KandA (elite user) KandA posted April 5th, 2008 at 3:36 pm to Help!. Viewed 170 times. Answered 15 times.

Does anyone know where to buy packs of silica gel? moisture absorbent for packing with electrical goods etc. we haven't come across silica gel street .....yet!

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opera wrote on April 6th, 2008 at 6:58 am
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Try the moving companies.

Asian Tigers Transpo International
T: (04) 768 5882

Crown Relocations
75 Trang Thi, 3rd & 4th floors
T: (04) 936 6741-4
M: 84 903 450 901

Interdean Interconex
49 Hai Ba Trung, 13th floor
T: (04) 934 3957

JVK Indochina Movers Vietnam
18 Yen Phu
T: (04) 826 0334

Royal International Movers
83A Ly Thuong Kiet
T: (04) 942 5999

Saigon Van
30 Phan Chu Trinh
T: (04) 943 0610

Santa Fe Relocation Services
Horison Hotel, 3rd floor
40 Cat Linh
T: (04) 736 6843

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granteralus wrote on March 29th, 2009 at 1:09 pm
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Has anyone found any silica gel packs in places other than moving companies? Any supermarkets?

I've seen some of the larger plastic "tubs" that are meant to be put in closets. How about some smaller packs that would be good for throwing inside luggage or camera bags?

loominpapa wrote on March 29th, 2009 at 3:27 pm
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The camera store at the top of Hoan Kiem lake, by the big junction. They sell large packs of silica gel. The signage has a large Nikon logo, but I can't remember the name of the store. It was reasonably priced as I remember.

granteralus wrote on April 10th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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I went to the big camera store at the HKL junction, and they're sold out. I also tried a camera store near the Water Puppet Theater, and at least four or five shops on the south side of Hoan Kiem lake. No dice.

One of the shop owners sent me to a camera street named Pho Vong Duc. It's a tiny little road off Hang Bai, between Ly Thuong Kiet and Tran Hung Dao. There were a couple nice camera shops, one of which had "dry safe" humidity-proof containers, but NO silica gel.

The owner of a camera shop then sent me to HANG HOM street, which is just north of Hang Gai street near the northwest corner of Hoan Kiem lake. Go past all the hotels and tourist shops, and you'll come to a section of road with at least a dozen paint shops. Most of them stock silica gel in bulk.

I couldn't find any of the convenient packs for a camera bag or dresser drawer, but you can buy a large sack and then make your own packets with some cloth and rubber bands. (It can severely irritate the skin and eyes, so be careful.) I paid 50k dong for about a kilo of silica gel beads, which could be fair or not. After this goddamned wild goose chase I'd been on, I didn't feel like shopping around or bargaining.

The Vietnamese translation is "hat chong am".

tctaft wrote on April 11th, 2009 at 12:50 am
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Try using some rice. It was around long before silca gel. That's why they put it in salt shakers.

Danthetaydevil wrote on April 17th, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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most the big camera stores sell bags of silica, have to keep those expensive SLR lens`s dry or they get mould growing on the glass which ruins the photos...

granteralus wrote on April 17th, 2009 at 4:43 pm
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As stated earlier, I visited 10-12 camera shops, four of which were "big", and none of them had any bags of silica.

Until someone posts a business name and address here with a guaranteed huge stock of silica gel packs, I'd save yourself two hours and head to a paint shop on Hang Hom street. Ask for "hat chong am".

Silica gel is not only good for cameras, but closets, drawers, and shoes as well. Nothing can ruin your day like pulling out a clean shirt with mold spots.

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TscTempest wrote on June 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm
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Recently, I bought a pack of Japanese backs for holding stock spices, basically empty bouquet garni bags that are 11x10.5 cm in size, and 45 bags to a packet. d45,000.00 per pack.

Most of the labeling is in Japanese.
In English it Says, "Stock Pack."
In French, "Sachet-Filtre pour Faire un Bouillon."
In Vietnamese, "Tui Loc Da Nang."

I use it to make one off coffee bags or tea bags with loose tea leaves.

Each bag has a fold over hem that keeps most things in, even in a vigorous boil. As such these bags might be useful to you for making up silica gel packs.

BacDavid wrote on June 26th, 2010 at 8:10 am

After asking around in the pharmacy area outside the gate of the French Hospital (Bẹnh viện Việt Pháp on Phương Mai street in Hai Ba Trung district), I bought a kilo of silica gel granules for, as I recall, 30,000đ from a small shop that supplies pharmacies with stuff like that. Bac

Samek wrote on August 15th, 2010 at 10:03 am

First post; partly to say thanks for advice and secondly to confirm info.

Went into first paint shop I came to on Hang Hom (receipt says numbers 34 and 27 - not sure which I was at) yesterday. 70,000VND/kilo for bulk buying "bagettes" of silica gel, 30,000VND/kilo for loose silica gel.

(Also got very high from the amount of solvent in the atmosphere there, but that's another story...)

Will provide address if needed

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NickinNam wrote on February 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

So, everybody is about to ask this question, and I see somebody already did...so, just to be topical, here's the silica gel thread.

Bumped for utility.

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suddenpaws wrote on June 18th, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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I just went to 61B Hang Quat, a paint shop just around the corner from Hang Hom. Showed the little old lady there the name in Vietnamese (Hạt chống ẩm) and she gave me a kilo of prepacked little sachets, like you find in shoe boxes, for 80 thousand. Easy as, but make sure you take the name written down in Vietnamese, it was much easier. I would imagine pretty much any store around there could help you, but I was pleased to find the sachets at this one rather than the bulk 'pack yourself' stuff.

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vuataopho wrote on December 10th, 2012 at 11:31 am

You can find a good source of silica gel desiccant on http://www.ciffob.com/silicagel a manufacturer of silica gel in Vietnam.

Ulla wrote on February 2nd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thanks for the info about 61B Hang Quat. I got a supply there about 2 months ago, a kilo of pre-packed sachets, for 70,000. Last week a kilo cost a mere 60,000. Though this may be influenced by the fact that both times a Vietnamese colleague went there for me, with the help of the info kindly provided by suddenpaws.

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rocheb wrote on January 15th, 2020 at 7:36 am

Hi there! I'm new to Hanoi and just went through the silica process!

Turns out you need a lot (a lot!) of silica to keep the mold at bay so I decided to buy in bulk (25kg bags).

Then I went and got some really cool bamboo containers made - much better looking than having a pile of little sachets in your cupboard and environmentally friendly too!

I'm happy to help out anyone in a silica bind with something similar.

Just send me a message :)

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