I love to check out the shopping scene when visiting new country's and city's around the world. The shopping scene in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) did not disappoint at all!
They really do have quite the selection of shops. From you usual stores, to street sellers to gigantic indoor markets. The choice is endless.
Its so interesting to see the different things for sale. Even the fruit is colourful and exotic and totally amazing to look at. Even the baskets they sell from are super cute
We found beautiful hand painted ceramics, and hand woven baskets in all shapes and sizes. It reminded me in many ways for the souk in Marrakesh!
Ho chi minh is such a vibrant, creative and industrious city. The ingenuity is everywhere.
But you haven't really experienced Vietnamese shopping if you haven't been to Bến Thành Market. Its massively popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài and souvenirs. You can also try the local cuisine here, although I confess we did'nt.
We picked up some wonderful exciting tea's from here along with some beautiful fabrics for future tablescapes. Its a really buzzing place full of life and interesting treasure's. Its the perfect people watching place.
Just don't forget to negotiate!
I have to share with you my favourite find in Ho ChI Minh City. Padma de Fleur was the most exquisite place ever, and I just had to share the pictures with you.
Padma de Fleur is beautiful cafe come florist. You order your drinks and or lunch and watch the florists at work while you wait.
You are surrounded by the most beautiful flowers. Roses are everywhere, so you can imagine how good this places smells.
Its a space full of eccentric beauty and wonder.
They even have their own private roof garden, which the lovely staff let me explore to my hearts content. I could't put my camera down.
When your order arrives, you literally wont believe your eyes. It is presented on the most beautiful tray filled with flowers. I have to say I was quite taken back by how divine it was.
Its almost too beautiful to drink! It was ever bit as delicious as it looked!
One very early morning, 5 am to be exact... (which in holiday time is more like 3am) to a very exciting phone call from our G.E.M. Andrew. We were going to be very, lucky and get to see some baby turtles actually hatch!
With very tired and blurry eyes, we made our way to the beach to see something we might never get to see again!
Although we were there to see the turtles hatch, we actually got a second show as part of the deal... the most incredible sunrise! It was literally every shade of red and orange you could imagine.
With the help of Con Dao National Park authorities, The Six Senses Con Dao have restored the resort’s beach to an ideal egg-hatching habitat for endangered green sea turtles. Some guests have even been lucky enough to watch a mama sea turtle lay her eggs right on the resort premise.
Once the hatch-lings had hatched we all lined up to see the turtles make their way to their future. Some of the little green creatures were just as sleepy as us!
It was quite the thing to see... we had to pinch ourselves to were able to witness something so special.
Once the very last green turtle had hatched and made their way into the ocean we made our way to breakfast!
I ordered the biggest Vietnamese coffee they had - if you haven't ever tried one, you really must! The strongest coffee dripped over condensed milk is an absolutely wonderful thing
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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