,000 per child, with a 5% discount if you book in advance.


Meanwhile, just down the road at the sister Binh Quoi II, the same management are busy arranging a 70 dish week-long gastronomic carnival of nautical specialties comprising fish and crab as well as pork. Besides, there will also be folk games and a lucky draw. Best off to get there early at noon, as the Latino Eyes Band will be performing on stage followed by a southern opera performance on boats that will float by on the Saigon River. And the whole buffet with extras only costs VND99,000 per adult and VND69,000 per child.


Binh Quoi I is at 1147 Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh Dist (556 5891) and Binh Quoi II is at the end of the street (556 6021).


Tan Cang Resort: The resort is busily trying to attract Saigonese gastronaughts with its �Riverside Buffet� food program that features some 50 different kinds of Vietnamese grilled dishes including duck and, gorgeous beef with cheese. The buffet starts at 5:30 p.m and costs from VND99,000 to VND69,000 for adults and children respectively and so is well worth a visit, just down the road from the Saigon Bridge at A100 Ung Van Khiem St., Ward 25, Binh Thanh (899 1120).


Bat Dat Hotel: If you love Chinese food you now know where to go. This gastronomic ghetto is buried in deepest District 5 where all the coolist Chinese culinary critters hang out, enjoying buffets with some 50 dishes whilst paying only VND90,000 per adult and VND50,000 per child. The buffet starts from today until Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hotel is at 238 Tran Hung Dao St., Dist.5, Tel: 857 8252.


Thien Bong Hotel: If you are a vegetarian then shake what�s left of your body down to the Thien Bong Hotel for a Vegy Feasty with, unbelievably, some 50 dishes from only VND60,000 per adult or VND40,000 per child. This anorexics oratory orgasm starts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and the hotel is at 52 Tan Da St., Dist.5, Tel: 855 3472.


Yasaka Saigon NhaTrang Hotel: If you are lucky enough to be able to spend the festive weekend on the super seaside at Nha Trang, why not shake your body down to the Yasaka at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday where you can take in the super cool gastronomic-garden-barbecue-buffet that will be offering a huge variety of wholesome, healthy fishy dishes including live grilled fishes; a veritable dictionary of sea based denizens. And besides, diners will also have the chance to see and sample a Cocktail-Show as part of the exotic, intoxicating food program. The buffets cost VND150,000 per adult and VND100,000 per child. The hotel is at 18 Tran Phu St., Nha Trang City. Tel: 058 820 090.


Saigon-Can Tho Hotel: deep down south, SaigonTourist�s magical Mekong Mecca of food is preparing a buffet from 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, with some tons of serpentine servants for your culinary enjoyment, plus cooking training courses so you can fry the fritters yourself! The buffet costs VND69,000 per adult and VND49,000 per child, including a cup of wine and soft drink. The hotel is at 55 Phan Dinh Phung St., Can Tho City. Tel: 071 825 831.

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