Along Cua Dai, heading towards the beach, a plethora of tailors offer quality dress-making for a fraction of the Old Town price. Cam Thach Tailor, just a cheap taxi ride from Hoi An Old Town, is one such tailor, and one that is worth it. Indeed, it’s regarded by expats as one the best value for money options in Hoi An.
“I got a silk dress made up from my daughter’s own design,” effused a long-term expat. “It’s one of those designs with little beads and intricate embroidery and they did it exactly as she wanted. It’s really beautiful and the tailoring is superb. They wanted $30, but I got it down to $20.”
As I’m always hunting for a bargain, I decided to try it.
For $25, I got a shirt made up using the shop’s material and another shirt using my own. Thrown in were repairs on a couple of trousers, including the replacement of a new zip. The quality of the workmanship at Cam Thach Tailor was as good as any from the high-end tailors such as Be Be or Yaly, but much, much cheaper.
Cam, the owner, works out of her home, so rental overheads aren’t passed on. There are no commissions to large hotels in the mix either.
What I liked most about Cam Thach was the relaxed atmosphere in the shop. There was no hard sell,, so I didn’t feel hassled when browsing, and when alterations were required, Cam was more than happy to oblige. It also helps that Cam speaks excellent English and listens closely to what you want. The fabric range, in addition, is stronger than many other independent operators.
Price guide below (all quoted in USD) – but be aware that prices vary depending on the quality of material.
Using their material:
Dresses: 20 – 30 USD (460,000 – 690,000 VND)
Trousers: 15 – 25 USD (345,000 – 580,000 VND) / for suit fabric: 25 – 35 USD (580,000 – 800,000 VND)
Tops/shirts: 20 – 30 USD (460,000 – 690,000 VND)
Suits: 100 USD (2.3 million VND)
Using your own material:
Dresses, trousers: 10 – 20 USD (230,000 – 460,000 VND)
TIP: Once you’ve picked up your clothes for next to nothing, why not pop next door to the Blind Massage Centre and save another wad of money. At just 5 USD (120,000 VND) for an hour’s massage, it is the cheapest place in town. They’re good too!