Souvenir shopping has always been a part of every holiday trip, making the experience a lot more fun and memorable. In Vietnam, souvenir items range from local handicrafts to eye-catching ornaments, delicious food and unique cultural finds. Get ready for some serious Vietnam shopping spree as we feature must-buy souvenir items in today’s Vietnam travel guide!
How about starting your Vietnam shopping with the traditional silk? Silk in Vietnam can be bought in local markets but Van Phuc, a silk village and one of the places to visit in Hanoi is a popular shop especially for this souvenir item. During the earlier days, silk has always been considered luxurious, especially since it was manufactured only for the Vietnamese royalty. Today, it is easily available for everyone and is used to make scarves for both men and women.
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Traditional desserts are one of the popular Vietnamese food one has to try during their trip. Made with home-grown ingredients and provincial specialties such as peanuts, durian, and coconut, these traditional desserts with unique textures are sold as candies, dried fruits and crackers, all delicious and flavourful!
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If you want something unique to take home as souvenir from your Vietnam trip, purchase one or two sand paintings! These sand paintings display excellent craftsmanship of the locals from Central Vietnam who use collected sand from different beaches and sand dunes in the country and paint them with natural colours. These wonderful souvenirs are beautiful display you can add to your home!
One of the cultural symbols of Vietnam is the colonial hat also known as Non La. Worn by locals regardless of age, status or gender, the non la is used to protect themselves from the sun and also used during special occasions. You can choose from a wide range of non la which includes those that are made specifically as tourist souvenirs.
Vietnamese coffee is slowly becoming one of the world’s most famous beverages, thanks to its robust, aromatic flavour. It’s easy to get yourself a cup of freshly brewed coffee during your trip because you can find quaint cafés in almost every corner in Vietnam! When it’s time to go back home though, you don’t necessarily have to say goodbye to your daily consumption of authentic Vietnamese coffee especially if you include this to your Vietnam shopping list! Make sure to purchase the local coffee powder, traditional tin filters and condensed milk so you can enjoy Vietnamese coffee in your homeland!
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