Ho Chi Minh City is truly a mecca for shopping enthusiasts. Everything from handicrafts to imitation brand name clothes and shoes are available at a fraction of what it would cost overseas. As tourism has increased over time in Ho Chi Minh City, so has the establishment of trendy boutiques that cater to the tourist crowd. However, many treasures can be found within the markets. Vietnam is a manufacturing country so imitations of brand name clothes are generally cheaper than the suggested retail price. You can find both high end brand clothing and mall brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Old Navy and more. There are many locals shop for clothing in the stores along Nguyen Trai Street or at Saigon Square. Ho Chi Minh City seems to have a specific street for everything, and shoes are no exception. In fact, the city has two streets dedicated entirely to shoes. As is the case with clothes, you will find great imitations of brand name shoes. Indulge in the pleasures of a private Ho Chi Minh City, which is a luxury Ho Chi Minh serviced apartment designed for the discerning executive and international family. A refreshing alternative to a hotel,Somerset Ho Chi Minh City offers a resort-style retreat in the city Centre with elegant and spacious apartments.

Ben Thanh Market has countless stalls selling watches but expect to pay a hefty price. If you have time to explore, check out Binh Tay Market at Cho Lon or the many small shops around the market for a better bargain. Shop owners around the city buy their stock at this market at wholesale prices. You can also go to the top floor of the Saigon Tax Center where they have a few jewelry stores which carry watches. Vietnamese handicrafts are very unique and intricate. Vietnam is especially famous for lacquerware and coconut dinnerware. Bowls, plates, spoons and chopsticks make great gifts and decoration. You can also find fabulous fabric creations with patchwork and threadwork embroidery in this city. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many art galleries which host the most talented local artists.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.