• Marsh Bernstein posted an update 3 years, 9 months ago

    Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is known today may be the veritable cliche -A shopper’s paradise. The primary feature of shopping here in the main city of Vietnam would it be is tourist oriented, almost everything being offered is meant for consumption from the hordes of visiting tourists. Having no less than a fundamental expertise in bargaining would serve you well because there are many attention grabbing items presented, in the usual touristy fare to elegant antiques and souvenirs.

    The shops in Ho Chi Minh City or somewhere else in Vietnam are faraway from being drab; they are a riot of colour from extensive decorative work to the colorful household goods on show, the color can be an enticing prospect for tourists. The streets from the city are lined with small outlets selling indigenously produced toys, souvenirs and clothing many of which have become affordable. Shopping in Vietnam is often a blend of small vendors peddling locally made handicrafts to large western style stores selling far more luxury fare.

    The key open air markets in Ho Chi Minh are Ben Thanh Market, the Night Market along with the War surplus market. The biggest in the lot is the Ben Thanh Market, that is instantly recognized by the large clock tower nearby the traffic circle. It is just a large old style outside market with hundreds of narrow alleyways that have store fronts. Because of regular patronage by tourists industry has morphed in a tourist attraction, many stalls now sell Vietnam t-shits and counterfeit branded jeans, caps and souvenirs.

    The Night Information mill located almost next to the Ben Thanh Companies are usually open after 5.00 pm. The forex market also incorporates a few food stalls where tourists may go through some local cuisine and attempt a nearby drink. However, essentially the most interesting market of certainly is the War Surplus Market; forex trading is oftentimes termed as the American Market or "Cho Cu". Many military items remaining through the bloody American campaign contrary to the Viet Cong rebels, that ended with large losses of life on sides is visible here. American war gear like old military uniforms, GI helmets, US Marine t-shirts and old army knives are available here. This is an appealing spot to visit for collectors and Vietnam War veterans, though the authenticity of the ware can’t be verified.

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