65 responses

  1. Jason
    June 30, 2013

    Thanks so much for the in depth shopping guide! Great read and will certainly use the bargaining tips mentioned.

    • XO Tours
      July 3, 2013

      You’re welcome! Thank you for visiting our blog Jason!

  2. Regene
    July 31, 2013

    Amazing Info on shopping guide! Good Job…

    • XO Tours
      July 31, 2013

      Thank you for the compliment Regene! We’re glad you found our shopping guide useful!

  3. David Haynes
    August 7, 2013

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if the fabric stores have tailors attached to them or if you need to buy the fabric and then find a tailor?
    Do you know of any good tailors for men’s pants and suits and women’s dresses?

    Thanks and Regards

    • XO Tours
      August 7, 2013

      Hi David,

      Some tailor shops have their own fabric but the selection is usually quite limited and it’s also more economical to purchase your own fabric beforehand. Some specialized tailors will not allow fabric from elsewhere and will require you to buy their in-house fabric. As for specific tailors, we suggest that you check review sites for recommendations. Please keep checking back to our blog over the next few weeks for our entry on custom tailoring in the city!

  4. ulle
    August 18, 2013



  5. U1
    August 19, 2013

    Hi there, the shopping guide is very informative and helpful. How about their mode of transportation? is taking a taxi cheap? Thanks.

  6. Cestine
    September 11, 2013

    Thank you SO much! I just moved to Ho Chi Minh, and I was looking for somewhere else to shop than Diamond Plaza.

  7. Christine
    December 11, 2013

    Is Cho Lon is the same as Cho An Dong ? Or Binh Tay ? Or are they all different ?

  8. fion
    December 11, 2013

    may i knew what is the operation hour for shopping mall and nguyen trai street?tq

  9. Izan
    December 14, 2013

    Hi..any hotel near to this area (Walking distance)…and how far from airport to hotel..Please help me. Thank you.

  10. chuyen phat nhanh
    December 23, 2013

    Just wondering if the fabric stores have tailors attached to them or if you need to buy the fabric and then find a tailor?
    Do you know of any good tailors for men’s pants and suits and women’s dresses?

    Thanks and Regards

  11. Mike
    January 8, 2014

    Hi, great article, very informative. I have a stop off in Ho Chi Min from 29th jan to 1st of February 2014. I realise this falls over the Tet period and was wondering if you could advise whether Saigon square, Binh Thay, the russian market and Ben Thanh market will be open during this time. I realise local Vietnamese people will travel home to see family etc but will the markets be open on the 29th at least? Many thanks and keep up the good work,


  12. Ankita
    January 11, 2014

    Nice ideas shared about what all to buy. Planning to travel in February this year… so it will help. The shopping guide is really informative. Whats the best mode of transport and any suggestions on places to eat… :)

  13. Faddzil
    March 27, 2014

    Dear Brinda Shah, im Faddzil from Malaysia n will be in HCMC dis coming early of May. Im plan to buy some fabrics to start my small business in my country soon.. could u advice me whre actually i can get the best deal of fabrics such cotton, chiffon blouse , Vietnam silk.. its an appreciation if u could reply me via my email faziljohari@gmail.com.. tq for such a great n helpful tips n tricks..

    • Brinda Shah
      March 28, 2014

      Hi Faddzil,
      For very large amounts of fabric, we recommend visiting the fabric market in District 5, although the choices are more varied at Tan Dinh market in District 3. Information on the location of these markets is available on this blog. Good luck!

  14. Jason
    April 14, 2014

    Hi Brinda,

    Where will be good to stay in HCM that is near shopping place?

    • Brinda Shah
      April 15, 2014

      Hello Jason,
      TripAdvisor is a great resource for finding the best hotel for you. Good luck!

  15. yk
    April 17, 2014

    can anyone share with me good tailor Ho Chin Ming city

    • Brinda Shah
      April 17, 2014

      Please read our detailed blog on tailoring in Ho Chi Minh City here –

  16. James
    May 14, 2014

    What a great site, well done for all your time and energy and promoting Saigon, it shows your love for the city.
    Could you please advise me what is roughly the average price for shoes and also tailored made suits, average to good quality.
    Thanks again

    • Brinda Shah
      May 20, 2014

      Hi James,
      In Ho Chi Minh City, tailor made shoes will cost $80+ and a good tailor made suit will be upwards of $200. The cost is cheaper in Hoi An, but you have to be careful of the quality.

