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Shops in Ho Chi Minh City

By Margaret Weeks

There are a million nice stores in HCMC, and these are just a few that I have the cards from, so I urge you to go out and explore! I purchased so much for my daughter that I ended up buying another suitcase (Samsonite, huge, on wheels, for $30.) to bring everything home in. My philosophy was, "I don't want to get home and wish that I had gotten that ____ that I fell in love with."

Tax Department Store

This place is one of the only places where we could find Diet Pepsi, so I stocked up several times, as did other members of our group. You can get many American made things here, Ritz crackers, Oreos, Pampers, etc. but expect to pay more. On the second floor in a back corner, there are several stalls selling weavings, and other interesting things. I wanted to get a suitcase here, but our guide convinced me there were better places to buy near the Ben Thanh Market, and he was right!

Phuong Nam Lacquerware
219 Nguyen Trai St, Dist. 1, HCMC

Lacquerware is everywhere in Vietnam, this is an interesting place to visit and buy nice lacquerware. If you ask them, the workers will bubble wrap your purchases.

Tranh Thei Tay Tren Lua Saigon
107 Dong Khoi, Dist. 1, HCMC

There are many stores that sell silk hand embroidery pictures, a specialty of Vietnam. I had mixed feelings about supporting this type of labor, (I had images of these lovely young women going blind practicing their craft) but I did relent and bought two pictures. The way these stores do business is very formal and lovely.

Thanh Thuy, Children's Boutique
230 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1, HCMC

This was one of my favorite stores in HCMC, they sell lovely and very inexpensive clothes, linens, bibs, pillow cases, etc. all embroidered. I can't wait to go back. I bought several outfits for different ages so my daughter can grow into them.

92C5 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1, HCMC

A member of our group found this store, and it was a good find. It is across from the Norfolk Hotel, and has expensive but unique things. I bought a painting that I cherish. Worth a look.

East Meets West
24 Le Loi St., Dist. 1, HCMC

This store is along the "main drag" and you may miss it trying to dodge or avoid particularly aggressive street vendors, but they sell Cham weavings, and other Vietnamese ethnic items. I loved the Vietnamese children Christmas ornaments, and the wall hangings. Good place to get hill tribe products.

135 Nguyen Hue St. Dist. 1, HCMC

This store sells ethnic folk art which is very nice.

Trang Silk
157 Dong Khoi St. Dist. 1, HCMC

This is where we had our ao dai's made (in 24 hours) and they did a lovely job.

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