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    Vincom Center: Shopping Mall in Ho Chi Minh

    by shavy Updated Oct 16, 2014

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    Shopping in HCMC is a great things to do especially if you are a shopaholic. Shopping is everywhere in Ho Chi Minh. If you like to bargain go and shop in Ben Thanh market.

    In Ben Thanh market you all find imitation such as Armani, D&G, Versace and many more for a very cheap price. Plus if you haggle you still get a discount. Is not my type of shopping area but is nice to wander around.

    Vincom mall is a nice place for shopping especially if you really want the real stuff. Here, no bargain is all fixed price. All what you find in this mall were not cheap comparing to what you find at Ben Tanh Market, but they were pretty good stuff

    Remember the price here is not to compared with Ben Thanh Market. Credit card acceptable such as visa and master card.

    This is the biggest shopping mall in HCMC, and has more than 250 shops inside. If your purpose is only for shopping, start early in the morning the door open at 9 am, there are many shops to looked around

    They have many brands such as an American, Italian, French, London and more. Anything you need you'll find it here. To find what you are looking for, when you enter the building looked to the directory. Everything stated which level, each store and brands

    After shopping, you'll gonna be hungry and thirsty. Go to the basement where all the restaurants are located.

    If you are not into shopping, wandering around is also interested and just admire the interior of this building, but I doubt it. I also saying, I'm not going to buy anything, but once you are inside and see nice things, is difficult to keep your wallet closed it is very tempting

    What to buy: The Swarovski earrings shoe, handbags and apparels

    What to pay: Depends of how much you spend. Price started from $30 and up

    Shopping Mall Inside the mall one of the store Fancy brand
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    Inside the post office: Local Craft

    by shavy Updated Oct 16, 2014

    After our visit in the post, inside there are also souvenir shops where you can find some local souvenir. Is not so big but they have nice stuff to admire. Probably a little bit expensive but I bought a small souvenir which attract me most

    There were a stair where you have to go up and there you'll find the souvenir shops. If you want to buy something you can't haggle everything is fixed price. I like to do shopping where not very crowded. I probably paying more than regular price but I like paying for quality

    The shop is small but plenty of stuff to choose, take your time and find your favorite souvenir from Vietnam. The place is very convenient, after your visit inside the post office, do not go out take the stair and looked around you'll find some interesting stuff over here

    What to buy: They have plenty of local souvenirs such as wooden craft

    What to pay: Price start from $5 and up

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    NIGHT MARKET: AMAZING ATMOSPHERE

    by alyf1961 Updated Jan 9, 2013

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    The night market I visited in Ho Chi Minh popped up around Ben Than market at dusk. After dinner at Pho 2000 we had a short walk around the night market The night market was bust with rows of stalls selling T-shirts, clothes, souvenirs and sweet sticky rice (gạo nep). I had a try of the sticky rice even though the Pho (beef noodle soup) was very filling, the rice ws delicious and came in a variety of flavours including aniseed, honey, ginger and nuts.

    open every night as the Ben Than market closes.

    What to buy: CLOTHES, FOOD AND SOUVENIRS

    What to pay: HAGGLE

    STICKY RICE MORE STICKY RICE

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    TOURS LES JOURS: A DELICIOUS PATTISERIE

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 17, 2012

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    A delicious pattiserie in the Vincom centre.
    The company opened its first store in korea in 1997, and now has stores in USA, Vietnam and China.
    I bought some really nice almond pastry for our journey into Cambodia.

    What to buy: ALMOND PASTRY

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    VINCOM CENTRE: A MODERN SHOPPING CENTRE

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The Vincom centre is a modern shopping centre sprawled over 6 floors. Some of the shops here include Jimmy Choo, Versace, Karen millen, Swarovski, Crabtree and Evelyn, Debenhams, Accessorize, Mango, Warehouse, Disney and Emporio Armarni to name a few.
    There is also a Highlands coffee, a burger bar called Carls Jrs and a wonderful French bakery called Tours les Jours.

    open 9am - 10pm

    What to buy: High end high street stores.

