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millville, nj
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Anyone know if there is any type of horseback riding near Hoi An ?

Best shopping area in Danang? I also heard there is some type of "mall"? in HCMC. We are also going to the Orphanage, any feedback from someone else who has done this activity? We bought coloring books and crayons to give the children.



Semporna, Malaysia
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Hi Knb,

If you like souvenirs made from stone or marble, buy in Danang.

For other items, do in HCMC. Some types of "mall" are Parkson, Diamond Plaza, etc. Tax Shopping Plaza is of lower level of luxury in my opinion but I like it.

I was in Saigon last month. Didn't go to Saigon Center in 65 Le Loi Street, so I'm not sure if they are better now. Also not sure how Zen Plaza (on Nguyen Trai Street near New World Hotel) is now. Shops attached with Sheraton, Caravelle are quite good. There’s new nice place on Le Loi Street on the right hand side of Central Theater, opposite the Duty Free Shop. Don’t go to this Duty Free Shop, very little choice, the kind of shop of 15 years ago.

I guess HCMC has more to buy than in any city in Vietnam.


Palm Cove, Australia
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Hello Karen.

I had this info cut & pasted from somewhere ????

Saigon Center

Ph-84 8 823 2505

65 Le Loi

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Saigon Centre is remarkably calm for a shopping center in Saigon. Perhaps the crowds are put off by the prices. If you're looking for gifts, Western style crockery, smart casual menswear, Siemens home appliances or bedding supplies, though, this place is definitely worth a look. On the premises are also a couple of cafes serving good coffee and a supermarket that may be useful if you are short of toiletries.

Lucky Plaza

Ph- 84 8 824 4554 (Saigon Tourist)

69 Dong Khoi

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Centrally located and accessible from both Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue Streets, Lucky Plaza is a relatively modern mini-mall. The three floors hold 24 shops and one restaurant. Here you will find everything from cheap toys, candy, inexpensive watches and shoes to high quality jewelry and sportswear. Traditional Vietnamese gifts of lacquerware and purses can be bought in several of the shops. The top floor consists of a medium range Chinese restaurant with excellent service and traditional ambiance.

Saigon Square Shopping Center

Ph- 8 84 829 8914 (Saigon Tourist Office)

39 Le Duan

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon Square is another step forward in the modernization of shopping in Vietnam. It is new, clean and modern. There is a large supermarket in the middle of the Square surrounded by almost 20 small shops including upmarket brands such as Longines, Boss Perfume, Motorola and Nokia. In other shops you can buy eyeglasses, watches, furniture, air conditioners, film and inexpensive clothes, luggage and shoes. If you are hungry, grab a bite at any of the restaurants now serving sushi, Chinese food, sandwiches or pizza.

Diamond Department Store

Ph- 84 8 822 5500

34 Le Duan

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The four-floor Diamond Department Store is relatively new. Vietnamese come here to do some window-shopping (the prices are higher than elsewhere) and to enjoy the quiet away from the chaotic traffic outside. Inside, a wide variety of wares are on offer including American and Vietnamese brands of clothes, sporting equipment, watches, jewelry, souvenirs, mobile telephones, cosmetics, and washing machines. If you are hungry you can have a break in one of the various restaurants or buy something from the little supermarket featuring imported options and prepare it at home.

Does anyone have a list for Hanoi?????

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In Hanoi,there is one quite large one on Cnr of Hai Ba Thuong and Hang Bai Streets ---called , I think(?) the Trang Tien Plaza.

This is a very big western department store ---a lot like home ---has supermarket on upper floor---its about 4 stories---built, I think about 2002(???) ----this is on the southern end of the Lake---not far from Sofitel Metropole.

A new one has opened or about to , but do not know its location!


p.s --the address of the first is 17 Hai Ba Thuong street

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Hi Karen,

Are you going to the orphanage in Hoian? there is a UK organisation that runs it http://www.kianh.org.uk/ and they have a wish list of items. I am going over in March and am stocking up on things that are on the list.

I haven't been there before but I recall posts from people who have.



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Read the website carefully, it suggests that that although pens, books etc are welcome your money may be better spent.


"Meanwhile, the Orphanage buildings are crumbling around them, they may only have one set of well-worn school clothes, and their diet is poor. Please therefore visit our How You Can Help page and consider supporting the children in a way that may not get an instant response or a good photo, but will have a longer-lasting impact on their quality of life."



Semporna, Malaysia
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Yes, that is Trang Tien Plaza. I think it's very small compared with Tax Plaza in Saigon.


Semporna, Malaysia
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Your post is very much appreciated. I’ve never thought of that idea. I went to one of the orphanages in Saigon about 15 years ago.

Hi Alicie,

Next time I must go to Saigon Square. I ate there when they were located in Hai Ba Trung Street. Last month I learned that they moved but I didn't know where.

Thanks for the info.


Palm Cove, Australia
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Thanks Plover & Land

Knb97, Just remembered this site , can have a play around, lotsa info.


Silicon Valley
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Saigon Square moved temporarily to the other side of the block ( or Hai Ba Trung street), on a small street called Le Van Huu, just across from our general consulate.

(Asiana group, at last, had started construction on their project, dating back from the mid-90's).

Nowaday Saigon Square is a temporary thing, and you will not enjoy it as you've enjoyed it at the former location: it's low-tin-roofed and pretty hot in the afternoon.

(Going up to the second floor reminded me of a place I've stayed in a previous life...).

Ambiance is no more there.

On the other hand, I've enjoyed shopping in Trang Tien Plaza, last December.

It had something of Paris' "Printemps".

I agree with Land in that t he inventory isn't large; but so conveniently close to that tiny hotel I've stayed (forgot the name) situated on 6 Ba Trieu street. (clean, excellent breakfast, well-managed; if not for that Parisienne who chain-smoked in the lounge...).

Cheers, charles.

Semporna, Malaysia
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Hi Golf,

Thanks for the Saigon Square info.