You can’t visit Ho Chi Minh City without seeing this market. Day or night, it’s incredible (though I prefer it during the daytime). Imitation goods, shoes, food, tailored suits, backpacks…in other words, the usual assortment of Vietnamese market goods and the customary haggling. There are, in fact, two types of vendors: the nice ones and the rude ones. The second ones look offended that you’re even looking at their wares (it’s surreal). Your best bet in that case is to move on to another post where you’re sure to be greeted with a smile.
Something that never ceases to surprise me in any Asian country are are the markets where you can find any fruit, vegetable and animal that you want. In Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon, you can find markets on almost every block, also selling clothing, imports (especially from China), imitations of famous brands, fish etc...it is a wonderful mixture of sights and smells. The fish is sold completely whole and some still alive. One of the most colourful fruit, although in my opinion with a rather bland taste, is the dragonfruit. I have to admit that it is only the colour that makes it interesting. The dried shrimps and prawns are the best known products, considering the number that are available.
The Cho Dan Sinh market is definitely worth a visit. Not a market where you can get clothes or food, this market basically offers two things: tools (locks, screwdrivers, etc), and military items (helmets, uniforms, boots).