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Shopping in Saigon

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When you think of shopping, do you think of bustling markets or fancy shopping malls? Piles of US$3 Ralph Lauren polo shirts or the hundred dollar custom tailored suit? In reality, shopping in Saigon is all this and more.

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Any mention of shopping in Saigon and Ben Thanh market is always at the top of the list. One of Saigon's most famous landmarks, today the market it is mainly for tourist consumption, every souvenir you can think of and then some. Trinkets, t-shirts, hats, coffee, coffee filters, tea, shoes, purses, snacks, fresh fruit, lanterns, lacquerware, art, dodgy electronics, toys, jewellery, nodding golden cats and bags, so you can haul all your purchases home. In the day shopping is inside the building, while in the evening the area outside becomes a night market. Put your bargaining skills to work and beware, beware, beware of pickpockets here or at any shopping destination!

Pick up some reading for the beach. Photo taken in or around Shopping in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Pick up some reading for the beach. Photo: Cindy Fan

When it comes to cheap clothes. air-conditioned Saigon Square is the best bet. Clothes, jackets, bags, shoes and more, some that can fit a Western frame. While it is possible to find factory seconds (authentic items that are rejects because of minor flaws), the vast majority are knock offs. Fill up on Hello Kitty merchandise, Abidas runners and Ray Bands. Polo shirts can cost as little as 60,000 dong. Most stalls have fixed prices and prices clearly marked, though if buying bulk it may garner a small discount. Trying things on is usually not allowed. It gets extremely busy and crowded, hitting it up early is ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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