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Souvenirs in Vietnam | What to Buy & Where to Buy Them

Souvenirs in Vietnam | What to Buy & Where to Buy Them

Vietnam has an abundance of souvenirs to buy to take back to your loved ones home. The cliche souvenirs to bring home are the Vietnam t-shirt and cone hat but the options run much more deeper then that. Weather it is handicrafts made by the local villagers of Sapa or custom tailored suit in Hoi An you have most likely too much to choose from. Read on for a list of the most unique and precious souvenirs to bring back home from Vietnam.

Vietnamese Wooden Handcraft

Where ever you find yourself in Vietnam you will find an abundance of hand crafted wooden dishes, cups, cutlery, chopsticks and anything else. The designs on them are often hand made with locally inspired prints and drawings. You will find them being sold on most markets and tourism hot spots throughout the country. Hoi An is surely the best place in terms of variety of wooden handicraft but you will have several other options throughout the country. Below are some tips for great spots to buy locally crafted woodwork throughout Vietnam.

Vietnam Handcraft Co: 1/194 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam handicraft company limited has been in operation since 2010 in Hanoi. The the aim is to supply sustainably produced products. You will find a great selection of products made from bamboo, rattan, sea-grass, palm leaf, coconut, jute, willow and more.

Chie Design: 51 Hàng Gai, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Víetnam

At Chie Design you will find a wide selection of products produced by artist among the Lao, Thai, H’mong and Dao ethnic groups of northern Vietnam. Head to their shop right in the heart of Ha Noi by Hoan Kiem Lake and check out their wonderful selection of products.

Tailored Suit in Hoi An

Suits and Ho An have become synonymous with each other over the years, the ancient trading port is certainly up there in one of the best places in the world to get a tailored suit. The streets of Hoi An are lined with tailors offering fabrics from every corner of the globe. Below are some of the top rated tailors in Hoi An to find that perfect suit.

A Don Silk: 40 Lê Lợi, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam

Established in 1997, A Dong Silk is a leader in bespoke personal tailoring in Vietnam. It has earned a global reputation for delivering modern, stylish, high quality garments that fit all body types, perfectly.

Vanda Tailors : 631 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Víetnam

One of the more reputable tailors in Hoi An over the past years, they own their facility and all their machines making them totally in control of the quality of suit that they produce, not relying on outsourcing at all unlike many of the tailors in Hoi An.

Vietnamese Cook Book

While you eventually will leave the borders of Vietnam the taste of Vietnam will forever stay with you. Getting a cook book to bring back home to give to a friend or try on your own is surely one of the best investments you can make during your stay. Below are some recommendations of places to check out to find the perfect cook book to bring back home.

BOA Bookstore:  6 Công Trường Quốc Tế, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh

BOA bookstore is hands down the best English speaking bookstore in Ho Chi Minh and arguably Vietnam. You will find and abundance of terrific Vietnamese cook books here and a wide selection of all other categories as well. Boa is one of the first bookstores in Vietnam that began specializing in selling English speaking books.

Bookworm: 44 Châu Long, Trúc Bạch, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

Established in 2001 as Hanoi’s exclusive English language bookshop. With more then 20000 English books from all genres this is certainly the place to go in Ha Noi to find your perfect cook book. The Bookworm strives to be an ethical company and are working in partnership with several charities as well as offering employment to under privileged students.

Vietnamese Coffee

To many people’s surprise Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world after Brazil. The local Vietnamese coffee has a very distinct flavor profile due to it being produced out of Robusta coffee beans as opposed to the traditional Arabica. Bringing a bag of Vietnamese coffee back home is a great idea for you or to give as a gift to a friend.

Weasel Coffee

If you book a Dalat day tour on motorcycle you will get a chance to visit a Weasel Coffee Plantation. Weasel coffee is made from coffee beans that have been digested by Weasel so it is often referred to as “shit coffee”. Despite the rather revolting nickname Weasel Coffee is actually the creme de la creme of coffee in Vietnam and is sold at a much higher price then regular coffee. Getting a back of Weasel Coffee to bring back home is sure to impress your friends and family.

Ao Dai

Ao Dai

Ao Dai is a traditional Vietnamese garment that is traditionally worn by women. “Ao” translates to shirt and “Dai” means long. Ao Dai fashion is often linked to patriotic feelings and is commonly worn during national holidays such as Tet. For those who want to bring the garment home Designer Le Si Hoang is a celebrity in Vietnam and his shop in Saigon is the place to visit for those who want to admire or purchase the dress. In Hanoi tourist go to Luong Van Can Street to purchase the dress.