Buying Clothes in Vietnam
Replies: 23 - Last Post: May 3, 2011 6:16 AM Last Post By: pajos
Apr 25, 2011 10:33 PM
Buying Clothes in VietnamMy Wife and I are travelling to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City) late this year and have been advised to take as little clothing as possible and buy our clothes for the trip there.
I'm an XL to 2XL and my wife is a size 12 to 14. Will these sizes be difficult to buy in Vietnam?
Many thanks for your assistance in this matter,
Apr 25, 2011 11:16 PM
1XL is difficult to find unless you choose from the latest collection.My bf could barely find his size.Vietnamese XL is sometimes equivalent to size M in North America.He was not able to find anything in the sale collection.Needless to say XXL is something rare!
I would suggest you to take your necessary clothing.
Apr 25, 2011 11:51 PM
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Apr 26, 2011 12:09 AM
4I think Saigon has tailors that are just as good ;)
Apr 26, 2011 12:16 AM
5The vietnamese people , particularly the women are tiny. Their clothing markets seem to be mainly for locals rather than tourists and the sizes reflect this. you only need take a comfortable skirt for ladies and some soft 3/4 pants and a couple of shirts, light cotton ones best in the heat. I also took a sleeveless dress and a couple of sleeveless tops to wear out at night to avoid sunburn. I did buy a 3/4 top in an xxxl ( im a size 12 top) in the ben than markets at the government fixed price stall. Pure cotton loose fitting clothing seems to be the best option for Saigon as it does get quite hot and you tend to sweat quite a bit. We are australians so used to the hot weather but still find it hot as we usually walk a bit to take in the sights etc.
Apr 26, 2011 5:56 AM
6I would take your own clothes, few shops cater to western sizes. There is one place, the Bamboo company in Nha Trang that manufactures to western sizes, but they are not cheap at all. T-Shirts from this company can also be obtained from some shops in Hoi An. Failing that you can get clothes tailor made, but I would not totally rely on this option. Shoe sizes are also small, so bring good walking shoes with you.
Apr 26, 2011 7:38 AM
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Apr 26, 2011 8:25 PM
I am what you would call a "rotund" Aussie and I found that the clothes were all on the smallish side for me. They do have bigger sizes (one woman in the Saigon market told me she had 'King Kong' size to fit me) but you will have to search around a little more than normal.
Always try the items on before purchasing, I grabbed a couple of polo shirts still in the wrapper thinking they were the right size and they weren't.
The weather is so hot & steamy that you won't be needing to take a lot with you in the first place though.
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