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    Pirated DVDs

    by xuessium Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Piracy is a problem but if you do not mind the US$3 or less on each DVD, you can find them in many shops along Pham Ngu Lao and other backpackers' areas. They are a hit with western tourists especially, with their offer of the latest titles in movies and TV series.

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    Sinh Cafe: Day Tours

    by yellowbell Written Mar 18, 2005

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    I read of Sinh Cafe in this site but since we travelled via a package tour to Ho Chi Minh, I didn't think I will encounter the services of this cafe.

    It was a such a surprise that our tour package was courtesy of the ever-reliable Sinh Cafe. Sinh Cafe is located in the tourist district. It cannot be missed as daily tourist buses leave from there.

    There are other tour operators in this street so find out the package that best suits your taste.

    Buses are clean, tours are cheap and cater mostly to European tourists.

    What to buy: Day Tours
    Open Bus Tours
    Border Crossing to Cambodia
    Since it's also a cafe, you can have your taste of pho here.

    What to pay: City tours ($4 half day and $5 whole day)
    Day trips to Cu Chi and Cao Dai Temple ($5), Mekong Delta, open bus tours to other parts of Vietnam and border crossing to Cambodia. Buses leave at 7:30 am for long-distance destinations and 8:15 am for city tours.

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    Xuan Qui Shop: Sequinned silk/velvet bags

    by yellowbell Written Mar 15, 2005

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    It's one of those old shops along Le Loi St. (a few blocks away from Ben Thahn market)

    What to buy: sequinned silk bag - 2 for $5
    sequinned velvet bag - 2 for $7

    What to pay: Not as cheap as your average souvenir Vietnam shirt but an ideal souvenir for party-going women

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    Bich Lien: Lacquerwares

    by yellowbell Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Buy lacquerware albums, display plates, wine holders, serving trays, and jewelry boxes.
    Prices are in USD but you can pay in VND.

    What to buy: Unique lacquerware photo-album (album cover has the usual Saigon ladies wearing ao dai and conical hats) cannot be found in other lacquerware stores.

    What to pay: USD 5-12

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    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Most shops are centred in the area surrounding the Rex Hotel. Best buys include items with mother of pearl inlay, ceramics, embroidered articles, wood-block prints, watercolours and lacquer ware, reputed to be the best in the world. Especially popular are also rosewood bowls and boxes. Coffee lovers should know that Vietnamese coffee is among the best in the world. The Binh Tay Market in China Town offers an astounding variety of goods. Here bargaining is an expected practice. The local currency is the dong; most purchases can be paid for in U.S. dollars.

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    Tay Son Factory: LACQUER FACTORY

    by MikeAtSea Updated Nov 24, 2004

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    Saigon is renowned for its exquisite lacquer ware and the Tay Son factory is among the best known establishments in the city. You can visit the factory and see the process of making a wide array of handicrafts and other items. It also offers an opportunity to purchase some souvenir items.

    Lacquer Factory
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    Dong Khoi

    by yuet29 Written Nov 23, 2004

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    Many shops in Dong Khoi selling local crafts such as silk bag with stiched pictures, necklaces, brooch ext. The prices are usually expensive even after bargain.

    If you try Cho Lon, you will probably find the product with same design with same quality, offer in a far cheaper price.

    What to pay: Visit Cho Lon before Dong Khoi to compare the price (if you cannnot afford). If you dont mind paying more, then just buy.

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    Ben Thanh Market

    by yuet29 Written Nov 23, 2004

    You can get your vietnamese costume - ao dai ( pronounce as 'ao yai') here. Ben Thanh market offer a good range of choices on ao dai. The costume can be ready in one to two days time according to your figure.

    Vietnamese is very smart, most of the parts of the clothes are ready except some critical joint which need customer's figure. They applied this theory in supply chain called postponement to reduce the inventory and improve the respond time. Cool.

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    Many little shops tucked into odd corners: Exquisite model Boats, Ships and Planes

    by dlytle Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Model ships, from square-riggers through yachts and junks to ocean liners, are available in many small and large shops in HCMC. While one might normally classify this product line as handicrafts, they are so unique and special in HCMC that they really deserve special note on your shopping agenda. Even if you are not in the market to buy one, do yourself a favor and stop and look at one of the shops selling them. Even if you do not buy one I bet you take a photograph of them like I did!

    These are not toys. Ranging in size from one to five feet in length, these models are beautiful display and collector items because of their superb detail and materials.

    This was a nice shop behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in District 1 that I stopped at. The models were exquisite. They even had a model Titanic with working lights. I expected the price to be pretty high but was astounded to learn that I could buy one of the cruise ship looking models (maybe a foot long) for around $40 USD. If I could have fit it into my suitcase to take back to the USA it would have been a sale.

    Beautifully handcrafted model ships for sale cheap
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    Vincom Center: Shopping Mall in Ho Chi Minh

    by shavy Updated Jun 1, 2013

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    American, Italian, French, London name it all ! shop till you drop all those big brands you'll find here in one big mall

    What to pay: About 30 $ and up

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    Musical Instrument Shop: Inside the Museum of Vietnamese History

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    This musical instrument shop can be found in the Museum of Vietnamese History where they sell traditional Vietnamese wooden musical instruments.

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    Art Works: Art Works

    by kenningst Written Aug 26, 2008

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    You can find loads of art work shops around Bien Vien Street. I was not an art lover and so did not buy any but you can find a good array of selections.

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    Old Post Office: Small souvenir counter in Post Office

    by Audia Updated Mar 23, 2008

    What to buy: If you hate haggling and bargaining. This place is for you.

    What to pay: Fixed Price. No Haggling. Expect to pay 1,5 to 2 times of the price in the market or any other places.

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    Everywhere on the street: Ugly coca can souvenirs

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 23, 2004

    Local people can make everything out of used cans, mostly the colourful red Coca Cola can

    War is very well represented with tanks, helicopters...

    What to pay: near to nothing

    Ho Chi Ming, canned souvenirs

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    Hair today, gone tomorrow

    by dinhyen Written Apr 25, 2003

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    I had my eyes on that uber-stylish red, white, and blue coffure. It has me written all over it. If only it weren't so hot that day...

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