For our last evening in Ho Chi Minh, we were invited on-board the Bonsai Legacy Cruise with the promise of a delicious dinner and two hours of immersive entertainment, showcasing local culture and arts.
We donned our cleanest, least-wrinkled outfits and headed to the meeting point for 7pm sharp.
As the band began to play, we set sail, drifting out and getting a wide view of the twinkling city lights.
Dinner was in the form of an East meets West interactive buffet.
The best buffet you’ve ever laid eyes on, basically.
There was freshly made sushi, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, zingy noodle salads with punchy flavours of ginger, lime and soy sauce…
…for meat eaters there was an abundance of skewered and marinaded meats, ready to be flame grilled or tossed in a wok with crunchy veggies.
Little crunchy golden parcels of tofu and bean sprouts.
Soft dumplings, filled with finely diced vegetables, with a sweet and spicy chili sauce to dip.
For the traditionalists, roast pork with crisp baked new potatoes and apple sauce.
Sizzling pots of curries and slow cooked stews from all around the world were ready to be dished up with fluffy rice, or crusty bread for dipping.
Everything looked SO good, it was hard to choose.
So I didn’t. I had a little bit of everything that took my fancy. Ahh the beauty of a buffet.
For my main course, I eventually opted for freshly wok-fried glass noodles, with greens and tofu, in an oyster sauce, which I topped with fresh chillies, crushed peanuts and crispy onions.
As we perused the buffet, ate and went back for seconds and thirds, the band played on, crooning old classics with a contemporary, upbeat rhythm.
Traditional musical instruments were demonstrated (mainly for the kids to have a go).
We really enjoyed watching the sweet dance group in traditional costumes performing.
Fresh pineapple, dragon fruit, melon and passionfruit was prepared for dessert. Alongside little miniature pots of raspberry cheesecake, tiramisu and panna cotta, I’m not embarrassed to say the fruit didn’t get a look in.
I headed straight for the bitesize little slices of banana cake, walnut cake and vanilla sponge cake which were topped with buttercream and edible pearls.
I was regretfully too full to pay a visit to the cheese board, but it looked excellent.
The Bonsai Cruise is a perfect evening’s entertainment for families, and a fun thing to do as a couple or with a group of friends. It’s two hours long and all the details can be found here.
We cruised back to the city and dashed off to catch the end of the Vietnam V Malaysia football match. The streets were dead and every bar packed out with silent audiences staring at the TV. It was so strange to drive through HCMC with practically no other traffic to contend with!
Big thanks to Bonsai for hosting us.
Our cruise was complimentary but my opinion is my own.