For The Shopa­holics

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Escape -

old tem­ples – the Thien Hau Tem­ple on Nguyen Trai Street is a must-visit – and also stop by at the St Fran­cis Xavier Church on Hoc Lac Street to see how Chi­nese in­flu­ence is in­cor­po­rated into the ar­chi­tec­ture of the 115-year-old church. Fab­ric shop­ping is a high­light in Cholon! Right in front of the St Fran­cis Xavier Church, on Tran Hung Street, is “Fab­ric Street” where you’ll find a mul­ti­tude of shops sell­ing lus­cious Viet­namese silk, del­i­cate hand-em­broi­dered cloth­ing and whole­salers sell­ing bits and bobs for sew­ing like but­tons, thread and hooks.

If you’re look­ing to pur­chase lo­cal pro­duce and food­stuff, Binh Tay Mar­ket, the city’s big­gest whole­sale mar­ket, has ev­ery­thing you’ll want. De­li­cious trop­i­cal fruits, an as­sort­ment of nuts and sweets, right down to lac­quer­ware and hand­i­craft items all beg for your at­ten­tion. If you want to shop for clothes, head over to An Dong Mar­ket. Lo­cated next to Wind­sor Plaza Ho­tel, this three-storey in­door mar­ket is chock­full of stores sell­ing cloth­ing, fab­ric, dried food­stuff, more crafts, even jade and crys­tal!

The ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing caught in the mid­dle of a busy in­ter­sec­tion while on a Cy­clo Tour will be a mem­o­rable one!

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