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7 eleven type stores

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7 eleven type stores

Hi

We normally go to Koh Samui every year but are about to have a change of location and venture to Vietnam in February.Samui has heaps of convience stores such as 7 eleven where you can stock up on drink & chips etc. Like to purchase a few cans of beer to have in room.Can someone please advise if Vietnam has something similiar.

Many thanks

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1. Re: 7 eleven type stores

Hi David, yes there is a chain store selling the products mentioned, from memory it is called the Big C?? There are also plenty of other individual stores selling same products. You don't need to use the mini bar items at inflated prices.

Greg

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2. Re: 7 eleven type stores

Maybe not 7/11, but very many stores of the same type. You'll probably find 3 of 4 of them right opposite your hotel, offering everything from cheap laundry to ice cold beer and other drinks. They're usually not as "upmarket" as the 7/11 or family convenience stores you find on Koh Samui, but they will have what you need at good prices.

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3. Re: 7 eleven type stores

At one time, Big C planned to build in Hoi An, but for some reason, they didn't.

There are, however, a few minimarts around town.

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4. Re: 7 eleven type stores

I've been using local Minimarts in Hoi An to buy things like milk, coffee and ice creams. They're cheap and seem to stay open well into the evening.

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5. Re: 7 eleven type stores

Thanks everyone for the replies. Can you please tell me what is the most popular local beer. We are going to Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh. Always like to try the local brews when away.

Thanks

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6. Re: 7 eleven type stores

In Hanoi it's Bia Hanoi. HCMC it's Bia Saigon. Around Hoi An you can probably get both these as well as Halida and Bia 333 (Ba Ba Ba). I'm with you: love to try the local brews. You'll also find a few Bia hoi places around Hoi An and Hanoi especially where draft beer can be had for as little as 20c per glass.

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7. Re: 7 eleven type stores

In Vietnam, there are three or four major companies:

Bia Saigon has the Saigon Special, Saigon Laser, Saigon Export, 333, and Sagota.

Bia Larue (introduced to VN in 1909 by a Frenchman named Larue - but the current company has something to do with Foster's beer Australia) has the Larue and Larue Export.

Bia Hue (with Carslberg Denmark as an investor/partner of some sort) has the Hue beer, Huda, Huda Extra, Huda Gold, and the Festival.

Bia Ha Noi has the Hanoi Beer, Hanoi Lager, and Truc Bach.

Some of these products, like the Hanoi Beer could have different labels (due to different sizes and/or alcohol contents; ie. they might have the same name, but they are different animals.)

There are also other smaller labels that you normally can only find at or near their own localities like Bia Can Tho, Bia Dai Viet, etc.

And then there's the "Bia Hoi" (or "Bia Boc"), more popular in Ha Noi and the North than in Sai Gon and the other areas of Viet Nam. The process is different; I have read articles about it. Basically, you can think of it as a strong draft beer.

And finally, there are also micro-breweries in the major cities.

In VN, people call it "bia tuoi" (fresh beer.)

I believe the major brands have come up with a micro-brewed version of their own.

See if you can ask for a specialty at each place you set foot on.

Cheers,

John

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8. Re: 7 eleven type stores

Go the Larue, its great, up there with Bintang.

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9. Re: 7 eleven type stores

The 7/11 stores always open and available everywhere in beautiful Samui are very different from the Vietnam situation. First they have all the same low price, there are two big Tesco ipermarket to keep them honest...

In Vietnam the small store can charge whatever they want, they have just better stuff and lower prices than street vendors (avoid them for packed foods and water left under the sun for ages on the ground).

When you have two chain of minimarket closer you obviously get lower prices.

In Mui Ne the minimarket are even more expensive than some restaurant for beer and water, and if you go to Phan Thiet to the only supermarket, Coop Mart, mineral water cost is half the price of drinkable water in Mui Ne.

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