What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Plan to bring any large-size clothes and shoes you'll need. Also bring children's swimming nappies (swim diapers) and some women's toiletries. If you are wondering about a special item, just contact Crown Ho Chi Minh City for help.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
If you wear large-sized clothing or shoes, you may want to bring enough clothes to last you through your stay in Vietnam. Finding apparel that fits can be very challenging, though custom tailoring is an option.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
Metro Cash & Carry is very popular. Also An Phu supermarket and Co-op Mart; they all have local and imported goods. Annam Gourmet Market and Veggies have organic, imported and upscale goods.
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Ben Thanh Market, Diamond Plaza, Vincom Plaza, Parkson, Metro Cash & Carry and the supermarkets are great places to look for such items in Ho Chi Minh City. For furniture, try Living & Giving, Red Door Deco or ATC Furniture (outdoor furniture).
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Bargaining is the norm in places like local markets. For this reason, it's a good idea to learn the numbers in Vietnamese. When you're ready to bargain, it's best to not seem too interested in an item. Make an offer and leave if it's not accepted. You'll be called back if the seller changes his or her mind. In the shops or department stores, you do not need to bargain, as they have fixed prices.
Counterfeit merchandise - from handbags to mineral water - is everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City. For this reason, it's best to buy such items from department stores or other official retailers rather than street vendors.
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