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Travel: Saigon Weekend Market

On weekends, there are a lot of markets available in different districts in the city. However, I'll be focusing on the Weekend Market in District 1 right beside the backpacker's street.
here is my 20, 000 dong 1liter kumquat tea

Few weeks ago, early May on a Saturday, I went there at night. This market is located at 23/9 Park in between Le Loi Street and Pham Ngu Lao Street, where Sense Market or Taka Plaza is located. There is a huge motorcycle parking in the area as well.

You can go there by bus since many buses passes through the park like 04, 28, 19, and others. Those buses are what I personally used to get there.

The Saigon Weekend Market is at the Pham Ngu Lao street side of the park. It is quite a long tented market that varies from Asian Food to clothing, souvenirs, arts, and accessories. Although, half of the market is filled with food it is mostly crowded with people on lunch and dinner time.

This market is open from 10AM until 10PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Although it rained really hard the moment I was there, it did not stop me to enjoy the market.
Due to the rain that just started to pour when I arrived, I ran to Sense Market and waited for a few minutes before running towards the weekend market. When the rain slowed down a bit, I ran quickly also avoiding some pool of water as I went.
View from the Sense Market Entrance
The moment I entered the market, I was welcomed with food. However, if you entered the market from the other end, you'll get welcomed by clothing and other stuffs.
Most of the food are half cooked and ready to get grilled. From vegetables to pork, to chicken, to quail and to seafood as you can see in the photos. Prices vary depending on the food you choose.
Grilled seafood are mostly the most expensive some reaching up to 80, 000 dong per piece.
They got fresh oysters too! Price here is 30, 000 dong per piece.
Here are some fresh spring rolls in display.
And some freshly made Bánh tráng nướng.
The spices are already mixed, these are used for the Vietnamese Pizza or Bánh tráng nướng.
There are also a lot of drink stalls with fruit sodas made with soda water and some syrup or teas.
The big ones, 1 liter, is mostly from 20, 000 to 25, 000 each which is good for 2 people or 1 people.
I suggest you get milk tea and the biggest one. It has a lot of jelly with fun shapes and tapioca pearls in it.
There are different kinds of food as well, not just Vietnamese food. Here they have Japanese food,  rolled Sushi
and Nigiri or Pressed Sushi
some Takoyaki
some Korean food for a really affordable prices
Mixed Mediterranean and West Asian food.
More drink choices
The menu for her drink stand
For those who wants to have soup.
Some fried ice cream for a really affordable price with plenty of flavors to choose from.
There was also a guy selling steamed peanuts around.
The half part as stated above were accessories. 

Some cute key chains.

some inexpensive jewelries
watches, purses, and bags
shirts, shorts, pants, or skirts
There are also services offered like this:

or some henna tattoo
More photos of food for your eyes to see

Boiled beef or pork tripes

Fried cha siu bao

roasted quails, ready to grill okras, quail eggs covered in orange batter for grilling

Peppers filled with something I do not know since I didn't buy it.

It's actually easy to buy, no need to learn Vietnamese. Just point the thing and ask for a number. Most of them knows how to say the prices in English or others will just show some cash to explain which bills to use to pay. And if you are too shy to approach or talk or it is too busy, they give out menus and others have photos in it like in the photo above so it is easy to identify.

Thank you so much for reading and please do await for our next post about travel or food.

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