Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ben Thanh Market - Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)

Within 20 minutes of walking from Liberty Central Hotel, I arrived at this famous for all sort of things market while passing by rows and rows of shops lined on both sides of the street. Since I had just arrived at Ho Chi Minh city and that I was alone, I didn't dare venture further except round and round between the tight narrow lanes in this market, though shopping was not really on my mind. Having travelled quite widely to other countries as well, I have given up on the temptation of simply buying things and then don't know what to do with them. Still, I kept my options open just in case I notice something nice.  

Pretty much like the markets in Malaysia,  you name it, you can buy the local produce and bargaining I was told by the guide is a must.

For a moment or two, I stopped in front of the stall selling slippers and at that juncture, the sweet young thing trader wouldn't let me go. She persisted, I felt sorry for her, we spoke and she sure spoke smothering English. Between the couple of designs, I opted for two and I bargained. In the end, we agreed at RM60.00 for two pairs and as by now we became friends, a photo was a must.  

That was fun but not at the food stall as I wanted to get something to nibble. Almost turning to a ugly scene because I couldn't decided, the trader seemed very angry. Instead of standing around, I quickly walked back to the hotel. 
Up next: Golden dragon water puppet. 

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  1. Looks like you had fun time in vietnam. Love the hand made slippers.

  2. OOhh...looking forward for more on Vietnam posts.

  3. I heard a lot of bad comment on Vietnam and it's people,$$$ wise.


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