[Day 4] Finally Buying the Bikes and Exploring the Ben Thanh Market
Today, we managed to negate the effect of biorhythm change and wake up at 11 AM. Today, it is time to get the bikes that we checked yesterday at Saigon Motorcycles shop. Before we went to buy the bikes, we tasted awesome barbecue, egg and rice combination.
So, regarding the bikes. I bought Yamaha Nuovo 3, got a free helmet with a visor (Royal brand, not the best, but the visor is a godsend!), a luggage rack and a phone holder. All of that, for 5.2 million VND! Lovel gave 9.2 million VND for Yamaha Nuovo 4 and Darian gave 8 million VND.
Here is all the information you will need on buying a motorbike in Vietnam!
Finally, a new mode of transportation allowed us to explore some more. We rode to Thao Dien market and got some juicy fruit!
We planned to visit the ‘village inside of Saigon’, Thanh Da; which was the first serious route to test the skills in the crazy Vietnamese traffic. It is a lot easier than the first time, as I got used to keep with the flow of the traffic there, whether crazy that may sound.
Exploring the Ben Thanh Market
After cruising through the village, we rode to Ben Thanh Market to check it out. It is a huge market, filled with many different stalls. You name it, they have it. Lots of jewelry, wristbands, watches, clothes, and food! I was more interested in photographing the flow of the market rather than buying something though.
As it was already evening, we went to the same food place to eat dinner. On the way to the restaurant, Antonio got a slight breakdown on his bike, so he had to push the bike rest of the way. Funny observation, whether you get a motorbike breakdown in the middle of Saigon, some local will most likely help you with boosting you!
Also, buying smoking paper is really challenging in Saigon. Best bets are some alternative-looking bars, as VinMart and 7/11 usually don’t have them (some do, but it’s a hit or miss situation).
Anyway, late night was reserved for relaxation and hanging out with AJ before we depart for Cambodia. Tomorrow, we are finally jumping in the saddle for Cambodia!
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