HOI AN, SHOPPING HEAVEN

Within a few years, Hoi An has become the reference for tailor made products. The leather is of very good quality and you will find very good designers. Brands like Nike and Converse are now manufactured in Vietnam.

OVER 350 STORES ARE TAILOR SHOPS

This is the biggest surprise when arriving in Hoi An, there are shoe shops and tailors in all street corners. Even if you don't like shoppings its hard to resist. In 2012, there were more than 100 shoe shops and 250 tailors. As you may expect the choice is good or bad.

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WARNING AND ADVICE

Hoi An is often prone to criticism on numerous forums of misinformed travelers. It is very easy to make your daily shopping in Hoi An a nightmare.

Here are a few recommendations:
- Many shops spray paint leather or sale fake leather. Take extra care before deciding on a purchase
- Ask for some extra stiching under the shoes otherwise they will only use super glue which does not last longer (Just like anywhere in the world). Mostshops charge for this extra service… Negotiate for it to be free, it does not cost much for them.
- Negotiate for a 3% credit card charge as this is what the bank charges them. An honest shop would accept this without any issues.
- If you negotiate, do keep in mind that the Vietnamese never lose money. If you negotiate too much, you may receive a poor product. ( Lack of stiching, quality and make)
- Avoid the shops in the Market of Hoi An, This is where you will find the most cheap quality. Every shops chose whether to have a good or bad tailor. Most neglect quality in order to offer lower prices (competition). Keep in mind that it is better to pay that extra $10 rather than having disposable clothing or shoes!


Here are some good clothe shops and shoe shops  we recommend:
- BeBe Tailor (clothes)
- A Dong Silk (clothes)
- Friendly shop (shoes)

USEFUL WEBSITE: Shopping Hoi An

GOOD TO KNOW:
All tour guides and hotel receptionists take commissions on your purchases if you go on their advice. We deplore these practices because you pay 40% more for their commission and your final product is often disappointing. A $ 100 suit will cost you $ 140 if you follow their advice. The easiest way is still to go on websites like Trip Advisor to find the right shops. Our recommendations are for information only, we do not work with commissions.

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