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Visiting Saigon’s China Town – Travel Fashion in Vietnam

Visiting Saigon’s China Town – Travel Fashion in Vietnam
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Travel Fashion in Vietnam H&M Dress

An outfit inspired by my travels


Outfit Details

Loafers and Kimono – River Island

Dress – H&M (sold out, but there’s a similar one on ASOS)

Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters (I wore the same ones in my post on Travel Fashion in London)

Necklace – Primark

Hat – H&M


Ho Chi Minh City’s China Town is a crazy place. Streets are packed with Saigon’s famous motorbikes, vendors selling everything from safety pins to knock-offs of designer handbags, locals wolfing down soups at street-food stalls, and little kids playing games.


Then there are the pagodas. I’m an atheist but these Buddist houses of worship have long been a source of fascination for me. For someone with a borderline obsession with pagodas, Saigon’s Chinatown is the place to be.


The most famous one, Emperor Jade Pagoda, is crowded but there are at least three others in the vicinity. All  of them have glossy doors with intricate paintings, lacquered artefacts, and overwhelming idols. But it is the heavy air, laden with the fragrance and smoke of incense sticks that enamoured me. All pagodas in this area have spiral incense sticks lining the ceiling and they make a pretty spectacular picture. Take a look :-


Travel Fashion in Vietnam Chinatown Saigon

Spiral Incense Sticks in Ho Chi Minh City – notice the ends turning to ash?


Travel Fashion in Vietnam

Magical incense sticks at a pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



Then there are wishing papers – brightly coloured slips of paper stuck on a wall by worshippers visiting the pagoda just before New Year. This wall is amazing – it hugs onto the hopes of thousands of people for 2014


Travel Fashion in Vietnam Kimono

Brightly-coloured wishing papers in a pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Travel Fashion in Vietnam 9

I couldn’t tear myself away from them


Guess what makes visiting China Town even more fun? Having an outfit inspired by Asian culture. I wore a statement dress with a tribal motif (a huge tiger!) on it and paired it with a tasselled kimono. The kimono is the most iconic traditional garment in South East Asia. But traditional kimonos are crafted out of heavy silks. This tasselled number from River Island  makes the look wearable in summer and is perfect for channeling the bohemian vibe.


Add to that retro Lennon inspired sunglasses, a hat, and a chunky necklace and you get an outfit that takes inspiration from all corners of the globe. Fashion forecasters call might call this the haute-hippy look but to me it’s just what makes me happiest :-)


Travel Fashion in Vietnam holiday

One of the many pagodas in Ho Chi Minh’s China Town


Travel Fashion in Vietnam Hat

The busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City


Travel Fashion in Vietnam

Travel Fashion in Vietnam


Travel Fashion in Vietnam

Lacquered ceilings, doors, and furnishings inside Pagodas


Travel Fashion in Vietnam

What to pack for Vietnam? A tasselled kimono of course!!


Travel Fashion in Vietnam Kimono

Travel Fashion in Vietnam


Does travelling to new places inspire you as well? What do you pack for travels to far-away lands? :-)




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  1. Awesome outfit Savi.You guys make every place you visit special :) :)
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    • Awww Laks thank you so much – you made our day :)

  2. I’m no fashionista now, but I love your photos and style

  3. I love that tiger dress by the way!
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    • Thanks so much :)

  4. I love the outfit, the tiger dress is awesome and the pictures look fantastic – I’d love to visit so many places!
    Jess recently posted…top 10 budget makeup buys under £3My Profile

    • Thanks Jess ! The top is one of my favourites too and it was just apt for the streets of Saigon :)

    • Thank you so much Halima :)

  5. Hey Tigress!! Looking comfortably chic!!

    • Hehe ! Thanks Priyadarshini :)

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