    What to pay: A lot more expensive than the markets.097 503 3288

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    BEN THAN MARKET: A THRIVING MARKET

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 11, 2012

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    Built in 1914 Benh Than market is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It is in the centre of town in district 1.
    The market is set out in sections covering clothes, everyday items, jewellery, food and souvenirs.
    I bought a Starbucks style Vietnamese coffee t-shirt for £7.50

    What to buy: local handicrafts, clothes, food, souvenirs, household goods and toiletries.

    What to pay: The locals like to haggle, although there is also a fixed price section.

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    Tay Son Lacquer Shop: Best of Lacquer Ware in Sai Gon!

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 5, 2012

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    Most of the Tour Groups whether big or small or private tours will have a stop at the Tay Son Lacquare Shop so you could see the quality vietnamese lacquer ware that they produce.

    Many lovers of lacquerware are very impressed with the artwork of Tay son, because the quality of it is produced based on an imagination for creativity and difference, it may have the same design but it's different in terms of artwork, as it goes "Same Same ... But Different".

    In Tay Son lacquerware workshop where you observe the process of making these traditional products of Vietnam into masterpieces and priced lower than in the markets.

    What to buy: Lacquer Dishes starting at 150,000 VND, Lacquer Tray starting at 100,000 VND, Lacquer Box starting at 60,000 VND, picture frames starting at 50,000 VND, Vases & Urns starting at 300,000 VND and a lot more!

    What to pay: Lacquer ware are expensive due to the intensive labor that is used to produce and finish it.

    Tay Son Lacquer Factory and Shop Making Lacquer Ware! Kinds of Lacquer Samples Outside the Shop
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    Saigon Skydeck Shop at Bitexco Financial Tower: Souvenir Shop of the Saigon Skydeck, Bitexco Tower

    by machomikemd Written Jul 3, 2012

    This will be my Saigon Sky deck Souvenir Shopping tips. I will have separate eating and things to do tips for it.

    The Spanking New Saigon Sky Deck of the Bitexco Financial Center in the Center of District 1 in Saigon host the tallest building in Saigon and the second tallest buildng in Vietnam. The buidling is 68 floors high and it hosts the Saigon Sky Deck at the 49th floor that gives a sweeping 360 degree panoramic view of the city. The Skydeck was just opened in 2011 and the restaurant that accompanies it at the 50th Floor (Strata Restaurant) just opened in April 2012.

    Since it is a new attraction in Saigon, it has it's own souvenir shop located inside the Saigon Skydeck Premises at the 49th floor and also one at the elevator lobby where you buy tickets for the Skydeck.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday

    What to buy: since this is a new attraction in Saigon, they don't have a large selection of souvenir items to choose from (like my favorite refrigerator magnets and shot glasses) but they have coffee mugs, silk table linens, key chains, books, paper weights with the Saigon Skydeck logos in it. Prices are on the high side since this is a luxe destination.

    What to pay: much more than buying the cheap souvenir items at the souvenir shops in Saigon

    the souvenir shop choose your souvenir taking pictures to the skydeck the view
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    Rex Hotel Shopping Arcade: Luxe Shopping Center at Rex Hotel

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 3, 2012

    the last time I visited Saigon was in 2007 and rex hotel then doesn't have a luxe shopping center and what a difference 5 years make! the coffee shop was removed, the lobby renovated and it now has the luxe shopping arcade with world famous brands in the hotel! District 1 of Saigon can now compete with other major cities in south east asia as most of the major luxe global brands have branches here in this fast growing city.

    The Rex Shopping Arcade boasts of World Renowned Brands where you can buy luxe items that costs an arm and a leg, brands like VERTU, BALLY, BURBERRY, BULGARI, CARTIER, CHANEL, POLO RALPH LAUREN, ROLEX, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, and TUMI!

    most of the luxe shops open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    What to buy: how about rolex watches, tumi traveller bags, vertu luxe mobile phones, bally shoes, Bulgari Jewellery and more!

