Vietnam

  •  Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon

If you have noticed, there are far, far more motorcycles and bikes than cars here. In saying so, it is very rare to find any car parking spaces around, if not underground. People usually park their bikes all over the street (mostly in a uniform manner). Motorbikes are far more practical for these people with narrow roads, a dense population & for those who simply cannot afford any other form of transportation.

Through my experience, I noticed that these people hardly ever like to brake & wait (you may to refer to the 2nd top picture for proof). Even after the traffic light has turned bright red, you would see many people still driving through for almost 30 seconds. & when the light turns bright green, you can practically feel the rush of the people driving off each time. Now, imagine this at road junctions where drivers don’t stop and keep on moving in all directions regardless of red traffic light or innocent bystanders trying to cross the road. It’s madness!

In saying so, you have to believe me when I tell you, these people are masters of swerving around people and other vehicles without having to brake much. Anyone who visits Vietnam should definitely try out the “tourist experience” by walking to the other side of a busy road via Zebra Crossing. You don’t have to worry, the roads are always busy with nobody paying much attention to the red light and all.

The rules are:

  1. Don’t run.
  2. Don’t sprint.
  3. Walk with confidence (without change in any speed).

This will enable the drivers to predict your movements better and reduce your chances of getting hit. I’ve tried it myself multiple times, and it definitely is worth a try if you have as much confidence in their driving and swerving skills as I do. You will most likely experience vehicles missing you by several inches at full speed. It’s awesome!

When there aren't enough seats...
When there aren’t enough seats…

Below are just some of the landmarks I wanted to touch on and some shots of the merchandise that were being sold there. Please excuse some of the few pictures, as I took them in a moving taxi cab 🙂

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I very much admire how Vietnam strives to keep greenery for people to unwind by building parks in the middle of their busy city.

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market2 market3 This market opens from 6am to 6pm. After 6 pm, the shops in the building closes and the instead, stalls are opened outside, surrounding the building, becoming a night market until midnight. Shots of the process will be in the next post. Stay tuned! cards

Some of the things you can expect to see them selling there.
Some of the things you can expect to see them selling there.
It was windy when I took this shot, so all the little clothes are blown to one corner!
It was windy when I took this shot, so all the little clothes are blown to one corner!

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  • NIGHT Scenes

Here are a couple of after dark photos I took walking around Ho Chi Minh City. Kind of like a  Photo Diary. Hope you enjoy! ImageImage

Getting ready to set up the night market!
Getting ready to set up the night market!

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We got pretty thirsty walking around (even at night, it's really warm!), so we stopped to order some coconut juice to take a break & cool off!
We got pretty thirsty walking around (even at night, it’s really warm!), so we stopped to order some coconut juice to take a break & cool off!

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  • BBQ Night

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The surrounding ambience!
The surrounding ambience!

Welcome to my budgeted Vietnamese BBQ experience! It’s a pretty short post, mainly because my travel gang and I decided to try it out around after midnight just for the experience, & at the same time I got a lot of stares for taking pictures. Ahahaha. I actually had a waiter come up to me and ask if I aspired to be a photographer one day, just after taking 2 shots! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the post!

It's a budgeted BBQ joint. Almost every table has a gaping hole/ is burnt through from the hot pot!
It’s a budgeted BBQ joint. Almost every table has a gaping hole/ is burnt through from the hot pot!
I can't even tell which part of the pig was used in this. Hahaha
I can’t even tell which part of the pig was used in this. Hahahabbq1
Pretty simple BBQ. Though, if you're not careful, the oil that drips down into the fire tends to cause the hot ashes to fall on your lap and the smoke irritates your eyes (even though there is a high ceiling).
Pretty simple BBQ. Though, if you’re not careful, the oil that drips down into the fire tends to cause the hot ashes to fall on your lap and the smoke irritates your eyes (even though there is a high ceiling).
I'm not sure what to call it exactly, but it is basically their standard sauce to go with your barbequed meat. At the same time, it's not your standard barbeque sauce. The closest resemblance I can think of , is the mint people usually use to eat with taandori chicken in mamak restaurants (Malaysian reference). It's really really yummy! I couldn't get enough of it.
I’m not sure what to call it exactly, but it is basically their standard sauce to go with your barbecued meat. At the same time, it’s not your standard barbecue sauce. The closest resemblance I can think of , is the mint people usually use to eat with taandori chicken in mamak restaurants (Malaysian reference). It’s really, really yummy! I couldn’t get enough of it.
Their local beer from Saigon. In Vietnam, alcohol is cheaper than water, so you can expect Vietnamese to have a generally high alcohol tolerance level. Their local beer is much sweeter than regular beer.
Their local beer from Saigon. In Vietnam, alcohol is cheaper than water, so you can expect Vietnamese to have a generally high alcohol tolerance level.
Their local beer is much sweeter than regular beer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! Really appreciate it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! Really appreciate it!

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  • The last 2 hours
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Recycling & Reusing – Collecting cardboard boxes from stores.
A wedding shoot? (:
A wedding shoot? (:
The Opera House
The Opera House.

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The tourist experiencing his "tourist experience" x)
A tourist experiencing his “tourist experience” x)

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It's cooler to eat, sit & hang out outside.
It’s cooler to eat, sit & hang out outside.

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There was a cycling competition that morning.
There was a cycling competition that morning.

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A motorcyclist wearing a cap with straps. A pretty convincing helmet! HAHAH!
A motorcyclist wearing a cap with straps. A pretty convincing helmet! HAHAH!

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