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]