To Buy Or To Bring Before I came to Vietnam, I read on several blogs to pack lightly and just buy clothes here – very cheap and low-quality. On the other hand, all anyone needs is 3-4 comfortable outfits and no need to buy anything.
Something lighter than jeans. I have two pair of jeans with me, but even the more lightweight ones are quite warm here. I can wear my shorts, but the tourists are really the only ones I see wearing them. I’ve been seeing these lightweight, baggy pants that look quite cool and comfortable and cover more than my shorts. So I went off to find a pair.
Grit told me she’d gotten hers up the coast in Da Lat for $4.50 (90,000 VND), so that was my goal. Around the backpacker area the going price is $12 (250,000 VND) and they won’t budge. I guess enough tourists think, “Hey, it’s just $12” without factoring in that they likely won’t last 4 washes and could never withstand a dryer. (I’m speculating.)
Saigon Square A few days ago, I went to Saigon Square and found some for $6 (120,000 VND). I’m sure I’m not the best haggler, but I didn’t want to dedicate too much time just to save $1.50. Saigon Square is one big building jam-packed with various vendors selling clothes, accessories and shoes. Here are some pics (along with my new pants.)
Ben Thanh Market This morning, Sophie and I just met a Danish guy, Anders, who’s staying at our hostel. He needed a few items, so we walked over to Ben Thanh Market. Shopping was more fun with these two.
I got another pair of puffy pants – this time in seal brown and for $5 (100,000 VND) and two t-shirts for $3.50 (70,000 VND). It’s cheap from a western perspective, but not when you consider the questionable quality and my mediocre haggling skills. My only tactic is to claim to have gotten [the item] for a certain amount before. In this case $3.50 (70,000 VND) for a t-shirt and $5 (100,000 VND) for those puffy pants. So there’s your starting point.
Here we are hanging out afterward, the stuff I got for $12 total and me in my new outfit. I liked the shirt’s clean smell when I took it out of the plastic.
That outfit is really cute! Chelsea said to send us some puffy pants. We will send you 140,000 VND.
Please. You two can have these clothes when I get to your house. By then we’ll know if they even hold up in the wash.
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