SHOPPING IN HO CHI MINH CITY

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is termed today is the veritable cliche -A shopper’s paradise. The key feature of shopping throughout the administrative centre of Vietnam is that it is tourist oriented, almost anything being offered is intended for consumption from the hordes of visiting tourists. Having at the very least a basic knowledge of bargaining would serve you well here as there are numerous attractive items presented, through the usual touristy fare to elegant antiques and souvenirs.

Spending budget in Ho Chi Minh City or somewhere else in Vietnam are not even close to being drab; they may be a riot of colour from extensive decorative try to the colorful household goods presented, along with can be an enticing prospect for tourists. The streets with the city are lined with small outlets selling indigenously produced toys, souvenirs and clothing most of which have become reasonably priced. Shopping in Vietnam is really a combination of small vendors peddling locally made handicrafts to large western style stores selling far more up market fare.



The main outdoor markets in Ho Chi Minh are Ben Thanh Market, the evening Market as well as the War surplus market. The greatest with the lot may be the Ben Thanh Market, that is instantly recognized by the massive clock tower close to the traffic circle. It is a large old fashioned outside market with hundreds of narrow alleyways that have store fronts. Due to regular patronage by tourists the market industry now has morphed in to a tourist attraction, many stalls now sell Vietnam t-shits and counterfeit branded jeans, caps and souvenirs.

The Night Marketplace is located almost right next to the Ben Thanh Companies are usually open after 5.00 pm. The forex market also includes a few food stalls where tourists can experience some local cuisine and check out a local drink. However, one of the most interesting market of most is the War Surplus Market; this market is sometimes called the American Market or “Cho Cu”. Many military items remaining from your bloody American campaign contrary to the Viet Cong rebels, that ended with large losses of life for sides can be seen here. American war gear such as old military uniforms, GI helmets, US Marine t-shirts and old army knives can be bought here. This might be a unique destination to visit for collectors and Vietnam War veterans, though the authenticity of the ware is not verified.

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