Ho Chi Minh City Shopping
Travellers in Ho Chi Minh City will at first be overwhelmed with
the amount of stalls and roadside vendors that cram the sidewalks
and street corners, but there are plenty of bargains to be found
amongst the usual tourists tat and counterfeit handbags.
Best buys include silk clothing and other hand-woven fabrics,
bamboo ware, ceramics and boxes and vases made from lacquer ware,
while traditional Vietnamese hats can be found just about anywhere
and tailor-made clothing is popular too.
Most of Ho Chi Minh City''s shopping can be done from the local
markets and street vendors where polite haggling is expected,
especially at the Anh Dong Markets in District 5 or the Ban Thanh
indoor market in downtown Saigon.
Shoppers looking for something a little more upmarket should
head to Dong Khoi Street in District 1 where designer stores,
boutiques, antique stores and jewellery stores abound while bargain
hunters will also be pleased to know there is a duty-free store on
Nguyen Hue Blvd in District 1 which specialises in duty-free items
such as perfumes and colognes.
Most shops in Ho Chi Minh City are open daily from 8am to