There are a lot of things available here in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) but the cost can be high, the quality questionable and consistency of availability unknown. Historically, items have been becoming more readily available but we still find that if you see an item today in the shop, it might not be there tomorrow. Lengthy outages of some products can be expected, so be sure you keep a few of everything on hand. Listed below are some of the items that other expats have brought with them in their shipment and suggestions to make your life easier. It is recommended that you contact us to get an update on availability of products.
For The Home Sheets/pillows/cases (larger size pillows and sheets (American King and California King) are not available) Standard size are availble now. Mattresses, box spring and bed frame – recommended, but you can have custome made. Quality and desired firmness can be questionable. Mattress topper - if you are renting a house, mattresses in Asia tend to be harder/firmer and most people are helped by a mattress topper Transformers (voltage here is 220) A typical house will need 6-8 large size and various other small sizes Yankee Candles - standard tapers and non-scented larger candles are available. Craft Items - scrapbooking, quiliting, cross stitch, etc. - there is a good selection of fabric and craft supplies available Zip Loc baggies - there is a local version, but not very reliable. Specialty spices and non-perishable food items - there is a wide variety of spices and food items available here. If you have a particular favorite, check with us to see if it is available.
For the Medicine Cabinet Over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, etc, are not available here. There are however, many over the counter items available, but different brand names. When you decide on which medical practice you will use in HCMC, their doctors can also help you get these from the clinic pharmacy.
Prescription medications Feminine hygiene products Face/body soap Make up and perfumes Hair care products - brands like Pantene and Head and Shoulders currently availble. Higher end products available and many salons, but sometimes out of stock. Nail manicure set
For the Pool, Garden and Sports Gas grill, extra burners, cover, etc Ice chest – availabe here, but on a seasonal basis and very expensive Mosquito spray Sun screen - make sure it's a broad spectrum and sweat/waterproof. Sun burn relief Pool floats Pet stairs for pool – some pools do not have stairs Turkey fryer, if you are so inclined Selection of hats and sunglasses Large pool size towels Good athletic shoes Any tennis or sporting wear (Western sizes not available here) Golf equipment
Pet Care Pet food - currently there is Pedigree (canned and dry) and Royal Canine (dry only) Heartworm and flea/tick preventative Microchip pets before arrival Dog leads and pet collars Kennels, pet beds and toys Any prescription medication your pet is currently taking
Please contact us for more information on pet care and importation to HCMC
Other Items Laundry detergent/Fabric softener - Tide is available Wine Cooler/fridge Personal undergarments - western sizes not available Shoes - up to ladies 39 European/8 USA available in most shops Several golf umbrellas (for rainy season) Evening/formal Wear - great selection of tailors and fabric available. Ballgowns, dresses, men's suits and tuxedos can be custom made for reasonable price. Clothes in general - only very petite sizes available
INTERNATIONAL LADIES IN VIETNAM HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM