The district of Cholon in Ho Chi Minh is Saigons
China town, evident by the fact that the shops, market
stalls and restaurants are red, a colour that signifies good
luck in the Chinese tradition. Cholon is well known for the
Bin Tai market - the citys most colourful, vibrant and
lively daily market.
Here you can experience a more hectic and varied shopping
experience than youd find back home. Through the crowds,
shrimp and fish can be smelt and bought in abundance, as can
local fruit, vegetables, rice, noodles and any other food
that you can name in Vietnamese cooking. Different materials
like silk are also on offer and cheap hair accessories if
youre desperate and running low.
For a western traveller the market has unbeatable value.
There are many vendors serving freshly prepared food at any
time of day. Anywhere in Cholon a rhythmic clicking sound
is a live advertisement for breakfast. Summon one of the boys
making the noise and hell bring you the Vietnamese breakfast
- Pho. This is a delicious noodle soup
with greens and either beef, chicken or pork. Its certainly
different from corn flakes, healthier than a greasy spoon
and only costs around $0.15. Reason alone to visit the Bin