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These are two of the best places where there are more than dozens of retail shops under one roof. The newly added 3D cinemas together with three other theatres have made Majestic City one of the most popular places among youth.
Ben Than is one of the largest markets in Ho Chi Minh City and is altogether a world in itself. Sea life of every shape, countless shoes and sandals, jewellery, fabric, and clothes compete with dried fish, food booths and even appliance stores. Locals sit on low stools eating small bowls of pho vendors promptly expand travel gear their stalls into the aisles as new customers arrive. Darwin and I had a coconut juice at one of the food stalls and instead of napkins, wet facial wipes served in a plateful of ice were offered when we finished our drinks.
When we wanted our beverage to go, we would use the old ten cent soda machine inside the store that held bottled drinks. Nothing finer than an ice cold Nehi Grape soda kerplunking out of the chute on a hot summer's day. Just tip the cap into the bottle opener and psfshew, it was open and ready to drink. There was a deposit required to take the bottle out of the store but travel to vietnam we would cash it back in on our next trip. Little did we know that the future of soda in glass bottles was about to change dramatically.
DaNang is the major city in the area and it is served by an international airport. It is also home to one of the most chan may port vietnam complete Cham Museums in the world. If you have the time, you should visit the Cham Museum before you head for the My Son Ruins located about 70 kilometers southwest of DaNang.
We then walked on to look for the famous Ben Than Market, one of the places listed under Patricia Schultz's "1000 Places To See Before You Die". Judging from the chaos on the streets, we doubted very much if we'd ever get to see Ben Than Market before we die! We stuck to the sidewalk which was dangerously close to the cars, motorbikes and bicycles that zoom past. Darwin and I minded the traffic at the start but after observing how confidently the locals walked by, we slackened off a bit.
And of course, as always here in Vietnam, there are legends! One such involves a rock which seems to form the shape of a horse and a long sword. As the legend goes, Thnh Ging (Saint Ging) helped the people of the area to chase away evil spirits and demons. After this feat, Saint Ging flew to heaven, leaving a stone horse and sword behind to guarantee the demons did not dare to return.