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Bookshops in HCMC

Posted by poisonid on 11/12/2007 at 16:46

Posted from within Vietnam.

I used to live in HCMC 15 years ago, and I remember very well that there were some old bookstores that dealt in any kind of foreign books and papers (secondhands, photocopies, illegal southern litterature froom beforei the revolution etc) somewhere in the area around the army surplus market. Does anyone know if those stores are still there? Please tell me where they are, I ask but no one knows what I am talking about, and I dont speak vietnamese...

I am aware that the Pham Ngu Lao backpackerdistrict has some places w/ good selections, but these places that I am referring to were better than those....

I am also interested in buying an old mechanichal wristwatch for myself (one that works, preferrably), and I know that there are several of those shops as well, but I cant find my way back - I've been away too long.

Does anyone know where I should go?

#1 poisonid has been a member since 19/9/2007. Posts: 2

Posted by CatBa on 16/12/2007 at 08:10

Posted from within Vietnam.

There are several good bookshops, in central Q1, along Le Loi and also Dong Khoi - near the intersection with Le Loi for about 100 metres. One on Le Loi is heavy in French titles.

Swap libraries in hotels can be found along the tourist route from HCMC through to Ha Noi.

There is a bookstore in Dong Ba, Hue - opposite the old (illuminated) bridge across the perfume river.

Even Hoi An boasts three used book stores.

Another market that has flourished in the past 15 years is that of the magazine which now has many non-political titles coming monthly. Many have rich, 4-colour reproductions.

As for old wrist-watches a good place to start your search would be Cho Dan Sinh (market) on Yersin Street where people are very knowledgeable as to where to source such things. There is also a street of antique stores that runs parallel to Ham Nghi Street and starts near Pasteur running towards Ben Thanh.

#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

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