Shopping culture is huge in Vietnam. And, visiting the many local markets, shopping districts, and shopping centres is a great experience. Bargaining is the norm at many of these places. Vietnam offers some excellent products at great value, so be sure to schedule some shopping time while in Vietnam.
Tips for shopping and bargaining in Vietnam
- If the item does not have a price tag, the price is nearly always negotiable.
- When negotiating a price, knock at least three quarters off the top.
- If negotiations are getting you nowhere start to walk, you will be amazed by the number of sellers that will agree on your price while walking away.
- Vietnam has recently changed from paper to polymer (plastic) bank notes, and some of the notes look very similar because of their color, and because of all the zeroes. For example the 20,000 Dong note looks very similar to the 200,000 dong note, and the same goes for the 50,000 and 500,000 dong notes. So It always pays to double check before handing over any money and also when receiving change.
- When you enter into a negotiation figure on a price that you feel good about and shoot for that.
- Always remain positive and smiling throughout the process.