Everybody loves to bring something home that remembers them of the country they visited. Vietnam is no exception since there’re so many beautiful handicrafts and traditional things that you want to bring back home. Some of the souvenirs in Vietnam are useful, works as great gifts for your loved ones or maybe as a beautiful home decor. In Vietnam, you will for sure find a souvenir that you like as the country offers so much. If you’re not sure what to buy while visiting Vietnam, then you should check out this list of the top 12 souvenirs in Vietnam!
1. Conical Hat / Straw Hat
Non La is a circular cone hat made out of bamboo cataphylls and is a souvenir you must bring back home. The hat is today a cultural symbol for the country where the style can vary from region to region. This hat is worn by the locals all year around, while it protects them from the rain and it also provides shade and protection from the sun.
2. Ao Dai – Vietnamese Traditional Dress
The Ao Dai is a long dress and is worn by the Vietnamese women in Vietnam. This long dress has been a national costume in the country since the 18th century. The dress comes in three different styles and can be specially handmade for you at one of Vietnam’s specialized Ao Dai tailors.
If you’re a fan of silk fabrics, then you’re going to love Vietnam. Here you can buy scarfs, silk painting and suits or clothes with the best quality. In the country you will find silk fabrics with beautiful patterns, in different colors and sizes – all made on traditional hand looms. One of the best places to buy silk is in Hoi An and also in Van Phuc (a silk village near Hanoi).
4. Handmade Vietnamese Embroidery
Embroidery is an art that has been passed down from ages in Vietnam. Here they often use Chinese techniques, and to become an embroidery master it can take 8 to 10 years. If you ever visit Sa Pa, you can buy great embroidered clothes, scarfs, bags and purses from the different villages of the valley. In Sa Pa, you can also see how they handmade embroidery by the main square during the evening market!
5. Vietnam Coffee
Vietnamese coffee beans can be found just about anywhere in Vietnam, from local markets and quaint cafes to shopping malls and international airports. Hanoi is arguably the epicenter of Vietnam’s café culture, where you can get a 1kg bag of whole or ground Robusta beans for about USD4. With numerous branches in Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City, Trung Nguyen is one of the most popular local coffee brands in Vietnam.
6. Lacquer ware
Lacquerware is a traditional form of craftsmanship commonly used on furniture, dishes, bowls, vases and paintings, which takes up to four months to produce. There are several galleries along Hang Bac Street in Hanoi and An Dong Craft Market in Ho Chi Minh City selling high quality lacquerware at reasonable prices, many of which depicting mythical creatures and the daily lives of the Vietnamese. Prices typically start at VND 200,000 for a saucer-sized product while lacquer paintings cost VND 2,000,000 upwards.
7. Guoc Moc
Guoc Moc is traditional wooden clogs that are used by both males and females in Vietnam. Years ago, the women of Vietnam used to wear these together clogs together with the traditional Ao Dai dress. Today, the clogs are not that popular among the locals – but they can still be found in many stores around the country.
8. Musical Instruments
The handmade musical instruments are also a favorite souvenir in Vietnam. Here you can buy instruments like; bamboo flutes and mini t’rungs. These instruments make sweet tones and will remember you of Vietnam every time you’re making music. The price for t’rung’s usually ranging from VND 300,000 to VND 1,000,000 and a simple bamboo flute cost around VND 10,000.
9. Hand Fan
The hand fans in Vietnam is usually made of paper and a bamboo frame. This is one of the souvenirs that are frequently used by the locals to cool off. These hand fans have played a major role in the country’s rich culture, and can today be seen in traditional Vietnamese dance. You can find these hand fans made of silk paper all around the country since it’s one of the best souvenirs in Vietnam.
10. Bamboo Dragonfly
One souvenir that you only can find in Vietnam is the bamboo dragonfly. This is a fun and unique gift to give to a friend or family member. The cool thing about these dragonflies is that they stand by its mouth on any surface, even on your finger.
11. Vietnamese Paintings
Oh wow, where should I start? The Vietnamese paintings are incredible throughout the country. The colors, motives, and art techniques are just amazing. Here you can buy silk paintings, rice paintings, and folk woodcut paintings. Most of the paintings are very colorful and tell you stories about famous Vietnamese people or famous sights in the country!
12. Pearl Jewelry
Pearl farms are mainly found in coastal locations such as Ha Long Bay and Van Phong Bay, with Saigon Pearls widely known as the best place in Vietnam for authentic pearls and jewellery. Located in Nha Trang, this home-grown brand has several showrooms selling necklaces, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and rings at VND 3,000,000 upwards. If you’re not a fan of pearls, accessories made with gold and colourful gemstones are available as well.