BEST SOUVENIRS FROM VIETNAM FOR TOURISTS

Besides nature's beauty, historical relics, etc., Vietnamese souvenirs especially handcrafted gifts with unique and catchy processes, also attract tourists a lot. This following article may be the best answer for the question “What souvenir to buy in Vietnam?”

Table Contents
  • I - Traditional Vietnamese souvenirs 
  • 1 - Ao Dai (Long dress in Vietnam)
  • 2 - Conical hat
  • 3 - Silk
  • 4 - Folk paintings
  • 5 - Lacquer paintings                                        
  • II - Vietnam war souvenirs for sale
  • III - Nuts and fruit cakes
  • 1 - Coffee
  • 2 - Pepper
  • 3 - Coconut candy
  • 4 - Nuggets
Jan 21
Souvenirs in Vietnam
Source: Vu Pham Van
 Top 4 tips for tourists when shopping for souvenirs in Vietnam:
- Tourists should buy souvenirs in stores that already have the listed prices instead of buying in street vendors, as they tend to overcharge the items..
- Please consider the stores before deciding to buy. In fact, most stores in a given area offer the same items, but if you find a price higher in the first store than you referenced, try another store nearby, maybe the items will be better priced.
- Bargaining often occurs in Vietnam. You need to know the estimated price of the product first and then suggest a more suitable price for the seller. One tip for you when you bargain is that you should not bargain in the early morning.
- Most local Vietnamese stores only accept VND, so make sure you have Vietnamese currency available for your transaction.

I - Traditional Vietnamese souvenirs 

1 - Ao Dai (Long dress in Vietnam)

Ao Dai souvenirs from Vietnam
Ao Dai - Source: Vietflowers
This is a traditional Vietnamese dress, representing a woman's graceful beauty. The Ao dai is usually made of silk, brocade, velvet, etc., and visitors can easily buy or order the traditional ao dai in major provinces/cities of Vietnam. Some famous Ao Dai brands are:
The Peony Ao Dai: No. 2 Duy Tan, Dich Vong Hau, Cau Giay, Hanoi or 103 Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh City. Price from 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 VND/set (~ 215.52- 431.03 USD).
Hoa Po Lang Ao Dai: No. 419 Hai Ba Trung, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; 71 Ton Duc Thang, Group 18, Phuoc Hai, Long Thanh, Dong Nai or 37 Nguyen Van Troi, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province. Price is about 420,000 VND/set (~ 18.10 USD).
Thanh Mai Ao Dai: No. 428 Hai Ba Trung or No. 275 Cau Giay. The price is about 500,000-4,000,000 VND / pot (~ 21.55- 172.41 USD).
Bebe Tailor Hoi An: 40 Tran Hung Dao - Phone number 0235 3923 399. Price is about 700,000 - 5,000,000 VND/set (~ 30.17 - 215.52 USD).
Imperial Maid Aodai (Cung Nu):  Number 46 Dinh Cong Trang, Thuan Thanh Ward, Hue City, phone number: 0234 3519 519. The price ranges from 700,000 VND/set (~ 30.17 USD). 

2 - Conical hat

Conical hat Vietnam souvenirs
Conical hats - Source: Binh Dang Nam
This gift from Vietnam is an important cultural symbol. The product is used to shield the rain, shade the sun and create fans of the Vietnamese people. A friendly and rustic Vietnamese holding a hat is a very beautiful symbol in the eyes of international tourists. Vietnam has numerous conical hat craft villages such as Dong Di village, Phu Cam village (Thua Thien Hue), Truong Giang village (Thanh Hoa), etc. Some places to buy beautiful conical hats in Vietnam are:
Chuong Village: No. 43, Lane 99/110/23 Dinh Cong Ha, Hoang Mai, Hanoi, the price is 30,000-40,000 VND / hat (1.29- 1.72 USD) /item.
Hue conical hats in Hanoi: No. 68 and number 76A Giai Phong, Phuong Mai, Dong Da, Hanoi, the price is about 100,000-130,000 VND / hat (4.31- 5.60 USD)/ item

3 - Silk

Silk Vietnamese gifts
Ha Dong Silk Village - Source: Congluan
The best silk in Vietnam is the one woven from silkworms. Silk products are thin, light, and non-wrinkle and beloved by many people. To buy this traditional Vietnamese gifts there are many craft villages producing traditional silk fabrics such as:
Van Phuc Silk Village - Ha Dong (Hanoi): The village is over a thousand years old, with many shops selling a lot of silk fabrics and silk products.
Nha Xa Silk Village (Ha Nam): The craft village is estimated to have been formed in the late 13th and early 14th century in Vietnam. There are outstanding silk products here such as: Nha Xa silk, Nha Xa flower-patterned silk, linen, etc.
Tan Chau (An Giang): Tan Chau craft village was born in the early 20th century with the production of silk sheets with many colors such as pink, purple, blue,...

