Xin chào mọi người!!! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am staying in Ho Chi Minh for a week. While my fiancé is busy working, I am spending my days biking around for fabric markets! I am surprised with what the city is offering! Hereby I noted down my experience accordingly to different district.
- As a foreigner, I had hard time looking for washroom, so I avoid drinking before my visit.
- Wear footwear that are easy to remove as they don’t wear shoes in the shop.
- They don’t take credit card, so bring enough cash!
- Some sellers understand basic English and Chinese, Google translate would be very useful over there 🙂
Ready? Here we go 😀
District 5 ( Soai Kinh Lam fabric market + Dai Quang Minh market )
I spend my first two days at District 5, check out both Soai Kinh Lam fabric market and Dai Quang Minh market. They are located just 300 meters (4 mins walk) away from each other.
Soai Kinh Lam fabric market is considered one of the biggest fabric market in the city! The shops are located along the busy street, becareful with the ongoing traffic!
The market offers ranges of textiles, from plain cotton to fancy embroidered laces; however, the choices rather repetitive. Some sellers know basic English and Chinese, whereby some are kind and being patience with me as I communicate with them Google translate.
Below are what I bought from Soai Kinh Lam market, not as much since it is more pricey.
On the other side, Dai Quang Minh market offers ranges of accessories, tassels, strings, sewing materials, notions, embroidery patch and a lot more!!! I will let pictures do the talking below!
The market’s entrance
Some of the shops sell in bulk, generally the price is a lot cheaper from Malaysia and Singapore!
Ribbon embroidery that sell in bulk.
Bra cup selling at VND10,000 per pair.
I am really surprised with all the supplies in Dai Quang Minh market! I can spend half day just looking at the embroidery patches and beads *laughing*
Tan Binh district ( streets opposite Tan Binh market )
No words could describe my excitement when I arrived! Unlike Soai Kinh Lam fabric market, the stocks here are generally higher quality and nicer! Surprisingly, the price is cheaper here compare to Soai Kinh Lam market and the sellers are friendlier too!
I am going crazy all over these beautiful textiles!!! Too bad I don’t have enough cash and they don’t take credit card *sobbing*
Don’t forget to check out the market too, they have a lot interesting notions, hangers, and mannequins.
I believe the market offers not just textiles and notions but also a place for fashion wholesale business. Look at how much they bought and carried in the bike!
I really love these textiles I got from the market! Priced at VND 20000 per meter, I am rather confused how they charged because some textiles they sell it in weight ( for instance, VND 275000 per kg).
Ben Tanh market and Tan Dinh market
Both of these markets are tourist spots, they do offer textiles but just a few stalls… Overall you can find what they selling here in Soai Kinh Lam fabric market.
Ben Tanh and Tan Dinh are offering more of the sourvenirs and food.
Personally, I prefer Tan Binh market the most for their textiles. Whereby for the haberdashery, I like Dai Quang Minh market more than Tan Binh market bacause they are more complete and you can find everything under the same roof.
Feel free to drop me comment if you have any questions, hope you enjoy reading this!