    What to pay: maxx out your platinum credit card

    to the rex hotel luxe brands wow buy now luxe
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    Nguyen Hue Street: Nguyen Hue Main Shopping Area

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 30, 2012

    This will be my Nguyen Hue Street Shopping Tips

    Nguyen Hue Street (also known as Charner Boulevard during the French Period) is the main Street Going from the front of the Municipal Hall up to the Boat Piers to the Saigon River. This is also one of the main shopping areas of Saigon (but the parallel street of Dong Khoi hosts the more upscale shops and brands) but has the largest concentration of Hotels in Saigon. The street host many shops and souvenir stalls and the budget lucky plaza (for export overruns of branded items like burberry or la coste or ralph lauren or nautica or more. and even counterfeit items of these brands too). Some of Saigon's best hotels are located here like the Duxton, Kimdo, the Iconic Rex Hotel, Palace Hotel, Oscar Hotel and more. The Tax Department Store and the Rex hotel is located at the corner of the street and le loi street and the Iconic Ho Chi Minh Statue is also located along this broad street.

    What to buy: you can buy assorted souvenirs at the various souvenir shops lining nguyen hue street and they are quite cheaper than buying at Benh Thanh Market. Assorted painting shops sell paintings too Lucky Mall has many export overruns and counterfeit branded items. You can shop at the Rex Shopping Boutique for luxe items like prada bags or burberry bags and rolex watch. Shop at the Tax Department Store.

    What to pay: depends on your haggling skills at the souvenir shops.

    souvenir shops to the tax department store walking lots of shops lucky plaza mall
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    Le Loi Street: Le Loi Street, One Big Shopping Street

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

    This Will Be my Le Loi street shopping tips for it.

    Dong Khoi Street maybe the Luxe Center of Shopping but Le Loi Street is a close second to the famous Dong Khoi street in Luxe Shopping but it ranks first in the number of shopping and dining options along the street. Among the Shopping Stalls and areas at the Le Loi Street is the Tax Department Store, the Rex Hotel Shopping Center (a recent addition!, it was not present when I was here in 2007), the new Saigon Center Building and Mall and the Benh Thanh Market is located partly in Le Loi Street too. The street is short by Saigon Standards but has the largest concentration of shops, luxe boutiques and restaurants around the area. The Street was named after an emperor and the founder of the later Le dynasty. Surrounding the street is many spas, high-end restaurants, 5-star hotels, art galleries and small fashion

    Le Loi Street starts at the Corner of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and Ends at the Tran Nguyen Hai Statue in front of the Benh Thanh Market.

    What to buy: Le Loi Street has shopping for evey budget hehehee. You can buy budget items at the Pho Mua San Night Market beside Benh Than Market, also at the Benh Thanh Market, Mid Price Items at the Tax Department Store and Saigon Center (Nine West, Geox, Bebe) and Luxe Items at the Rex Hotel Shopping Arcade (Rolex, Tumi, Ralph Lauren, Burberry) and assorted shops and stores lining the busy street.

    What to pay: depends on your budget

    going to Saigon Center Near Kem Bach Dang Ice Cream walking the luxe rex hotel shopping arcade along Highlands coffee at Saigon Center
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    Dong Khoi Street: The Shooping Area of Dong Khoi Street

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

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    This will be my Dong Khoi Shopping Tips.

