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Shopping in Vietnam

 
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Normally the tourists spend most of their free time in shopping and Vietnam is considered as the narvana for anyone who like handicraft products. The variety of quality goods like silks, wooden water puppets, silver rings and chains, bamboo and ratten products, embroideries, conical hat, paintings…are ready for their choices in the souvenirs shops which are located in the city centers so it is very easy and convenient to getting there.

Shops are generally open seven days a week from 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Most of shops accept US dollars as well as local currency, Dong. Some big shops and shopping malls, credit card is ok.

Besides the shopping mall, supermarket, there is a type of street markets – outdoor markets and inherit to the Vietnamese culture and the life style ofthe country. If you want to see what foods for Vietnamese’s lunch /dinner, please go shopping on the street markets in the early morning. Every housewife gets up very early to go the the market to buy the foods for whole days. They are not used to store the foods in the freezer for whole week like European, other countries…

Most of shop trades are located in the city centers so it is easier for you to find

But …the bargain is a must. The price down to as much as a third or fourth of the original cost

In some cities like Ha Long, Mekong Delta… there are another market - floating market. The local people here row the boats filled full of fruits, drinks, snacks to sell. What a fun way of shopping !

Shopping in handicraft villages is so interesting. You can buy the products of the villagers which you can not find the second ones in the trade shops.

If you shop in Ha Noi, Old Quarter Streets is the most attractive like Hang Bac (the charming street to sell jewellers) or Hang Dau street (where sell the shoes with all size, especially women’s shoes with cheap price  with condition that you must bargain), Hang Gai street (personally tailored suits made to measure from superb quality silk are best bought from a tailor on Hang Gai Street), Nha Tho Street is a good area to pick up silk, quality lacquer ware and art. Xuan Dieu Street is a great place to look for more quirky items including trinkets, propaganda objects and cartoon memorabilia. Trang Tien Plaza where import the brand names covered the world of fashion. Dong Xuan market and Weekend Market are the places to sell trinkets, bags, t-shirts, homeware, art and fake good galore in this bustling, crowded space. Find the way to Trang Tien street where gather many galleries to buy the pictures, paintings.

In Ho Chi Minh city , besides the main areas for antiques, paintings and handicrafts are on Dong Khoi street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, some big markets are Ben Thanh market and An Dong market. Ben Thanh market is for fruits at the ground floor on the side streets running and local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs inside. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. An Dong market is for good quality woodwork, lacquer ware, knitwear and various type of Vietnamese crafts. An Dong is also famous for fabrics. Prices are cheaper than other bigger markets, especially those downtown. Ho Chi Minh city is also famous for Clothing shops with tailor-made like Khai Silk (107 Dong Khoi street, Dist 1), Mai Lam Tailor House (132-134 Dong Khoi street, Dist 1), Minh Hanh (24 Dong Khoi street, Dist 1),  Papaya S-shirt (232 Bui Vien street, Dist 1). Trade Center is the destionation for shoppers: Dimond Plaza Department Store, Sai Gon Duty Free shop, Sai Gon Square shopping mall, Sai Gon Tax Trade Center, Vincom Center, Zen Plaza.

Hoi An has a slew of souvenir shops strung out along Tran Phu and Le Loi streets. Shops sell silk, paintings, pottery, marble carvings, and handicrafts. One of the specialties of Hoi An is silk lantern  of various shapes and sizes. Tailoring-made suits, shoes, handbags, dress…are avilable in Hoi An with express service within some hours. At 108 Nguyen Thai Hoc st is Kim Bong carpentry shop, Trang tailor, Yaly Tailor on the city center are for clothes, Lotus Jewellery is the place to buy superior quality sterling silver jewellery. Lifestar Foundation Workshop (77 Phan Chu Trinh) sell products made by a cooperative of disadvantaged and often disabled people from around Hoi An. Products on sale include trendy handbags, hand painted T-shirts, unusual souvenirs and vases made from chopsticks. You also have a chance to practice how to make lantern here