Now that I have gotten my political commentary out of the system, on to the city itself. As I mentioned in the previous post – Ho Chi Minh city is mad with scooters. Millions of people scooting around, honking, ducking, weaving and generally jamming up as a group.

Our first stop in Ho Chi Minh was the markets, our opportunity to see the hustle and bustle of the city.

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In this long hall were long butcher tables. We had missed the morning rush where the butchers line up to carve and hand out cuts to the morning shoppers.

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I turned and was face to face with a lot of dried fish.

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One day I would love to live in one of these countries. To walk a market and be able to get the freshest of fresh, to experience the different vegetables and eat local would be amazing. We walked the market tasting with our guide explaining what we were eating.

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The colors are so vibrant and the textures so different. The benefit of straight from the field (or jungle)

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This fruit (cannot remember the name) wins my exotic fruit of the day award. Looks like a grape, sweet with a furry outside. 

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All through the markets were vendors sitting on the walk, selling their wares. We were careful to not linger in front of customers who were actually buying.

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The spices of the market. You can buy a lot of spices for very little money.

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The markets were very busy.

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The markets were also filled with fish. Lots of fish.

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And lots of squid.

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And always remember, when walking take the time to look up.

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If in the city, it is great to wander the markets.


  1. Beautiful pictures! It’s easy to forget about the great big variety of the world we live in. Sometimes the little details can open our minds and hearts to the wonder of God’s glory. Thank you for sharing.

  2. That’s actually not a lychee but a Rambutan… textures are pretty much the same. Beautiful colours in the photos, you’ve done it justice. Lived there for two years and I miss the wet markets the most.

  3. Looks like a rambutan to me! Very similar to a lychee but with fur :-) I visited Ho Chi Minh City last year, and your wonderful pictures take me back! The markets were incredible.

  4. I love this post! I cannot emphasize how much i love exploring markets and navigating street vendors and stalls because it is the best representation of a country’s food scene. I love the colorful photos and can’t wait to experience it first hand.

    • hi, welcome to Vietnam once more time for whom ever been to here, and great to read that a lot of you like to visit my country.
      Dear friend, Michael ? the name of juice you forgot words to call is ” chôm chôm “; its hard to read by Vietnamese, but it is lovely and sweety much?
      yes, i search english name now : Rambutan
      thanks for coming to VN.

  5. Rambutan (red/yellow skin with stiffed hairs/mini-soft-spikes). You can find it many SE Asian countries.
    And I remembered a colleague sharing with me on how to survive the roads of HCM as a pedestrian: close your eyes and just walk. LOL! I didn’t do that, but do walk slowly while crossing and the motorists will avoid you.
    Great place, that!
    Thanks for the post.

      • Do you have a closer photo of that?
        It may be Longan (Chinese name is long-yan [transl. Dragon-eye]). Brown skin, white flesh, just as juicy, but with a little black round seed in it. That’s why it’s called Dragon-eye fruit.

      • Do you have another photo of a closer shot of it?
        It could be Longan fruit. The Chinese name is Long-yan (dragon-eye fruit). Brown skin, white sweet flesh, and black round seed, like an eye. Grows from trees.

  6. Awesome job capturing the feel and beauty of the market. The first time crossing a street in Ho Chi Minh City amongst the sea of mopeds took an act of blind faith. I was thankful a friend took my hand and said, Come on!

  7. asian countries always have its appeal in the markets, colours, simplicity, sounds, vibrance all blend into one to make a perfect picture

    • Hi Rachel, I agree. So different from North America markets which are inside the grocery store. A factor of weather and proximity to the jungles and the growing of the fruits and vegetables.

      • I guess its cultural as well, most Asian markets are full of live and colours, even Korea during winter they will hawker openly. its their way of live that makes it even more so exciting.

    • Hi, we were on foot. Booked a car and a tour guide, who took us through the markets. You can ride a bike but I don’t know, with 6 million scooters and huge crowds, I would think it would be congested. It was very tight on foot!

  8. that’s awesome pict… someday i want to go there.. :D
    that is rambutan (it’s hairy one) not a lychee. rambutan word contains rambut – an. rambut in indonesian languange means hair. so thats we call it rambutan (hairy fruits) :D

    • hi AM1641 .. as I said to someone else, if your bother is going to Vietnam make sure he books out a tour with Saigon Street Eats (you can find them on tripadvisor or read my post on them in this blog)

  9. . It is called ‘rambutan’ in the Malay language. It is abundant in most of South East Asian countries. As it is seasonal, you can find them in good supply towards the end of the year. By the way, I love your photos and their captions. Next time visit Malaysia and try out our rambutans and other tropical fruits, like durians, mangosteen and langsat. They are all sweet.

  10. Fantastic photos! Local markets are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the place you’re visiting. Almost nowhere else is culture more embedded than in food. Keep up the good work!

  11. Love this post. We have just recently returned from Vietnam and your photos bring back wonderful memories. I would like the chance live somewhere like this for a little while too just to really experience the culture. They do say gap years are becoming something popular with 30+ corporate drop outs now, so maybe one day ;)

  12. Nice post. Great to know how foreigners perceive our daily practice/ culture…things that we grow with are so strange to foreigners….when I visited Miami, Florida, took alot of photos too but make our colleagues lol due to the same reason. Fun!!!

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