Outside the Book Nook

Walking on the book street of Ho Chi Minh city

Have a good Monday folks, no matter how much you hate them!

My weekend wasn’t really productive in terms of reading (I’m still hoping to finish a book in 4-5 hours of non-stop reading), since I usually take the weekend as an opportunity to fill my memory card with photos for upcoming bookstagram and blog posts.

This weekend was spent at one of my favorite places, that is a book street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city where I live right now.

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The book street (also called Nguyễn Văn Bình Book Street) is located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, next to Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and Saigon Post Office. It was opened on January 9th, 2016, and, as the name says, is fully dedicated to book lovers. A row of bookstores are open to any visitors from 7AM until 10PM, selling all books from the bestsellers, to new releases, to indie authors, including some kiosks dedicated to old and rare books.

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Also this Book Street is listed as one of the favorites by wedding and portrait photographers, as you can frequently bump into at least one wedding/solo photoshooting process. People usually bring their own photo equipment to take beautiful pictures in this street (including me, haha). The Book Street sometimes becomes a venue for photo galleries or book signing events (how could I miss a book signing event of the best children books’ author that released the best book about dogs???), plus it regularly gets decorated for public holidays.

Nguyễn Văn Bình Book Street became a beloved place for all young artists to sell and promote their works, for instance, these young people were selling their own drawings.I personally ended up buying one picture and ordering a portrait of myself on a notebook *and thus, throwing away another bunch of money I could’ve saved!*

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Remember I said that this Book Street is located next to the Post Office? You know what that means? It means that you can get a bunch of postcards right on the Book Street and have them sent from the Post Office just next to it! Isn’t that freaking convenient when you walk and relax on the Book Street and, and then go send some good news written on the postcard??

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Oh, and if you’re looking to a place to buy some cute souvenirs, this place also have ’em all. Now talk about conveniece.

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Tired and needed coffee/juice/smoothie/name whatever other drinks you want? Lots of cafes and McDonald’s are here to serve you. Oh, and two, if not three shopping malls within walking distance also ready to hide you from the tropic heat.

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Make sure not to drop another million dongs on books (like I usually end up with)…

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Liked this lovely journey? Please share! For those planning to visit Vietnam in common, and Ho Chi Minh city in particular – hit me on Twitter/Instagram Direct/e-mail for attractions recommendations and other traveling tips!

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