13 October 2010

HO CHI MINH ESCAPADE- DAY 1 (BEN THANH MARKET)

After an enjoyable lunch, we find our way to Ben Thanh Market which is about 10-15 mins walk from our hotel. But it took us an hour to reach this place after so much hassles of going through terrible traffic jam, looking at the map and asking direction from the local who can't communicate in English. Luckily, along our way, we hopped into a travel agency and managed to get them to show us the location.

For your info, majority of the locals ride motorbikes and also cars on the road. We were terrified with these vehicles which comes from all directions eventhough when the traffic light is red. Most of the time (day & night) , we got caught in the middle of the road surrounded by motorbikes/cars and noisy horns which is very dangerous but rest assure the driver knows when to stop and let you walk passed.

The biggest & popular market in Ho Chi Minh, District 1

We were stunned and speechless upon entering the market. It was so huge and there were lots of traders selling handicrafts, souveniers, textiles, local cuisines and etc.

Assorted designs of Vietnamese Traditional Clothing /'Au Tho Than' for female


colorful paintings and t-shirts

textiles/fabrics


fashionable shoes

assorted snacks
pickled fish jelly, soft crabs, salted vegetables and etc

variety of dried tea leaves & coffee


different grade of rice & beans

female accessories

food stalls

There were too many stalls selling the same item in the market which we did not visit all. Feeling tired, we quenched our thirst with a glass of ice cendol, 1 whole coconut water and sourplum juice which was indeed refreshing.

drinks & dessert stall




My glass of Ice Cendol (VND30,000)
Irresistible!
fresh coconut milk, red beans, cream corn, cendol, jelly and etc

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