Meet Mr. Hoang Xuan Tho.  He owns Bookazine, the nha sach at 28 Dong Khoi St., Q1.

Amidst the growing number of hotels, boutiques and souvenir shops catering to tourists along Dong Khoi St., his bookshop remains steadfast.  In fact, Bookazine has been around for 25 years.

Mr. Tho is my postcards and pre-loved English books supplier.  Every time, I buy postcards in his shop I always ask him to give me a discount — which he won’t give. 😛  In fairness to him, he’s selling it the same as everywhere at 5,000 VND (except for that lady selling by Paris Deli just a few shops away at 10,000 VND).  He always let me check out his old postcard and photo collections at the back.  And I have to come clean — I always leave that area a mess.  Hehe.

Once, I bought postcards in his shop and he wasn’t around.  There was nobody else in his shop!  I took the postcards and left my money by the cash register.  But I think this is a Vietnamese-thing — very trusting.

Mr. Tho has been lamenting that the price of rent is going sky high (and I mean SKY HIGH!) so please do visit Bookazine if you need any new magazines (English ones!), foreign newspapers, French novels, English books, and postcards.  He also sells maps and lots of antique literature at the back.  His shop also delivers to homes and office.

Contact Mr. Tho at 0903813787 or 38297455.

Officially closed in August 2011. [updated August 26, 2011] 

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8 Responses to Bookazine

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  2. Kathleen says:

    Did you notice a Travel Leisure Southeast Asia magazine there? I can’t seem to find one here. I’m sure they sell in Vietnam because there’s a price in dong printed on the mag cover but I have yet to find a bookstore selling one. I’ve been to Fahasa (not the one in Nguyen Hue though) and other bookstores but with no luck. 😦

    • Lyra says:

      Hi Kathleen! I’ve actually not inspected the magazine section of the shop. But most mags there are English mags. Will let you know if I spot Travel Leisure there. 🙂

    • Lyra says:

      Hey! I just visited yesterday and nope, sorry, didn’t find Travel Leisure mags there.

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  5. Yiohan says:

    so sad that the place closed.. are there any similar places in Saigon? did Bookazine move to a new location?

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