4 - Folk paintings

Painting traditional Vietnamese souvenir
Folk paintings - Source: Mytour
Folk paintings have a very ancient origin, expressing the essence and cultural values of the country, so they should be preserved, maintained and developed along with Vietnamese history. Folk paintings are not only the property of the folk painting villages but also the common property of the Vietnamese people. This traditional vietnamese souvenir is often engraved on wooden plates drawn with natural materials. Some famous folk painting villages in Vietnam are:
Dong Ho folk paintings in Bac Ninh: born in the early 17th century, the line of paintings reflects the most ordinary things in life as well as social relationships in rural North Vietnam. Some famous paintings are: Coconut Picking, Jealousy, Rat's wedding, Richness, etc.
Hang Trong paintings in Hanoi: This line of paintings is mainly about worship. Some famous paintings: Five tigers, Market in the countryside, Guanyin,...
Pictures of Sinh village in Hue: The line of painting  mainly serves the religious needs of the people.
Calligraphy (known as the art of beautiful handwriting): Calligraphy not only shows the beautiful handwriting, but also sends the intentions and sentiments of the artist. This famous souvenir in Vietnam is often abundant at the end of the year, Tet holidays in Vietnam, etc., and usually in spiritual places such as temples and shrines. Vietnamese people often please calligraphy on New Year's Eve for their wish. Families with children who are preparing for an exam please calligraphy with a hope that their children will take a smooth exam.

5 - Lacquer paintings                                        

Famous souvenirs in Vietnam
Lacquer painting - Source: Duong Tri
Lacquerware: Lacquer is the technique of using traditional paint materials to paint on a black background, then using the lacquer technique to create handicrafts or lacquer paintings. Vietnam possesses famous lacquer craftsmanship such as Dinh Bang village in Bac Ninh, Tuong Binh Hiep village in Binh Duong,...

II - Vietnam war souvenirs for sale

War items are associated with war in the Vietnamese history. It reminds Vietnamese people and tells foreign tourists about the difficult time of the country. Visitors can buy these items when visiting places linked with the history of wars in Vietnam such as: Con Dao in Kien Giang, Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Moc tunnels in Quang Tri, the My Lai massacre memorial area in Quang Ngai, etc. Here visitors can buy war items such as soldier's hats, rubber sandals, soldiers' uniforms, etc.

III - Nuts and fruit cakes

Nuts and fruit cakes as gifts are dried and preserved for a long time and packed  packages are allowed on the plane.

1 - Coffee

Vietnamese gifts ideas
Source: Internet
Vietnamese coffee has a strong flavor that always impresses visitors when they come to visit. Most famous of all is weasel coffee with a very special aroma. Especially Vietnamese coffee is brewed with a filter where the coffee drips by drops, thereby retaining more flavor than brewed by machine. Some famous coffee brands in Vietnam are: Trung Nguyen coffee, Vinacafe, etc.

2 - Pepper

This souvenir of Vietnam is a spice used fresh or dried, also a valuable folk medicine in Vietnam. Some places famous for pepper in Vietnam are Phu Quoc Pepper Garden in Kien Giang, Central Highlands,...
Salted dry apricot: Salted dry apricot are products processed from fruits such as apricots, plums, dracontomelon, and star fruit. They are marinated, dried, fried, dried in the sun, then combined with sugar, salt, ginger, etc., to create an attractive dish with many flavors and is also a tonic in medicine. Some famous apricot brands include O mai Hong Lam, O mai Van Loi, O Mai Ba Thu,...

3 - Coconut candy

This is a specialty candy made from malt sugar and coconut rice. In Vietnam, coconut candy is a specialty of Ben Tre, a place of immense coconut palms. Some famous brands of delicious coconut candy are Hong Van coconut candy, Yen Huong coconut candy, etc. 
Cashew: Cashew nuts are rich in nutrition and are classified as healthy foods. Cashew nuts can be processed in various ways. They can be roasted by firewood, roasted in salt or marinated in butter, dried, etc. There are many well-known regions in Vietnam where cashew nuts are grown such as the Central Highlands, Southeast or South Central Coast,...

4 - Nuggets

Nuggets are made from sticky rice that is roasted and sifted until all the rice husks are gone. Some famous places selling this speciality are Vong Village Green Rice, Thanh Huong Green Rice in Thai Binh, Phan Thiet Green Rice in Binh Thuan,...


What souvenir to buy in Vietnam

Source: Wikipedia

Souvenirs in Vietnam are diversified and bear a strong national cultural identity. At the end of the trip, visitors can buy one or a few souvenirs that were mentioned above so that whenever looking at them, they will miss Vietnam - an S-shaped country in Southeast Asia. 

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