  17. Evangeline Santos
    May 19, 2014

    Is it better to forex in ho chi minh than in my country? which is better to use when buying souvenir items, USD or VND?

    • Brinda Shah
      May 20, 2014

      Hi Evangeline,

      You will most likely get a better exchange rate if you exchange to VND in Vietnam. When shopping, it is best to pay in VND.

  18. camilla
    June 13, 2014

    Where to buy muslim ladies clothing in Ho Chi Minh?

    • Brinda Shah
      June 18, 2014

      Hi Camilla, around Ben Thanh market, there are many Malaysian stores that sell hijabs and abayas.

  19. Reena goveas
    June 18, 2014

    As a lot of nike products are made in vietnam.where could i get these products and sports shoes too.

    • Brinda Shah
      June 18, 2014

      Hi Reena,

      The safest place to buy genuine brand name products are in big department stores, like Diamond Plaza. The second shoe street has many sports shoes, but many may be imitation products.

  20. Amrita
    June 20, 2014

    Hi Brinda,

    Thanks for the great insight into Vietnam shopping,culture and location details.
    I’m a women wear importer from India and travel to many countries including S.Korea,Malaysia and Indonesia etc for my sourcing.
    I have been strongly advised by friends to explore Vietnam for high quality women wear.
    What markets and ares should I target in HCMC and/or Hanoi ??
    You advice will be extremely valuable.
    (New Delhi)

    • Brinda Shah
      August 8, 2014

      Hi Amrita,
      Please see our shopping blog for exact locations for clothes markets in Ho Chi Minh City.

  21. Kenneth from Denmark
    June 21, 2014

    Hi there!

    This guide is still valid. Just tried most of the spots today and got some really good deals compared to back home.

    Thank you for a good blog :-)


  22. Rob
    July 9, 2014

    What fantastic information – and you are spot-on !

    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  23. Aza
    July 26, 2014

    Hi Brinda,your postings are great, you do not give the typical generic tourist stuff. If i come to HCMC and wish to buy several hundred pieces of embroidered linens for gifts,where can i find the wholesale suppliers/factories? Can XO tours take me to these places or is the tour limited to the marketplace only? Thanks

    • Brinda Shah
      August 8, 2014

      Hi Aza,

      Please contact us at info@xotours.vn and we will be happy to help you create a custom tour.

  24. Amir Benjamin
    August 4, 2014

    Hi, just want to ask, how to buy online do Russian market have website that we can buy online from other country?

    • Brinda Shah
      August 8, 2014

      The Russian Market does not have a website, and in fact most markets in Vietnam do not have a website with online ordering capability.

  25. elliya
    August 8, 2014

    Hi Brinda!

    Thanks a lot! Your blog very helpful for me as a first timer to HCMC. Anyway, i’m starting a small clothing business. Can you recommend me where to find manufacturer for women’s clothing. I dont think the tailors would accept bulk order is it?

    • Brinda Shah
      August 8, 2014


      Please call Ms. Anh at +84 93 570 5655. She works in Hoi An and has experience in bulk orders for stores. In general, many tailor shops in Hoi An do bulk orders, but it’s more rare in HCMC. Good luck!

  26. Brinda Shah
    August 8, 2014

    Hi Michael,

    There is an area near Calmette and Le Thi Hong Gam streets that has restaurant equipment. A quick drive around that area and you will be sure to see it. We are not sure whether it is used but their prices are generally cheaper than Kim Nguyen and other larger appliance stores. Good luck.

  27. Jas
    August 19, 2014

    Awesome article! Been looking for info like this to thankyou! I was wondering where to find Nike’s free run sport shoes? They can be fakes, as long as they are cheap!

    • Brinda Shah
      August 31, 2014

      Hi Jas,

      You’ll find them at either shoe street, but the shoe street closer to Ben Thanh Market has more sports shoes.

      Good luck!

  28. Kaye
    August 20, 2014

    Hi Brinda!

    Where can I buy affordable authenthic bags like kipling, samsonite and shoes like onitsuka
    tiger shoes in HCMC?


    • Brinda Shah
      August 31, 2014


      Authentic items are difficult to find but fake goods are available at many of markets listed in the shopping blog.

  29. Juliyen
    August 25, 2014

    Hi, Thank you for this blog. It’s a big help for us since our purpose to visit Vietnam is really for shopping :) I just want to ask where is the best place to buy original The North Face jackets w/ gore-tex and original Kipling bags? How can we spot the difference if it is fake or original? And lastly, up to what time are the stores open at night?

    Thank you,

    • Brinda Shah
      August 31, 2014


      The Russian Market is a great place to buy cold weather items. That being said, many of the name brand goods you find here are not real (they are purposely manufactured copies, stolen goods, or factory rejects). For original name brand items, you should only buy them at authorized retailers such as the ones inside Vincom Plaza or Parkson Shopping Centre.

      The interesting thing about the fakes here is that a lot of them have been manufactured to make it very difficult to tell whether they are real or fake. However, the only way that many companies can make fake products and still make a profit is to cut corners, whether it is on the quality of the material or the cost of quality control. For winter wear for instance, even though it may have tags that say The North Face and it may look completely legitimate, the lining and the warming/cooling technology may not be real, simply because the main purpose of a fake is to aesthetically look the same as the real thing.

      Most stores and shops are open normal business hours, or slightly longer in the evenings. To purchase things in the evening outside of normal business hours, you could try the Ben Thanh Night Market.

      Good luck!

  30. Nancy
    September 3, 2014

    Hi! Great guide to HCMC shopping! Please provide address of Russian Market. Thanks!

    • Brinda Shah
      September 8, 2014

      The Russian Market is located at 225 Ben Chuong Duong, District 1.

  31. cristian
    September 4, 2014

    where can I buy some zippers in hcmc? accessories for fabrics ?

    • Brinda Shah
      September 8, 2014


      Tan Dinh market has many stalls that sell buttons, zippers, trim, etc.

  32. Murni
    September 17, 2014

    Hi Brinda. You’ve provided me with lots of useful information. Just wondering if it’s easy to find halal food. Tks!

    • XO Tours
      October 11, 2014

      Hi Murni,

      It’s relatively easy to find Halal food in Ho Chi Minh City. Many Halal restaurants are located nearby the Sheraton Hotel.

  33. Heather
    October 16, 2014

    Hi Brinda,
    I am going to Ho Minh City in November. The information you have supplied on your blog is excellent. Thank You so much.

  34. Eve
    October 18, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this blog.

  35. DR K.U.MUTHU
    November 28, 2014

    Hi Brinda,

    could you please suggest the places to buy fabrics, warm clothes,genuine electronic goods and watches at fixed price. i do not want to bargain.

  36. Sarah
    December 3, 2014

    Hi Brinda.

    We are considering coming to Vietnam in March next year, and have just started reading up and planning our holiday. Your blog has been really helpful and informative, but, if I understand you correctly, you only do scooter tours in HCMC. Could you recommend a national tour operator (or a few) with good reputations, who will assist us with planning our itinerary, including flights, transfers and accommodation? Thank you

  37. Antonella
    December 4, 2014

    Hi where i can buy jade and silver jewelly in ho chi minh?! Thk

  38. Claud
    January 23, 2015

    Hi Brinda,

    I am planning a trip to Vietnam in june,
    Starting from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang and ends at hanoi to visit ha long bay.

    I tried to book a day tour at ho chi minh that will suit our trip but there was no reply
    from two agencies that i have sent to.

    Can you advice me if it is possible to travel to ho chi minh and book day tours there on the spot?


    • XO Tours
      March 8, 2015

      Hi Claud,

      You should be able to book most day tours in Vietnam on short notice. For some of the more popular tours, and Halong Bay Cruises, I would suggest prebooking at least 1 month ahead of your desired dates.

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