Vietnam has many great products to offers, from food, clothes to artworks. Check out this article to see how to bargain and things you can buy as Vietnamese souvenirs.
Top 15 things to buy in Vietnam
Purchasing paintings is one of the best ways to preserve your memories of Vietnam.
Wandering around towns or city centers, you can find little painting shops with a collection of works from anonymous artists to famous painters.
Most of the displayed paintings describe the arty parts of daily life, locals, and natural scenery in Vietnam. Price can vary from $10 to thousands of dollars for a painting.
2. Embroidery art
Vietnam is famous for its embroidery art. You can buy many embroidered products, such as embroidery quilts, tablecloths, bags, clothes, scarves, purses, nightgowns, bedsheets, pillow covers, etc.
Chopsticks are essential items in the daily life of Vietnamese people. Thanks to the application of modern technology combined with traditional techniques, the chopsticks have different patterns and designs.
You can find specially designed chopsticks at souvenir shops.
4. Conical hat
The conical hat has long been a symbol of Vietnam that originates from Vietnam’s rice culture.
Shaped like a round cone, the conical hat is made of palm leaves, and is an ideal souvenir for tourists to Vietnam.
There are diverse styles, along with sizes and quantities, that you can choose from. The hat is best for people who like outdoor activities.
You can find conical hats at most souvenir shops across the country at low prices.
5. Ao dai
Ao dai is the national costume of Vietnam. It is a combination of elegant tight dress and stylish pants, offering both traditional and temporary styles.
Because Ao Dai is available at many stores throughout the country, you can easily find one that is suitable for you or as a gift.
Typically, this costume is already available for purchase, but if you’d like to choose the material and style, you can buy fabric first and then order at some tailors.
6. Ceramic pottery
Pottery is another ideal souvenir of Vietnam that you can take home.
There is a wide range of ceramic products, including vases, bowls, plates, mugs, etc.. They are well-designed and beautiful, with different colors and patterns.
All of these pottery items are handcrafted based on traditional methods.
Purchasing little gifts carved from wood is another idea that you can add on your shopping list.
Carved products carry the rustic beauty and sophistication, and they are the result of a hard, creative labor process from artisans.
You can buy carved products in Vietnam at a reasonable price.
8. Vietnamese cookbooks
If you love Vietnamese food and enjoy cooking, purchasing some Vietnamese cookbooks would be a fantastic idea.
If you are a coffee lover, it would be a miss if you haven’t tried Vietnamese coffee. In fact, Vietnam has long been famous as one of the largest coffee exporting countries in the world.
You can find coffee anywhere in the country, from local markets, cafes, shopping malls to coffee companies.
Tea is one of the favorite drinks of Vietnamese people of all ages, and it plays an essential role in Vietnamese culture.
There are three main types of tea: green tea, black tea, and aromatic tea. Green and black teas are appreciated because people believe they offer a unique and pure flavor, combining both sweetness and bitterness.
Having a conversation about tea with friends on a gloomy day, or just serving yourself a pitcher of tea, along with some favorite cookies and music, can make your day more enjoyable.
In Vietnam, you can buy tea at many stores and markets, which can be easily found anywhere in the country.
In Vietnam, especially Phu Quoc, pepper is a popular gift choice of travelers.
Phu Quoc pepper is famous for its quality, taste, and smell. There are three types of pepper, including black, white, and red pepper. You can also find some products such as red pepper honey tea or caramel pepper sauce.
14. Leather goods
Vietnam is also famous for its leather products such as leather jackets, leather shoes, and leather accessories, including belts, wallets, and handbags.
Hoi An is my favorite town to buy leather products in Vietnam. Many stores offer different sizes and models, so you can easily pick ones.
A tip for buying handmade leather products is to carefully observe from keychains, seams, inner lining, font size to leather quality. If it’s genuine leather, these details are very sophisticated and meticulous.
15. Tailor-made clothes
Wandering Hoi An old town, especially on the main roads like Tran Phu, you will see dozens of tailor shops with different trendy models and colors.
As Hoi An tailors are famous for their skills, don’t miss this chance to have your tailored-made clothes. These shops usually offer 24-hour service, so you can get your products shortly after ordered.