| Ho Chi
|There are a wide selection of shops in Ho
Chi Minh City and most
of them are within an easy reach of one another. A number of shops are available along Dong Khoi, which used to be the
trendy Rue Catinat during French colonial times. Nearby Hai
Ba Trung and Le Loi are also worth visiting. Off-the-peg
clothing is always a good purchase but even better is to have clothes
made up by 1 of the many tailors. A wide choice of coloured silk are regularly available for you to select from.
Boxes and vases made from lacquerware are very good value while hand-embroidered tablecloths and napkins
are very popular. Colourful woven bags and clothing in the city are currently sold by the hill tribes of the Central Highlands
and the north of the country.
Greetings cards, silk paintings, vases
and marble figurines are good souvenirs. The livelyBen Thanh Market on Le
Loi is full of attractive items for visitors to buy, such as clothes
and souvenirs, including more general household
products, food and flowers.
The market opens from early morning until 5.00 pm.
Shops are open daily from about 8.00 am to between 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm. All shops are likely to be on the small side and no big shopping malls are available in the city so far. VAT is based
on a 4-tiered system: at 0%, 5%, 10% and 20% and it is
included in most items sold and 10% is the standard;
however, there is no system for foreign tourists to be able to claim
this back at the present.