Saigon Vlogs-Exploring Xom Chieu Traditional Market

I’m somewhat disappointed when I see visitors to Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City only having time to visit it’s most famous market, Ben Thanh Market. Unfortunately as interesting a place it is, it’s not the true reflection of a real traditional market in Saigon. To me it almost feels like a recreation of the real thing. It has the variety of stalls, even a wet market that operates in the morning, and lots of local dishes you can try but it lacks the soul of a real traditional market. Also because it’s geared towards tourists it has very little of the authentic charm and warmth that you’ll find in a non-tourist market.

If you’re in Saigon, walk over the charming little Rainbow Bridge into District 4 to visit the Xom Chieu Market. This is the real traditional style local market and it’s here where you’ll truly experience the warmth and charm of the Vietnamese. You’ll also be free to roam, take pictures, and explore the market and surrounding area without being hassled by sellers,(I know, they’re just trying to put food on the table). It’s also a great place to do some shopping to fill up your fridge in your hotel with some local snacks, and fresh fruit. Don’t worry about the language barrier. Most people that work in these markets do not speak English, but they’ll understand “how much”? and either show you the bills or use a calculator to tell you the price. I also find that in these markets people are generally honest and do not try to cheat or overcharge foreigners. You’ll notice the prices are cheaper compared with District 1 as well as a much more relaxed environment. One thing you do have to be careful of are the motorbikes that are constantly streaming through area. People, as you’ll see, do not walk and shop in Saigon. Parking is sometimes a hassle and most are just accustomed to shopping on their motorbike.

Xom Chieu Market-Le Van Linh (Lê Văn Linh) street, District 4, Ho Chi Minh (Hồ Chí Minh) City 

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I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.

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