Experience · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Shopping for Shoe in Benh Thanh Market

My friend wanted to buy some pairs of sport shoes in Benh Thanh Market. She said it’s a lot cheaper than in store or in Germany. Of course it is! Because many of them are counterfeit. She said she bought it last year and it is still in good condition, so some of friends and family wanted them as well. I went there with her since I also need a pair of shoes for morning walk. To buy a real Nike shoes just for the walk is a bit over the top for me. So.. I thought fake one will do.

We stopped in front of Benh Thanh market and walked through the shoes street. It’s not inside the market but opposite of it, at Luu Van Lang street. There are several shoes stores there. We went it to the first store we saw and take a look. They have a lot of shoes! I only take picture of shoes I targeted though.

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Color option for woman for this model.

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I like that blue-green shoes in the middle, but they don’t have the size for woman. The seller said it’s for man 😦

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Tadaa! This is the one I bought. Paid for 700k vnd. How is it? 😀 I tried it already and it’s really comfortable. Very light-weighted and soft inside. I wondered if it’s a counterfeit shoes or an export left-over.

This store has fixed price, we can’t bargain. Their sport shoes range from 600k to 800k (if I remember correctly). My friend bought hers last year for 800k vnd at different store, so this one is already cheaper. We didn’t check other store. When I told my friends in Indonesia, they all said it was too expensive for counterfeit shoes 😦

 

Experience · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Buying Coffee in Benh Thanh Market

Three days ago I heard someone just bought coffee in Benh Thanh Market, and it was a good quality and cheap as well. So when I visitted that market yesterday I looked around to see all the coffee sellers. There are lots of them! Various kind of coffee and tea with various price between store as well.

I was looking for weasel coffee, wanted to try one. At 1 store, the price was 65k vnd per 100 grams. They have the one in pack already, bean or powdered coffee. Each pack is 200 grams, so the price was 130k vnd per pack. Then they lowered the price to 100k vnd per pack. And they said if I buy many, they will lower the price more and give me free coffee filter (pin). As I was only checking the price, I didn’t bargain at all at that store.

At other stores, the price for weasel coffee was 65k vnd to 100k vnd per grams. I’m not a coffee expert so I don’t know which one has the real good weasel coffee. After contemplating for a while, I decided not to buy coffee and leave Benh Thanh Market.

But on the way to exit, there was 1 store that sell weasel coffee as well. I was still curious lol. I asked the seller if I can smell the weasel coffee, and it smelled really nice, better than the first store. So I interested to try. I should’ve checked the price first before coming -.- In that store, the price for weasel coffee was 90k vnd per 100 grams. And for packs (200 grams each) the price was 180k vnd! Even more expensive! She told me to buy 5 packs and get a discount. It should be 180k times 5, 900k vnd, then she discounted it to 850k vnd. Too expensive, I know it can go lower. After bargaining process, I bought 5 packs for 300k vnd.

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Weasel Coffee

5 packs for 300k vnd, so it’s 60k vnd each pack, 30k vnd per 100 grams. Not bad. . . That’s what I thought before I reached home.

At home I unpacked one of them and put them on weight scale. It was 100 grams! Each pack is 100 grams, not 200 grams as she claimed. So it was 60k vnd per 100 grams. I haven’t tried it, but I will update as soon as I made the coffee.

Do you have any experience on shopping in Benh Thanh Market? Have you tried weasel coffee? Please tell me on comment below 😉