Spirit of the sea

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Relaxing moments are easy to come by at this tranquil riverside post within Vietnam's busy southern hub

Located on the Thanh Da Peninsula along Ho Chi Minh City's romantic riverside, the Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area boasts a miniature fishing village within the busy city where couples and families enjoy weekend gatherings.

The area is among the most popular tourist destinations in the southern Vietnam thanks to its scenic atmosphere of the river, green lawns, lily ponds and coconut trees.

Binh Quoi 2's offers specialized services for entertainment, sports, quaint bungalows and first class restaurants, which attract locals and foreigners eager to temporarily escape their busy lives wandering on well kept lawns, taking photos, enjoying quiet moments and eating elegant meals.

The tourist village cuisine features a host of delicacies from northern, central and southern Vietnam.

The "Tasty Dishes of the Sea" buffet, which is available only on weekends, is exceedingly popular among tourists. The chefs follow the time honored recipes from the fishing villages of Vietnam's central coast to prepare squid, prawns, fish, crab, flower crab and snails.

The buffet includes seafood soup, green papaya salad with shrimp, kohlrabi salad, grilled ark shell with green onion oil, ark shell with hot and sour sauce, sea snails stir-fried in coconut milk and apple snails grilled with pepper.

For dessert, the buffet has sweet soup with coconut milk or agar-agar Jelly and pomegranate seeds, taro, cassava, green bean and sweet potato, sweet green bean soup and fresh fruit.

In addition to all the great food, customers rave about the restaurant's relaxing ambiance, rural and peaceful, decorated with fishnets, fishing rods and boats.

Customers can also enjoy the sumptuous buffet outdoors amid the cool breezes coming off the Saigon River or even have their meal onboard a tourist boat floating on the water.

The Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area also features tennis courts, a swimming pool, as well as concerts featuring traditional folk music and other entertainment.

The buffet costs VND210,000 adults and VND120,000 for children under 1.2 meters tall.

To enjoy the flavors of seafood delicacies and begin accumulating your own warm memories, visit Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area at the end of Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

For more information, call (08) 3 556 5470.

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