    Dong Khoi Street in District 1 is the main upscale Shopping area of Saigon. It was the upscale shopping area since the french colonial times and in on my revisit now in 2012 (my last visit before was 2007), there is now a louis vuitton at Saigon! Though there are many other shopping regions in the city namely Ben Thanh Market, the shopping zones by the sides of Nguyen Hue and Le Loi Streets (will do separate tips for it) plus a new shopping mall at le duan boulevard and at the Shops at the Rex Hotel but the Dong Khoi Street is well known for hosting the crème de la crème. The shops on Dong Khoi Street also offer exclusive Custom-made silk garments. The quality of these silk garments is like that of Singapore or Hong Kong. The fantastic concordance of colors and intricate workmanship of the dress materials are worth mentioning. The huge Parkson Department store is also at Dong Khoi Street too plus other malls and shops.

    What to buy: if you fancy Vietnamese artisanal silks, then dong khoi street is the place to be since it has many assorted artisanal silk shops. it also houses the huge Malaysian Department Store, Parkson which provides luxe shopping inside, Lamson Square and recently, there are new luxe shops sprouting in the area like a gucci store, a louis vuitton store, the new sheraton hotel. Besides the silk garments and embroidered tablecloths and napkins, shawls, purses and silk scarves will surely make you crazy. The shop, which offers a wide variety of handbags made of different materials, deserves special attention. It is almost impossible to slow down the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City on Dong Khoi Street Saigon.

    What to pay: more expensive than buying at Benh Thanh Market

    the view from notre dame luxe area walking along dong khoi rainy day at night
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    Saigon City

    by oneyeking Written Aug 2, 2011

    Id used to purchase them at Saigon Center, ground floor for bags, 1st floor for clothing. Saigon Square also sells plenty of those brands that you'd mentioned..Just shop wise and careful with the money..good hunting!!

    What to buy: North Face, Bognar, Zara, Deuter, Adidas etc...

    What to pay: just smile and haggle llike there's no tomorrow...dun show any anger...just smile all the way

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    Boniva Chocolatier: Fresh Gourmet Chocolates in HCMC

    by iclee Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Am a chocoholic! That's it. I am unashamed in admitting my addiction to the dark brown piece of heaven. :)

    So, I make sure to research the local chocolatier even before I land in a place. HCMC was a bit different since I only chanced upon this small shop while walking along my tour route along Le Loi street. As usual, I prefer buying from local chocolatiers before going to 5star hotels as my last resort.

    It was filled with chocolates wrapped in bright colored foils and rows of fresh molded theobromas inside their glass counter. They even have Easter themed ones in keeping with the season.

    I was already imagining the pleasure of popping a tropical fruit infused chocolate bit as soon as I saw the flavors. Strawberry, Bailey's, Cointreau, and Dark shared the spotlight with Durian and Coconut. Liquer infused ones go for VND120,000/100gms (U$1 = VND17,700) while the others are little cheaper at VND90,000/100gms. So, that is approximately PHP352 or $6.80 for the liquer ones. Not exactly bad if you are craving for freshly made chocolates in District 1 of HCMC.

    I've tried the ones from Sheraton Hotel but I can tell that they have been chilled ergo not sure how long they have been in the chiller. :)

    What to buy: If you appreciate durian or coconut then do not pass by without sampling one. :)

    What to pay: VND90,000/100 grams

    Fresh chocolate at Boniva, HCMC Boniva Boniva facade Lovely box of chocolates
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    New Zealand Natural: Fine ice cream in HCMC

    by iclee Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vietnam is the 3rd largest consumer of New Zealand Natural ice cream. With that said, I needed to try this cold confection.

    I chose two scoops of Boysenberry and Chocolate. The flavor of boysenberry was very good and the level of sweetness was acceptable for me. I find the chocolate a bit lacking in punch. There were a few ice flakes within the ice cream which did not pass my "creaminess" meter.

    I took mine in a kiosk within Parson's food court along Dong Khoi, D1 and again 2 scoops in Cafe Xcream along Huynh Thuc Khang (a separate post for this). Same experience, ice flakes in a supposedly creamy blanket. If your experience is different, pls let me know. :)

    What to buy: Boysenberry flavor rocks.

    What to pay: VND49,000 for 2 scoops. (U$1 = VND17700)

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