Shopping is an essential part for any tourists. From shopping, you can learn more about culture and society of the destination, as well as bring home some nice souvenirs for friends and family from you Vietnam vacations. However, please take note of some shopping tips to avoid issues that might negatively influence your travel’s experience to Halong Bay, Vietnam.
1. Be cautious with the price
The price at the markets here has no apparent range and standard, the sellers usually ask for higher price for actual price of the products. Often, these prices can be 1.5 times higher than actual cost, or sometime even 2 or 3 times higher. Therefore, you need to carefully research about average price range of products to not to be charged by sky-high price.
2. Try to bargain
You should bargain for a better price if you think the product is overpriced. However, you should not bargain in supermarkets or shopping centres, where prices are already set. Firstly, set up a desired price in your head and say out loud an even lower price. After some discussions, you might reach the price that you want to pay. If not, try to walk away, the sellers might call you back or if they don’t, remember: you always have the next shops!
3. Be aware of the fake products
Another issue that you should be aware of is counterfeit products. Halong City is located in Quang Ning Province, where has border with China. Therefore, the fake products from China are brought frequently by local sellers to earn more profit. So you check the quality and origin of products thoroughly before purchasing, as well as shop at ensured places such as shopping mall or authorized shops.
Also, you can check our previous blog post to see Where To Shop In Halong Bay.
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