10 Vietnam Souvenirs You Should Buy

By | March 28, 2022

In Vietnam, there are many options for souvenirs. Each type of Vietnam souvenir has its unique points. This article will introduce the 10 best souvenirs to buy when traveling to Vietnam

1. Hats

The conical hat, or straw hat, has long been a symbol of Vietnam, stemming from a legend related to Vietnam’s rice-growing culture. Having the shape of a round cone, the conical hat is made of palm leaves and is an ideal souvenir for tourists to Vietnam.

This tool is very versatile as you can use it in all weather conditions to make the user feel more comfortable. In addition, today, there are many types, diverse in style, along with sizes and quantities, making it easier for you to choose.

Headwear is best suited for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening. You can find this souvenir at most souvenir shops across the country for a low price.

2. Hand Embroidered Paintings

Vietnam is famous for the art of embroidery. Products include embroidered blankets, bed sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths, bags, clothes, scarves, wallets, nightgowns, etc. Hanoi is a great place to buy this product as there is a wide selection, quality, and price.

Also, if you have a chance to go to Sapa, you can visit the various villages of the valley where you can see the handmade embroideries being produced and buy them at the local markets. The best items are often found on exceptional cotton and linen and the best designs.

Anyone who appreciates hard work and culture will enjoy these beautiful handmade gifts. This is an ideal choice as a gift for culture enthusiasts or simply the special people in your life (mom, wife, girlfriend)

3. Products from Bamboo & Wood

Bamboo and wooden products in Vietnam are two of the most popular things to buy in Vietnam that are sold in most tourist places in this country. All are handcrafted and available in a wide range of designs and colors.

Typical bamboo items are baskets, bowls, hats, decorations, chopsticks, and furniture. Wood products are pretty similar. These two products are not cheap, but also environmentally friendly. They are intelligent choices for your family.

4. Pottery

Pottery is another ideal Vietnamese souvenir that you can take home. A wide range of ceramic products includes beautiful vases, bowls, plates, and cups with different colors and patterns. All these ceramic items are handmade based on traditional methods.

5. Handicraft products

Ethnic handicrafts are an art form that includes products produced by minority groups living in Vietnam. Each group has its own distinct culture, described in its patterns and clothing styles.

The most popular items are scarves, bags, textiles, paintings, clothing items, and even furniture, all of which are unique and impressive things to buy in Vietnam.

Usually, these products are widely sold on most websites, but if you want to buy genuine ones, look for some stores that offer accurate handcrafted items, although they can be more expensive.

If you can travel to the Northern region or the Central Highlands region, you can observe the production process and buy these products directly. Travel is experience.

Vietnam Souvenirs

6. Vietnamese Paintings

Vietnamese painting is a unique product that depicts each moment of Vietnam in an iconic artistic way. Usually, there are many paint materials such as silk, sand, oil, etc., each with its characteristics and beauty.

Besides, these paintings are rich in colors, images, and meanings. Hanging these pictures on the wall is one of the unique ways to decorate your home.

It is not difficult to find a shop in Vietnam that offers these paintings as these paintings are sold at many souvenir shops and bookstores. However, the price can be pretty high compared to other souvenirs, but it is worth collecting.

7. Vietnamese Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are also a favorite souvenir in Vietnam because of Vietnamese music’s sweet melodies and other characteristics. Among them, bamboo flute erhu is the most popular choice. They are sometimes handmade and easy to handle.

They are widely used, and it is not difficult to find a Vietnamese musical instrument store. But by the way, check the tools carefully when buying because many products are not as good as they seem.

8. Calligraphy Works

Vietnamese calligraphy has become a meaningful custom in daily life and on some special occasions for a long time. Calligraphy refers to works that use scripts, including original Chinese and Latin characters, in different styles.

Calligraphy is an integral part of Vietnamese culture. This artwork is printed and sold on many street sidewalks or in bookstores. In addition, Hue and Hanoi are the two most famous places for calligraphy.

9. Vietnamese Coffee

If you are a coffee fan, it would be a mistake not to try and buy Vietnamese coffee beans. Vietnam has long been renowned as one of the world’s largest coffee exporters, and its Coffee sets itself apart from any other coffee in the world.

And as you may know, Buon Ma Thuot’s Coffee, produced in the Highland region, is a famous brand in the world coffee market. You can find Coffee anywhere in the country.

10. Vietnamese Tea Products

Tea is one of the favorite drinks of Vietnamese people of all ages, and it plays a vital role in Vietnamese culture. Sipped at any time of the day, this drink always brings peace to everyone, even when they are in their busiest time.

Usually, there are three main types of tea: green tea (green tea), black tea, and scented tea. While young people like aromatic teas, green and black teas are prized because they offer a unique and pure taste, combining sweetness and bitterness.

Having a talk about tea with friends on a dreary day or serving yourself a pot of tea, along with some cookies and favorite music, can certainly make your day more enjoyable. You can buy tea at many shops and traditional markets in Vietnam.

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Currently, I'm the founder and responsible for the content on Explore One Vietnam travel website. After many trips, I have accumulated a lot of experience in traveling to Vietnam, so I want to share these things with international tourists.

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