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Vietnam Shopping: 10 Things to Buy in a Vietnamese Market

When visiting any local Vietnamese market, a variety of unique items bring out the iconic and traditional Vietnamese cultures. This blog recommends 10 things to buy in a Vietnamese market that remind you of your extraordinary journey in Vietnam.

Ao Dai – Things to Buy in a Vietnamese Market

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As one of the most gorgeous traditional Vietnamese dresses, the Ao Dai is often worn on special occasions in Vietnam, such as Tet (Lunar New Year), weddings, and national holidays. In the past, Ao Dai was a luxury attire dressed for formal meetings and weddings. Nowadays, some Vietnamese choose Ao Dai as casual or fashionable wear.

When visiting the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, you will sometimes see Vietnamese women wearing Ao Dai getting their photos taken for a photo shoot for weddings or school graduation. Though ready-made ao dai is available at a reasonable price, the ideal option is to have it tailor-made. You can visit the local markets to pick out a fabric – we recommend authentic silk – and bring it to a tailor for a custom-made design.

Traditional Vietnamese Scarf – Khan Ran

Another Vietnamese souvenir to buy is the traditional scarf that local farmers still use. This Vietnam shopping item is popular with people who reside in the countryside working on ride paddy fields, particularly in the Mekong Delta region. This customary shawl is derived from Cambodia’s chequered scarf, which has many uses, covering the face, neck, and head, or wrapping around the shoulders or waists. Traditionally, these scarves are worn around the neck to protect from heat, wind, and rain. Nowadays, people also wear it as a fashion item. You can find this souvenir at Vietnamese local markets.

Conical Hat (Non La)

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Vietnamese conical hats have appeared in many Vietnamese stories, myths, and wars for hundreds of years. It is worn and kept on the head by a chin strap made of cloth. The conical hat is made of straw and is light in weight, primarily used to protect from the sun and rain. It is not only widely used by farmers in the rice paddy fields, but it is also popular among homemakers for grocery shopping at the local markets. Today, this leaf hat has become part of Vietnam’s national costume.

Vietnam Landscape Paintings

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With many travelers coming to Vietnam each year, they cannot help but be in awe by the breathtaking landscape, like the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ha Long Bay. When visiting the north of Vietnam, you should take home a landscape painting of the terraced rice fields and beautiful topography.

Tropical Vietnamese Fruits

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Vietnam is not only famous for its picturesque views and the friendliness of the people, but it also has a tropical diversity of fruits. When you visit, try locally grown Vietnamese fruits, such as jackfruit, rambutan, dragon fruit, plums, etc.

A great Vietnam shopping item to get is dried jackfruits or coconut candy. It usually expires up to six months, so it will make a great souvenir gift. You can find this at the local markets and supermarkets.

Vietnamese Coffee


Drinking coffee is part of Vietnamese culture. You can spot locals drinking coffee on the streets or at local cafes throughout the day. On your trip to Vietnam, especially to the highlands, you should bring home some freshly roasted Vietnamese coffee as souvenirs. Read more on our guide to drinking Vietnamese coffee.

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Vietnamese T-shirts

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A typical and affordable Vietnamese souvenir is a t-shirt inspired by local cultures and lifestyles. The shirt costs about VND 55,000 (approximately USD 3). The designs vary from funny ones to ones showing national pride, and bringing home a t-shirt makes a memorable souvenir from Vietnam.


This is a toy for children and a common sport among adults doing light exercises at the parks. The rule of the game is to kick and pass the shuttlecocks from one player to another without letting them touch the ground. Occasionally, tourists will participate in a game with the locals at the public parks. If you want to bring home games for the children to play outdoors, this shuttlecock makes a great souvenir.

Vietnamese Paper/Silk Hand Fan

When traveling in a tropical country like Vietnam, paper hand fans come in handy and can help with the heat. This paper fan is a work of art made from bamboo wood and paper or silk. The skillful workmen handcraft most of the fans. Some creative artists sometimes draw amazing natural Vietnamese landscapes onto paper fans to enhance their uniqueness. This traditional art is still a familiar and popular item in Vietnamese daily life, making it a great souvenir.

Wooden Vietnamese Statues

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Another charming Vietnamese souvenir you can buy is the hand-carved wooden statues. Sculpturing the figures is an ancestral art that depicts the local lifestyle and culture. A special tiny wooden Vietnamese statue makes an excellent souvenir for your family members from Vietnam.

Summary of the Things to Buy in a Vietnamese Market

There are other exciting things you can find at the Vietnamese markets, but these souvenirs above make great memories and remind visitors of their Vietnam trip.

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