Shopping in Saigon...
We are still here in HCMC.. gonna go to the airport soonish and i just wanna do a quick update on the pics that i promised and since this trip was like a shopping trip for me.. the photos that i took were all around the market area and to be able to capture moments of Vietnamese ppl going about their daily affairs is something which i love abt this trip... so enjoy the photos peeps.. I hv to run across the street to get Hairi's baju melayu fm the tailor.. i see u guys back in Singapore!
Bến Thành Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of symbols of Hồ Chí Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine. - Wikipedia
The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Định citadel in 1859. This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon's largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Bến Thành Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.- Wikipedia
The market itself is not as narrow as Chatuchak market in Bangkok but the vendor here is one serious seller... we managed to go thru all aisles and didnt want to stay that long cos that place can get a little crowded..
The aisle that leads me to the vendor that sells baking pans... err well i didnt end up getting lots.. only two flower-like chiffon pans..
Many fruits vendors along the street.. fresh and sweet too!.. u shud see their durian!! HUGE!
I find walking along Bangkok streets is a lot more.. hmmm how shall i say this.. the street is a little cleaner...
Hehe i was chasing behind this woman to get a good pic.. she can walk really fast lol
I noticed that whenever i try to take pic of them.. they will somehow turn their head so that their face will not be in my photos... i can relate to that hehe
Love the Vietnamese Ao Dai.. a decade ago u wud see a lot more women wearing em.. sadly.. not that many anymore..
The shop that both Sonia and I hung out everyday.. we ran there when it started to rain... we ran there when Sonia began to get clingy and whiny after walking thru the market... shop owner is the one on the right and shes the one that gave both Sonia and I a ride back to the hotel on her motorbike... Sonia had a blast of cos and i only realised how dangerous it was when we got to the hotel cos Sonia wasnt wearing any helmet.. ishhhh Rima ... Rimaaaa.. what were u thinking! oh if u wanna get good service and not expensive ready made Ao Dai.. do visit her at 13 Nguyen An Ninh, P.BT, Q.1, Tp.HCM.. shop name is Bao Long. Small little shop 50m from the Ben Thanh market.
The Halal Restaurant that we went to almost everyday for Iftar.. food is good and not that expensive.. well honestly it was a little expensive for our asian standard but a beggar cant be a chooser ey.. food was delish and i wud definitely recommend my fellow Muslim out there to visit their restaurant.. VN Halal Restaurant Muslim Food, 14 Pham Hong Thai, P.Ben Thanh, Q.1, TP.HCM - try their Vietnamese Beef Noodle! Yum!
A trip to somewhere will not be complete without checking out their local coffee... one word.. KAW! hahaha
Night market outside Ben Thanh.. i went there twice.. both times I didnt get to walk properly as both times the weather was not on our side...
Sotong bakar... if only we can get this in Singapore...
Pic taken on the last night of our stay... it rained heavily after that!
Sonia in one of her Ao Dai costume... oh.. I got all my baju kurung fm a shop called Hong Anh Collection.. love their collection.. 110 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., Dist.1, HCMC, Vietnam