Shopping is a mixed bag in Vietnam and a large part of its appeal lies in the challenge of purchasing what you want and to buy it at the price you think it should be. Unfortunately, as a foreigner, the chances of being charged 40-50% more than locals on any goods or services throughout the country (this rate tends to be even higher in Bến Thành Market, up to a solid 100% more). Having a Vietnamese friend with you may help, but the sales person will generally see through the ruse and overcharge you accordingly. Other shopping tactics include finding the price of the product you’re after through friends or online before even leaving the house, and browsing the whole market complex before buying to see if anyone else is selling the same product at a cheaper price.
Another important aspect of shopping in Vietnam is bargaining. Before you ask the shop owner how much that shiny postcard is, mentally decide how much you are willing to pay for it and then offer about a third of that amount. The idea is that you will eventually meet in the middle, ending up with a win-win situation. As a last solution to getting desired goods for a reasonable amount of money, pretend to leave without buying as this will usually cause the vendor to call you back to agree on your stated price.
Điện Máy Xanh owns 34 electronics supermarkets in 20 provinces of Vietnam. Here you will find a variety of electronic devices from mobile phones to widescreen TVs. Basic English and Vietnamese are spoken.
This shopping centre is right next to Giant Supermarket in Crescent Mall. Here you will find different brands of electronics, cameras and computers such as Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Toshiba. Basic English is spoken.
A chain of 220 shops selling computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, sim cards, cameras and accessories of well-known brand names. Free delivery service in a 10km radius. Payment by cash or ATM, Visa, Master Card. Basic English is spoken.
This medium-sized supermarket is quite popular with the Vietnamese crowd and it is rather busy most times. Noticeable for its good range of fresh seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables, all sold at a reasonable price. Basic English is spoken.
A large shopping centre on three floors including a supermarket, convenience stores, cosmetics, fashion, food, home decor, electronics, etc. This mall also offers food courts, a cinema and children’s areas. The supermarket’s vegetable and seafood section is great and you’ll find plenty of Asian food options. Queuing is often a part of the shopping experience.
This mall offers an extended range of products, from fresh food to grocery items and general merchandise. It is a favourite shopping destination for both local and expatriate customers. The bread, beer, wine, cheese and cold cuts sections are not to be missed. English is spoken.
Here you will find a lot of quality Japanese food items, priced rather low. Besides food, the store has a “Special for you” area with Japan’s standard products for family needs, with electronics, groceries and stationery. Basic English and Japanese are spoken.
The breads here are home baked with only the purest and finest ingredients; no preservatives or hydrogenated fats used here. They specialise in cheesecakes, fondant and birthday cakes. All cakes and cookies are made fresh on order. Order one day in advance. English is spoken.
This grocery specialised store focus on imported goods. The shop has a small but good range of imported international foods, and fresh produce grown in Vietnam. It also has a nice walk-in cold chamber stocking steaks, salmon, cheese and salads. Basic English is spoken.
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