Lausten Ludvigsen posted an update 2 years, 1 month ago
Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is termed today could be the veritable cliche -A shopper’s paradise. The main feature of shopping here in the capital of Vietnam is that it is tourist oriented, just about everything offered is intended for consumption through the hordes of visiting tourists. Having at the very least a fundamental knowledge of bargaining would be beneficial here as there are numerous attractive items displayed, from your usual touristy fare to elegant antiques and souvenirs.
Spending budget in Ho Chi Minh City or elsewhere in Vietnam are not even close to being drab; these are a riot of colour from extensive decorative make an effort to the colorful household goods displayed, the colour is surely an enticing prospect for tourists. The streets from the city are lined with small outlets selling indigenously produced toys, souvenirs and clothing several of which are very reasonably priced. Shopping in Vietnam is often a mixture of small vendors peddling locally made handicrafts to large western style department stores selling a lot more luxury fare.
The main open air markets in Ho Chi Minh are Ben Thanh Market, the evening Market along with the War surplus market. The most important from the lot is the Ben Thanh Market, which is instantly recognized by the large clock tower at the traffic circle. It is a large old fashioned open air market with hundreds of narrow alleyways which may have store fronts. Because of regular patronage by tourists the market has now morphed in a tourist attraction, many stalls now sell Vietnam t-shits and counterfeit branded jeans, caps and souvenirs.
The night time Marketplace is located almost next to the Ben Thanh Market is usually open after 5.00 pm. Forex trading also incorporates a few food stalls where tourists may feel some local cuisine and try a local drink. However, the most interesting market coming from all is definitely the War Surplus Market; forex trading is oftentimes called the American Market or "Cho Cu". Many military items left from your bloody American campaign against the Viet Cong rebels, that ended with large losses of life on both sides can be seen here. American war gear such as old military uniforms, GI helmets, US Marine t-shirts and old army knives can be obtained here. This might be a unique spot to visit for collectors and Vietnam War veterans, the authenticity with the ware can’t be verified.
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