Sunday, July 10, 2011

Nguyen Kim - Mecca of Electronics

A friend recommended Nguyen Kim, this super-sized electronics store on Trang Hung Dao (just steps away from Ben Than Market or Pham Ngu Lao). You can't possibly miss it, as it's huge and loads of speakers blast loud music outside. We went there to buy a cell phone - they have a wide range there, plus all the other gizmos one could imagine, except for Apple. It's very similar to the Best Buy store chain in the US.

We bought a cheap Samsung phone for under $20 (390,000 VND, discounted from 530,000 VND) and also received a 10 porcelain bowl set as a gift. Then we went back to buy a steam iron. We chose a Panasonic for 560,000 VND and also got two Panasonic cosmetic bags. It seems they are running great promotions this July.

The service is good, although not many of the shop clerks speak English. The point-and-smile technique works wonders though. They offer decent warranty periods and after-sale service. Major downside: it's a very busy place, but I can see why. :) You can avoid all that if you buy online at

Nguyen Kim - 63-67 Tran Hung Dao, District 1, HCMC. All major credit cards accepted.

Find out more about the Apple resellers in Saigon here:

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