Are you interested in Vietnamese souvenirs?
If so, then check out our guide below to the top gifts you should take back from your next trip to Vietnam. Whether you’re planning the end of an unforgettable trip to Vietnam, or just dreaming of your next vacation, we have you covered.
One of the most popular souvenirs in Vietnam is silk, the material woven from the cocoons of the silkworm.
It is a luxurious material that you can find throughout the country. Plus, silk is more affordable these days, so tourists have a better chance of purchasing their favorites to take home with them.
The best place to buy Vietnamese silk is in Hoi An
Non La (Conical Hat)
Non La, or the circular cone hat, is made of bamboo cataphylls.
It is a cultural symbol that differs in style and color depending on the region you are in.
They are worn all year, to protect the wearers from rain during the wet seasons and for shade and protection during the warmer months.
Wear a Non La and blend in with the locals
Hand Embroidery and Handmade Jewelry
Hand-embroidered pieces are another attractive option if you are looking to take a souvenir home with you.
Many pieces of clothing and framed silk pictures contain natural scenes that are stitched one thread at a time, such as:
In some areas, tourists can even explain or sketch their specific idea to the artist who can create a personalized rendition for you to take home.
Handmade jewelry in Vietnam is also among the topmost delicate items to collect on your trip to Vietnam. The price for each piece is not as high as fancy brands, but the quality is well worth the money.
Vietnamese handmade jewelry bears significant oriental features
Ao Dai is Vietnam’s national costume, which is often a popular souvenir.
There are 3 main styles of this long dress. The “trendy” dress reaches the floor and fits the curves of the body as it is more form-fitting. The “hippy” dress is brightly colored for teenagers, while the “mini” only extends to the knees.
You purchase an Ao Dai by first picking out the fabric, and then having a tailor create the dress, which usually takes about a week.
The best Ao Dao, however, is tailor-made to your style and body figure. See here for The Best Tailors in Ho Chi Minh City
Guoc moc, or wooden clogs, are a traditional footwear option for men and women.
Though a little outdated these days, you can still find these shoes during important festivals or special town events like the Cai Luong or Ca Tru performances.
They may be hard to find, as they are considered old-fashioned, but would make an impression once you brought them home.
Sand and Wood Paintings
Sand painting is the artwork created by pouring colorful sand and powdered pigments on a sticky surface and fixating it with spray, so it doesn’t come off again.
There is another kind of sand painting that is created by pouring colorful sand in a glass mug or vase so that the layers create a beautiful piece of art.
Wood paintings, on the other hand, are intricate carvings on thin pieces of wood to create a beautiful painting. The most impressive thing about wood paintings is that you can also get to see the artists bringing their artwork to life.
These mostly feature landscapes, portraits, labor scenes, and calligraphy artworks.
Other Interesting Vietnamese Souvenirs You Can Buy
Shopping in Vietnam is always fun, not only is it a golden opportunity to experience the local lifestyle, but there are actually plentiful items to choose from and buy for your family. Some other favorite Vietnamese souvenirs are:
Collectible figures and statues of Vietnamese folk characters
Postcards in Vietnam come in different shapes and sizes, and you can even send home a creative postcard right from the Saigon Central Post Office
T-shirts made in Vietnam are cheap and of high quality
Places to Buy Vietnamese Souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City
On the streets of District 1 and in almost every tourist attraction, you’ll be able to find a souvenir store with various items for you to choose from. In case you would like to go on a shopping spree and look for more souvenir options, make your way to Ben Thanh Market.
Make sure to bargain when shopping at a Vietnamese market
Bottom Line of Buying Vietnamese Gifts
Enjoy your next trip to Vietnam, and consider purchasing one of these gift ideas when you’re there!
If you need more help traveling in Vietnam, contact our team at i Tour Vietnam.