a VirtualTourist member from Antipolo
Hello!Well I have an idea of going around HCMC wearing an Ao Dai when I go there end of April. Do you happen to know where I can buy one? I know the best Ao Dai makers are in Hoi An but I do hope I could find a good and affordable Ao Dai in HCMC. Thanks!~Haydee
While you will not be the ONLY lady in an Ao Dai....you might well be the only tourist wearing one! LOL
I had to ask my wife on this one, and while you can buy them at Ben Thanh Market, as well as many other places, even on the streets, she said the better and cheaper place is:
Cho Tan Binh (Tan Binh Market), Ly Thuong Kiet St,, Tan Binh District, HCMC.
I asked her the cost, but that is difficult to say as there are so many styles and designs'. 'But on average expect to pay between 250,000-600,000D ($20-30 USD) for an inexpensive one.
Here is a picture of my wife and mother in law in their traditional (wife's) wedding Ao Dai.
The only tourist wearing one! Woop! I'd be AWESOME! LOL. I am booked in a hotel near the Ben Thanh Market but I will check how to go to Tan Binh Market. Thanks David!
You're family in Ao Dai looks amazing! ;) Why don't you wear an Ao Dai for men?
I actually had one for our wedding....but when I put it on, I noticed two things.
1. It did not fit
2. I looked like a DORK!!
Hahaha I don't think it's that bad on you. I imagine myself wearing one and people would think I am a local. :P
There are many quality Ao Dai makers in Saigon. But to be specific, you can walk to District Four from the waterfront, less than half a mile. Or take a taxi. There are at least 5 stores on the left side of Nguyen Tat Thanh street (Ho Chi Minh's given name). Costs are about $35 to $45. I think that includes the material. If you're adventurous you can find Ao Dai fabric shops and Ao Dai makers on a side street directly behind Ben Thanh Market. I think they would do a good job but might be higher priced. Or for a larger fabric variety you can go shopping on Hai Ba Trung street in District 3. My daughter-in-law had one made in one of the shops on Nguyen Tat Thanh street and it fit perfectly after two fittings. She wore it to a party in Saigon and even Vietnamese wanted her photo.
I can get addresses within a few days if you're interested.
The shops in D4 is where I would also go.
How much would this be?
This was apparently not a bad option for a girlfriend. http://aodaivinh.com/
Convenient, big selection, but pricey?
The shops in D4 are near the T intersection of Nguyen Tat Thanh street and Le Van Linh street.
Here's my photo wearing Ao Dai lent by my Vietnamese friend :)
Here to buy aodaibella.com
Well, you can look up in here www.aodaicamtu.vn
As a Vietnamese, I suggest you have a hand-made Aodai which based on the measurements of your body rather than buying the ones from the market, it doesn't look good ^^
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