Martinussen Clemensen posted an update 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is known today will be the veritable cliche -A shopper’s paradise. The principle feature of shopping here in the main city of Vietnam is it is tourist oriented, every little thing on offer is intended for consumption through the hordes of visiting tourists. Having no less than a basic knowledge of bargaining would be beneficial here as there are lots of attention grabbing items displayed, from the usual touristy fare to elegant antiques and souvenirs.
Price range in Ho Chi Minh City or anywhere else in Vietnam are far from being drab; these are a riot of colour from extensive decorative make an effort to the colorful household goods presented, the colour is an enticing prospect for tourists. The streets in the city are lined with small outlets selling indigenously produced toys, souvenirs and clothing a few of which have become inexpensive. Shopping in Vietnam can be a mixture of small vendors peddling locally made handicrafts to large western style malls selling considerably more up market fare.
The key outside markets in Ho Chi Minh are Ben Thanh Market, the evening Market and the War surplus market. The greatest in the lot will be the Ben Thanh Market, that is instantly recognized by the massive clock tower close to the traffic circle. It is just a large old school open air market with countless narrow alleyways that have store fronts. Because of regular patronage by tourists the marketplace now has morphed right into a tourist attraction, many stalls now sell Vietnam t-shits and counterfeit branded jeans, caps and souvenirs.
The evening Market is located almost next to the Ben Thanh Information mill usually open after 5.00 pm. The forex market also includes a few food stalls where tourists may go through some local cuisine and check out an area drink. However, one of the most interesting market of is definitely the War Surplus Market; forex trading is sometimes called the American Market or "Cho Cu". Many military items left over from the bloody American campaign from the Viet Cong rebels, that ended with large losses of life for sides can be seen here. American war gear like old military uniforms, GI helmets, US Marine t-shirts and old army knives are available here. This can be an interesting place to visit for collectors and Vietnam War veterans, though the authenticity of the ware can’t be verified.
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