I think I recovered enough from previous food poisoning now. So now I’m heading to the market hunting for food again. In Vietnam the best food is always on the street in my opinion. Just to look for the colorful children sized plastic chairs on the street and you’ll find food.
Went to Binh Tay market, it’s a wholesale market but you also a find food court like any other market!
The building is lovely, built by the French I think. It’s located in HCMC’s biggest China town, does that make it look somehow a bit Chinese? Haha
There is a shrine in the backyard of the market.
Because it’s a wholesale market, most of the items are sold in big batches, I wanted to buy some colorful plastic hair pin, but I have to buy 50 of them, maybe you can negotiate with them to buy one or two but I failed 🙁
Still enjoyed the market, has a nice food court where you can find noodle soup and fresh juice.
Train is probably the most popular ways of transportation in Vietnam. The country has a north-to-south distance of more than 1600 km. If you want to see the whole country, train ride is probably inevitable. Train lover myself, I take trains everywhere in the world, in Vietnam as well of course.
The train is not so fast, it took 8 hours from Nha Trang to Saigon, but I like travelling slowly. If I have more time in Vietnam probably I’ll break the trip from Hanoi to Saigon (which is more than 30 hours) into more stops, not just Nha Trang.
Ga means station, something to do with the French “gare”?
Nha Trang station is so small, there’s not even a café inside, luckily a book shop is just next door and the café inside the bookshop has a great view of the station. I think Vietnam looks great in picture.
I took the second class, costs somewhere between 15-20 euro. It was less busy after a few stops and not bad at all!
Some shots during the train ride.
Greetings from Saigon!
Already been travelling for a while in VietNam, finally today I tried grab bike, for the first time.
If you’ve been to VietNam, probably you know what I’m talking about, GRAB is a magic super app, you can grab a car, a motorbike, food and other stuff, like uber or uber eats.
I’ve been using it to get a car ride in Nha Trang and Ha Noi most of the time because I’m scared to walk around in such traffic (although I normally like to walk around the city instead if taking taxis).
Actually grab (motor)bike is really popular, you see all these who wear grab t-shirts waiting for customers. Out of curiocity, I decided to give it a try. You have to find a driver and connect with him with the code shown in his phone. It turned out cheaper than grab a car, I’m still a bit scared in such traffic but I survived. I guess it’s rather safe especially when you are used to crazy traffic, you drive more carefully (hopefully).
I think it was a great and interesting experience, so I took a selfie to memorise it!