Electronics shops in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Are you on the go and need to buy a new laptop, tablet, iPhone or MacBook?
No problem, Ho Chi Minh is the ideal city for you! To my surprise, on every corner in District 1, you see banners pointing to all kinds of electronics stores, especially those selling mobile phones and notebooks. A few years back I was looking for a travel laptop/tablet. As many of you do, I first browsed the internet, compared and selected several acceptable models online and then I went to see them in person. Worth to mention, I found all of the selected models in the local Showrooms - shopping in Ho Chi Minh is as easy as in Prague.
As opposed to some Asian cities (e.g., in Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh goes with the flow and offers in the luxury shops great selection of products including the latest models on the market. Getting the latest iPhone or MacBook does usually take only a few moments. Thanks to high competition, while browsing shops you might happen to find some exciting deals!
There are a few electronics shops offering a wide range of products at reasonable prices that drew my attention.
Phong Vu (District 1)
There are two shops at the Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Cach Mang Thang Tam Junction. In one of them (multi-story building), they sell a huge variety of laptops, tablets and in the other smaller one they sell mobile phones. The selection is, and their website is being updated regularly.
Nguyenkim (District 1)
In District 1, at the Yersin and Tran Hung Dao junction, you will find a big store with prices slightly below the competition.
This electronics store offering from time to time attractive deals is located on the top floor of the Vincom Center on Le Thanh Ton Street.
Mobile phone street Ba Thang Hai
Here you can get almost everything - pre-activated Sim cards, cellular phones an TV. It's one big electronics street, and the symbol of the bitten apple looks at you from all sides.
The street Ba Thang Hai is not all about shopping either. If you're having any problem with your cellular (including the iPhone), come here. They'll fix it.
From my personal experience, I can recommend Giakien repair shop (map). For a fraction of the usual cost and within a few hours they able to perform most of the repairs such as shuttered glass replacement, Wifi chip replacement, battery replacement, etc.
They replaced faulty Wifi chip in our iPhone 4S for 600,000 VND, and it took them only 5 hours.
You might want to consider the fact that most stores usually give a 1-year local warranty on all products - valid in Vietnam only. Unless otherwise specified (e.g., Global Warranty), in the event of a complaint, you will need to send the product back to Vietnam. And for this, it might be necessary to have an intermediary who personally submits the product warranty claim and then picks the serviced product up. It is common practice, that stores do not agree to accept faulty products coming from abroad/send repaired products back overseas. Think about it!
Have a great shopping!