Exploring Vietnam: Shopping Afternoon at Ho Chi Minh City (Day 2)

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Adventure, Travel
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During our free time in the afternoon of our day 2 trip, we walked from our hotel to the nearby shopping areas. Be very vigilant when crossing the streets. Motorcycles are everywhere and not all riders are obeying traffic rules. Even if the stop light is on red signal, some motorists still cross the street.

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We just explored the shopping area first to canvass for the best prices, we bought souvenirs and other items on our last day.

 Here are the shopping areas we went to that afternoon:

1. Ben Thanh Market 
Opens Daily 7am-7pm

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Ben Thanh Market Top View

Ben Thanh Market Night View

Ben Thanh

There’s a Night Market on the 2 side roads of the Ben Thanh Market building that starts at 7:30 PM until 12 midnight.

2. Saigon Square
Along Le Loi Boulevard
Opens Daily  7.30am-9pm

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There are 2 signage of Saigon Square but they are just adjacent to each other. 

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3. Saigon Center 
Along Le Loi Boulevard
Opens Daily 9AM – 9PM

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Saigon Center is a mall that sells more high end products.

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By the time we reached Saigon Center, we were already hungry so we decided to go back to Ben Thanh Night Market to have our dinner.

Here are some of the items you will see in the shopping areas:

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Ben Thanh Market

Basically, the products being sold inside Ben Thanh Market is also being sold on Saigon Square.  Below are the pictures of the souvenirs and items that are being sold.

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TIP: Always bargain! Some of the vendors will ask you how much you are willing to pay for the item. Go as low as you can even if it is unreasonable. After you give your lowest offer, they will give you their last price. If you think it is still higher, just say no and leave the stall. Sometimes, they will even chase you and further cut down the  price.

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