I went through my pictures from Ho Chi Minh City and the first thought that went through my mind was “God I did take many pictures at Ben Than market”. I could make a separate post about it, and so I did.
I spent hours at the Ben Than market, buying fruits, listening, people watching, wondering through narrow alleys, trying to capture of all these colourful fruits, weird snacks, vegetables, bags of tea, people, flowers, hats, coconuts.
I simply tried to capture it all and safe all these beautiful colours on my camera.
In everyday life, especially when it comes to the choice of clothing, I like my white and black. It’s not because I don’t like colours, I like them, I just don’t like mixing too many at the same time. From time to time I will add a pop of colour here and there, but that’s it. I feel like my place in Copenhagen represents it quite well, it’s mostly all white and black. I had this red wall in the kitchen, which drove me crazy, so I painted it all white.
My attitude towards colours changes when I’m traveling. It’s almost like the sun makes me crave colours. That’s why I love cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai, where the streets are just so colourful and full of everything.
Colourful and full of everything is also the best way I would describe Ben Than market. It’s a place where you can find it all, whether you were looking for it or not. It’s a little crazy, a little intense, a little hectic, always crowded and it represents very well what Southeast Asia is for me. It’s all about this tropical vibes, delicious exotic fruits, colourful flowers, food you never even knew existed and smiling faces.
I love the part of the market where they sell jewellery and food (obviously). The main alleys are always very crowded and often way more pricey, so try the side alleys, where you can find even more unique stuff and lower prices. And don’t forget to bargain! In a place like that it’s simply necessary. You should usually pay about 30% (sometimes even less) of the prices they give you at first.
I would come back to the market several times during my stay in Ho Chi Minh. I would get my favourite dragon fruits, fresh coconuts for 50 euro cents and Buddha necklaces, because one cannot have too many Buddha necklaces.