Everyone who travels loves to buy gifts for their family and friends after their trip. Indeed, shopping is a way to immerse yourself in local cultures during holidays. Vietnam is a famous tourist destination for its diversity of culture features, alongside thousands of specialties. It has a wide range of choices for souvenirs, including the decorative and the food ones. These kinds of souvenirs have their own charms that are really worth purchasing. This article will give you 20 things to buy in Vietnam, followed by useful information. Check it out!

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1. Ao dai – The national costume of Vietnam

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Ao dai is the national costume of Vietnam. It is the combination of elegant tight fitted dress and long stylish pants. Ao dai is a highlight in Vietnamese fashion, which follows both traditional and temporary styles, symbolizing for Vietnamese feminine beauty. Because Ao dai is available at many stores through the country, you can easily find a suitable one for yourself or for gifts. Normally, this outfit is already in the ready-to-buy form, but if you want to make some priority with the material and the design, you can buy the cloths first and then order at some tailor’s, but it does certainly cost higher.

Hanoi, Hue, Hoian and Ho Chi Minh are the 4 places that are the most famous for Ao dai. Ao dai is suitable for all women at all ages. It will be such a surprising gift for your mother, your sister or your grandmother. The price of a set of Ao dai may vary, depending on different designs, materials, quality, and colors.

Price: VND 500,000 – VND 2,000,000/set

Where to buy Ao dai in Vietnam?

Where to buy ao dai in Hanoi?

  • Ao dai Minh Duc – 41 Dang Tien Dong Street, Trung Liet Ward, Dong Da District
  • Huu la la – 30 Hang Bong Street, Hang Gai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
  • Thanh Mai – 428 Bach Mai Street, Truong Dinh Ward, Hai Ba Trung District
Where to buy Ao dai in Hue?

  • Ao dai Minh Tan – 57 Nguyen Sinh Cung Street, Vy Da Ward, Hue City
  • Ao dai Bich Thuy – 47 Vo Thi Sau Street, Phu Hoi Ward, Hue City
Where to buy Ao dai in Ho Chi Minh City?

  • Ao dai Ngoc Chau – 148 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 3, District 3
  • Ao dai Lien Huong – 111 Pasteur Street, Ward 8, District 3

2. Silk – The high-fashion and charming material

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Silk, or “lụa” in Vietnamese, which used to be considered as a luxurious material, was worn by the Imperials and high class. Also, Ao dai, which is the traditional costume, is often handmade of silk. Nowadays, Vietnamese designers use it to create high-fashion items which are to appear in famous fashion shows. Though Italia, Chinese, Japanese silks have good reputations, Vietnamese silk gains its own distinctive charm in the area and it is absolutely one of the best things to buy in Vietnam.

When it comes to Vietnamese silk, you can easily get access to some traditional villages where silk is still made on conventional handlooms and hence gives the best textiles. It is highly recommended that you buy it at Van Phuc silk village in Hanoi. However, as silk is sold widely in Vietnam, you can also find it in any markets or silk stores, especially on Hang Gai Street of Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoian Ancient Town and Ho Chi Minh City. Normally, these stores sell silk fabric, but sometimes and other silk items such as scarf, bag, tie, etc are available.

Price: VND 150,000/meter

Where to buy Silk in Vietnam?

Where to buy Silk in Hanoi?

  • Khai Silk – 96 Hang Gai Street, Hang Gai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
  • Le Minh – 79-111 Hang Gai Street, Hang Gai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
Where to buy Silk in Hoi An?

  • Bao Khanh Silk – 101 Tran Hung Dao Street, Son Phong Ward
  • B’lan Silk – 23 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward
Where to buy Silk in Ho Chi Minh City?

Thai Tuan Silk – 419 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3

3. Conical hats – a symbol of Vietnamese agriculture

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Conical hat, or straw hat, has long been the symbol of Vietnam, it stems from a legend related to Vietnam’s rice-growing culture. Being in the shape of a circular cone, conical hats are made of palm leaves, bamboo cataphylls and is an ideal souvenir for tourists traveling to Vietnam. This stuff is kinda versatile when can be used in any weather conditions to help users feel more comfortable. Also, nowadays, there are a variety of types, varying in designs, alongside with sizes and quantity, which makes it easier to select.

Conical hat is the most suitable for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening. You can find this souvenir at almost all souvenir shops along the country with a cheap price. But it is highly recommended for you to buy conical hat directly at some villages such as Chuong conical hat village (Hanoi), Phu Cam conical hat village, Tay Ho conical hat village (Hue).

Price: VND 10,000 – VND 50,000

Where to buy conical hats in Vietnam?

Where to buy conical hats in Hanoi?

Dong Xuan Market – Hang Khoai Street, Dong Xuan Ward, Hoan Kiem District

Where to buy conical hats in Hue?

Dong Ba Market – 2 Tran Hung Dao, Phu Hoa Ward, Hue City

Where to buy conical hats in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ben Thanh Market – Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

4. Hand embroidery – The special gift for your precious ones

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Vietnam is famous for embroidery art. The products include embroidered quilts, bed sheets, pillowcase, table runners, bags, clothes, scarfs, purses, nightdresses, etc. Hanoi is a great place to purchase this kind of product because there is a wide range of in selection, quality, and price. Also, if you have a chance to visit Sapa, you can get access to different villages of the valley, where you can see how handmade embroidery products are made and buy them in the local markets. The best items are usually found on special cotton and linen and the best designs. Anybody who appreciates hard work and culture will definitely like these beautiful handmade gifts. This is an ideal option for gifts to those who are passionate about culture or just simply the special ones in your life (mother, wife, girlfriend)

Price: depending on different products (bags, clothes, pillowcase, bedsheets,etc), ranging from VND 50,000 to VND VND 1,000,000

Where to buy hand embroidery in Vietnam?

Where to buy hand embroidery in Hanoi?

  • Tan My Design – 61 Hang Gai Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District
  • May Store – 7 Nha Tho Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District