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TOP 6 GREAT SHOPPING PLACES IN HANOI
Many tourists worry about shopping in Hanoi. It seems to them that they do not know about the price and quality of goods. This topic will give them some useful information about address of shopping places in order for them to have right decisions.
1- Night Market
The Weekend Night Market is organized in the Old Quarter ( from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market ). Taking place every Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 19:00 to 23:00. There are a huge amount of goods, especially traditional products which made by handmade. It also has a lot of travellers and local people that brings bustling environment. Besides, there are a lot of outdoor activities in the Old Quarter such as: public shows, outdoor music, etc.
2- Dong Xuan Street (Northern part of the Old Quarter)
Opening hours: 07:00 - 19:00.Dong Xuan Market is the largest market in Hanoi and has a wide array of products for sale over four floors. It located on the northern edge of the Old Quarter, it is designed like an imposing Soviet-style building, surrounded on all sides by merchant shops and stalls. It is a rough-and-ready type of market (some might even say ‘dirty’), especially in the ground floor wet market area. However, it is easy for you to find cheap goods such as: fabric, school uniforms, bags, luggage stalls and so on, all available at wholesale prices at the 2nd floor.
3-Trang Tien PlazaTrang Tien Street (south of Hoan Kiem Lake)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 20:00. Trang Tien Plaza is located on Trang Tien Street
Trang Tien Plaza is where Hanoi’s rich and famous come to shop for luxury items and international brands. This shopping mall is spread out over five floors with leading fashion brands such as Cartier, Burberry and Louis Vuitton occupying the ground floor, houseware, furniture, electronics spread out over the second and third floors and a supermarket on the fourth floor which stocks many international and local goods. If you want to have a meal you can find some excellent international restaurants on the fifth floor.
4-Hang Dau StreetNortheast Corner of Hoan Kiem Lake
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 20:00. Hang Dau Street is quite unbelievable at first glance because of the sheer amount of shops selling one thing: shoes! You can call Shoes Market. In fact, there are hundreds of shoe-sellers lining the street and although larger western men may not find much to fit there is plenty of choice in ladie’s shoes. Most of the footwear consists of brand names made in Vietnam. There are also plenty of fake reproduction bags and shoes in Hang Dau
5-Hang Da Shopping Mall (Hanoi Square)Hang Ga Street
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00. Hang Da Shopping Mall (also called Hanoi Square) is a modern, air-conditioned building which has a collection of fashion stalls selling cheap clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Prices here are cheap and it’s possible to haggle, especially if you buy in bulk.
6- Hang Gai Street (Silk Street)
This street is very famous in Hanoi as the best place to pick up some high quality, fashionable silk items, such as dresses, apparel and home furnishings, as well as other fashion items. The entirety of this busy 300 metre long street is lined with traditional boutiques, tailors and fashion stores, but two of our absolute favourites on Hang Gai Street are the well known brand Khai Silk and the colourful Tan My. They normally design ready-to-wear fashion so it is very convenient for visitors to buy.
VISA TO VIETNAM
How to get Vietnam Visa on arrival?
For Vietnam Visa, we can get the visa upon arrival for you. This is,of course the easiest way to obtain Vietnam visa without having to spend too much time at the embassies or consulates in your place.You just send us your passport copy 6 months validity at least via email or fax. Receiving your passport copy, we will get the Letter of Approval for the visa for you.
Shopping can be an interesting – but also a very exasperating-experience. So arm yourself with plenty of time and patience and get out there to find the amazing variety of great deals Vietnam has to offer. DON’T miss the markets: among the most atmospheric in Southeast Asia and still the hub of commercial activity everywhere in Vietnam. Notable markets include floating ones in the Mekong Delta, Cho Lon maket in the district of Ho Chi Minh City that bears the same name ( it actually means big market), the large fruit and flower maket in Dalat, any of the major markets in Hanoi, the colourful Sa Pa market and other ethnic minority markets in the mountainous north of the country.
ON THE ROAD
Vietnam airlines – the state carrier, provides a wide array of safe and fairly comfortable flights, both international and domestic. Thins have not always been thus, but there is now a very trim fleet of modern, well-maintained planes (mostly French and American: not a Russian Tupolev in sight), flown by well-train pilots. It’s the safest driving you’re likely to experience in Vietnam! DO consider flying if you’re going a long way within Vietnam, because any other means of transport is always much slower and sometimes only slightly cheaper DON’T get stuck in the mud: in the rainy season, road and rail are frequently flooded or even washed away in the region that are hardest hit.
ENTERING THE COUNTRY
DO check-up for up-to-date information: regulations change frequently, as do visa lengths and prices. For example, there is a talk of tourist visas being issued on arrival in Vietnam, falling in line with Cambodia and Laos, but at the time of writing, there’s only an emergency possibility of having a visa delivered to the airport in Vietnam where you arrive. If avoidable, this is not recommended, as it is expensive and risky: many airlines refuse to fly passenger without valid papers, because they will be held responsible for flying you gain if there’s a hitch and you don’t get your visa. Once you’re on your way to Vietnam, usually on the flight or when you arrive at the airport, you’ll be asked to fill in an entry/exit form and to keep a copy.
Food and hotel quality?
The quality of food and accommodations varies with location. In the major cities, there are top notch international cuisine offerings, along with a variety of Vietnamese restaurants at all price and quality levels. In the countryside, Western cuisine is not typically available, yet many towns and small cities offer both simple food from street vendors and roadside restaurants, along with Vietnamese formal dinning. In the remote areas, food tends to be quite simple, and the quality can vary considerably. If food safety is an occasional concern for you, you can buy processed, pre-packaged food and snack food from almost any small grocery shop, even in the countryside.