Part of traveling and experiencing a new country is creating memories that will last a lifetime. Sometimes it’s hard to remember everything from your trip, which is why nearly all of our guests take home souvenirs to remind them of their experiences. It’s important to remember that you have to travel home with the things you buy, so don’t buy items that are too big for your luggage.
We love making suggestions for our guests and will make sure to take you to shops where you can buy things that are unique to Vietnam. This is just a short list of some of the most popular items that our guests like to take home:
Vietnamese Tea is a Must
The Vietnamese culture drinks a lot of tea and it’s one of the most commonly purchased souvenirs for our guests. Tea can be bought in many of the larger cities in Vietnam. Your average bag of tea can be bought anywhere from $5.00 to $8.00. Naturally teas with flavoring cost a little extra.
If you happened to try the coffee in Vietnam and like it then taking some home with you would make a great souvenir. Coffee from the Central Highlands / Trung Nguyen will cost around $4.00 and Arabica coffee will cost more.
Take Home Clothing
Buying clothes as a keepsake is another great choice if you’re planning on having a souvenir from your trip. The best part about clothing is that it will last a lifetime. In a lot of cases items like scarves are handmade from locals and we recommend buying directly from them. If clothing has made it into a shop there is a good chance the person who made it wasn’t properly paid for their work.
Prices for clothing will vary depending on what you get, but to give you an idea a handmade scarf should cost you about $2.00. As the pattern becomes more detailed and the fabric improves, it will naturally cost more. Bigger items like shirts and jackets will cost closer to $15.00 or more. Whether it’s something you wear back home or not, having a piece of Vietnam clothing will make a great memory.
Lacquerware is quite popular in Vietnam. Visitors will be able to find small dishes for about $1.00 and larger dishes for about $3.00. The quality of lacquerware varies significantly and the price will obviously reflect the processes used to make it. Just about all souvenir shops will have these items for you to buy and you’ll have plenty of options. They’re especially popular in the cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. If you are interested in purchasing large pieces, we can assist you in having it shipped back to your home.
Ceramics and Pottery Will Last a Lifetime
If you’re looking for a souvenir that will last you forever, consider taking home some authentic Vietnamese pottery. Quality varies significantly, ranging from porcelain to clay. Most of the pieces are relatively cheap, typically costing $2.00 for plates and $1.00 for a cup. For some of the highest quality pieces, prices will naturally be more expensive. Ceramics and pottery from Vietnam make for greats gifts for people back home.
Embroidery and Silk Items are a Great Choice
Tourists who are looking for a souvenir that is made by a local can also buy hand-embroidered items. Like everything else tourists can buy, the price will depend on the quality of the work and the materials used to make it. Some Vietnamese people make better products than others. We’ll be able to help you find the best product for the best price.
Silk is a common fabric in Vietnam and a lot of items are made from it. In China items made with silk are often bright colors, but in Vietnam silk item colors are softer and more muted. Once again quality depends on the craftsmanship and size of the product. We’ll make sure to guide you on what to buy and where to find the highest quality of work.