A long over-due visit to Saigon’s ‘Book Street.’
Back in January, Nguyen Van Binh, a street just across from Saigon’s famous ‘Notre Dame,’ cathedral, was officially turned into what is now known as ‘Book Street.
You can read some more details about the opening HERE.
With book stores lining one side, open air coffee shops the other, it’s only taken me six months to finally drive down and check it out for myself.
Finding photography books here in Saigon is difficult. Very difficult. So I was hoping some of the shops or stalls might carry a few.
After my Vietnamese lesson this morning (taught in my school by one of our lovely Vietnamese tutors) I drove over to District 1 and found a little parking lot right next to the church, around the corner from Nguyen Van Binh.
Long story short, zero photography books. In fact most of the places, as is typical here, seemed ot be selling many of the same books. The street itself however is lovely. Pedestrian only, it offers a rare oasis of calm away from the general madness of Ho Chi Minh City.
The weather was good (I have the sunburn to prove it) and picking up an iced coffee at one of the places on the street I wandered I and out of some of the shops and generally had a mooch around.
This afternoons trip featured all the classic sights to see here in Saigon, including, but not limited to friends taking constant pictures and selfies of each other in front of every shop, a group of girls in traditional Ao Dai’s having their pictures taken by a group of more pro looking photographers (go to Duc Ba church any day of the week and you will see this. What are these pictures for? I still have no idea) and tourists all over, photographing the church.
Hell I even took a shot myself!
When in Rome…