Saigon - Shopping

Date Links: Sat 04/06 │ Sun 05/06 │ Mon 06/0

Accommodation: An An 2 Hotel

An Dong - Cholon's other indoor market is very close to the intersection of ÐL Tran Phu and ÐL An Duong Vuong. This market is four storeys high and is crammed with shops. The 1st floor carries nothing but clothing, including imported designer jeans from Hong Kong, the latest pumps from Paris and ao dai. The basement is a gourmet's delight of small restaurants - a perfect place to lunch on the cheap - cnr of ÐL Tran Phu & ÐL An Duong Vuong Cholon -

Ben Thanh Market - The most central of all markets is Ben Thanh Market . The market and surrounding streets make up one of the city's liveliest areas. Everything that's commonly eaten, worn or used by the Saigonese is available here: vegetables, meats, spices, sweets, tobacco, clothing, hardware and so forth. There's also a healthy selection of souvenir items. However, you will need to bargain efficiently here, as prices are usually higher than elsewhere. Ben Thanh Market has the best prices and widest selection of both regular and weasel coffee. Weasel coffee (ca phe chon) is part of the signature Trung Nguyen brand. These coffee beans are fed to weasels first, then harvested from their droppings before being sold to you. Brew and enjoy - LonelyPlanet - District 1 cnr ÐL Le Loi, ÐL Ham Nghi, ÐL Tran Hung Dao & Ð Le Lai - GPS: 10.77186,106.695995

 Chợ Bình Tây Market - Throngs of people and piles of goods crowded narrow walkways in the market. Different trades are grouped together. Hoods here are cheaper than Ben Thanh Market - a market frequented by locals - beautiful scarves at unbelievable low prices (USD3 per piece) - BooFit on TripAdvisor - The downside is that this market is quite a distance from the city centre - GPS: 10.750068,106.651068

Huynh Thuc Khang Street Market - The Huynh Thuc Khang Street Market sells everything. The area was known as the 'electronics black market' until early 1989, when it was legalised. You can still buy electronic goods of all sorts - from mosquito zappers to video cassette recorders - but the market has expanded enormously to include clothing, washing detergent, lacquerware, condoms, pirated cassettes, posters of Ho Chi Minh and Britney Spears, smuggled bottles of Johnny Walker, Chinese-made 'Swiss' army knives and just about everything to satisfy your material needs - Ð Huynh Thuc Khang & Ð Ton That Dam Dong Khoi Area - GPS: 10.772951,106.698328

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