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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vietnam . Little Saigon Turned us Down . 旅店住不了 . "Chapter 2"

Continuing with the Chapter 1, after we walk out from the Bus Station we just need to walk cross the very busy street then we will reach this Ben Thanh Market. 
The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Định citadel in 1859. This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon's largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Bến Thành Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.
Where we are heading? We turn right in front of Ben Thanh Market and heading to Lê Lợi Street seeking for a Hotel named Little Saigon. 

As I mentioned before, these kind of hawkers is every where on the street, you can just simply grab some food from them and definitely will cost you at unexpected low price which you never ever can imagine. 

Along the way, we saw this lady carrying some fruits with a bamboo stick on her shoulder and fortunately that's the mango which we like the most! So with immediate action, we stop her and get the mango from her. 
This is the way how they trade their goods or foods. 

This fella is selling something which I think is handcraft and it made by paper... I saw quite number of this kind of small hand made stuff selling on the street.

After about 10 minutes of walked and some road guide from the local people, we finally turned into a small lane which I think possibility the Little Saigon Hotel is just located right inside at the end of this lane. It is just a small lane which is not more than 5 feet wide, the red signage of the hotel is quite small, you might easily loose it if you never focusing on searching it. 

The signage leading us in, so we just follow it and putting our steps towards the end of the lane.

Hmm... is just unbelievable, there is a hotel sitting here in no where... so we just step into the Lobby of the Hotel. Wow... what a great news that, the hotel manager told us that the hotel is currently under power shortage problem and our room is temporary being canceled. 
We was told by the manager, we being transferred to another hotel called "Bloom Hotel". It is just located behind of New World Hotel. Lê Thánh Tôn Street is just another street which also crowed with small budget hotel. Bad news is I quite like the atmosphere surrounding to this Little Saigon Hotel and I wasn't allow to stay here but the good news is we was transfer to the Bloom Hotel with Taxi.   

So What I only have, is just this picture represented the outlook of Little Saigon hotel.

Continuing with Chapter 3 . Our 1st Lunch in Saigon.