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Shopping in Vietnam: what to buy and where to shop

With arts, crafts and original designs all on offer in shops, markets and shopping centres, there’s no shortage of opportunities for shopping in Vietnam.

What to buy: typical Vietnamese goods

If you want to buy authentic reminders of your visit to Vietnam, look out for some of the most traditional goods the country is known for. Vietnam is a large silk producer, with a number of silk farms across the country, so silk clothing is a great way to make your Vietnam trip last longer. The Hoi An Silk Village is a great place to find silk clothing.

Shopping in Vietnam

For those who want a whole outfit, the ao dai is a national dress with versions for both men and women. Conical hats complete the look, and are made by hand from bamboo and other wooden materials.

Shopping in Vietnam

Pearls are also found in abundance, given Vietnam’s huge stretch of coastline. Pearl jewellery is therefore a great gift or souvenir. A number of pearl farms and pearl shops can be found in areas such as Halong Bay and Nha Trang.

shop Pearls in Vietnam

There’s a large community of artisans in Vietnam, meaning everything from intricately painted lacquerware to embroidered material can be found across the country. The best places to find these are in local markets.

Lacquer shop in Hanoi

In terms of other goods, Vietnamese coffee and traditional dipping sauces are also typical local things to look out for when shopping in Vietnam. Check what type of goods you’re allowed to bring back into your home country before buying anything.

Where to shop: markets and shops

When you’re in Hanoi, head to Hang Bac Street for painted goods and lacquerware. The Hanoi Weekend Night Market is also a great shopping experience, as is the slightly larger Dong Xuan Market. For silk goods, go to Hang Gai Street – known as Silk Street – or head a short distance out of the city to the Van Phuc Silk Village. For a shopping mall experience in Hanoi, try the Lotte Center or Trang Tien Plaza.

Trang Tien Plaza

When in Ho Chi Minh City, pay a visit to An Dong Craft Market for all manner of arts and crafts. The Cholon market – also known as Binh Tay Market – is another must-visit. For a shopping mall experience in the city, pay a visit to the Vincom Center or the Parkson Plaza Department Store. Dong Khoi Street is also popular for its many boutiques.

Binh Tay Market

In Ho An, get fitted for tailored clothes by the well-regarded tailors and dressmakers there. Hoi An is also known for the Hoi An Central Market, which sells everything from hand-made crafts to street food snacks, ideal for keeping you energised on shopping trips. Hoi An is also a great place for wandering the streets and exploring when on shopping trips, with plenty of individual and quirky stores out there to discover.

Hoi An Central Market

In Da Nang, the Han Market is popular and sells everything you can imagine, while over in Nha Trang, the Nha Trang Market is vibrant and popular.

When you travel with Mr Linh’s Adventures, our local guides can help you find just the shops and souvenirs you’re looking for. Shopping in Vietnam is an important part of the adventure!
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