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Hanoi What to Buy?
You are in Hanoi for the first time and being allured by its diverse range of goods that you don’t know which ones are the essential you should buy? This article is going to make the complicated question become piece a cake!
If you think that Ho Chi Minh City is the only shopping heaven, think again. Hanoi has its unique charm when it comes to buying stuff - and by stuff - we mean strange unique things that cannot be found anywhere else. Below is a list of what we think visitors can take home with them, as a small piece of Hanoi.

Art work and print

Walking along Hanoi’s Old Quarter ones should notice an abundant number of art shops selling paintings and pastel pieces. If you want to keep memory or want some evidence about your trip to Hanoi, don’t hesitate to walk in and pick up one of Vietnamese propaganda posters or original artwork at a surprisingly low price varying between $2 and $30. If you are an art-holic who never satisfy with cheap artworks, upscale galleries around Hanoi are always open to you for spending several hundreds to thousands of your dollars.

Dried fruits

It would be a big mistake if tourists fail to taste dried spiced beef sold on Hang Giay Street and dried sweetened fruits or vegetables (“Ô Mai” and “Mứt”) available on Hang Duong Street. Also, Hanoi is the only place you can see such delicious and authentic “Ô Mai” in Vietnam. This type of snack is very rich in term of species which ones may spend up to million and weeks to taste them all.

Wooden Puppet

If tourists have had chance to watch a show of water puppet, ones should have been mesmerized by special wooden puppet floating and acting vividly like real actors under the skillful hand of water puppet artist. If it is ones’ wish to take one of those puppets to bring home, don’t ever think of stealing one because there are many souvenir shops around the theater area selling reproductions of those puppets. Paying a price starting from $10, ones would possess a piece of sophisticated handmade wooden buffalo, a hero on horseback, cute dancing girls or a mighty dragon.

T-shirt and Silk products

Hanoi and its foods make you fall in love with this country so much and the only thing you want is shouting loudly “I love Vietnam”? You don’t need to compete with all kind of transportation running on streets to contribute more noise to this peaceful city by that way because souvenir shops on Dinh Liet or Hang Gai Street are always available to you with their lavish collections of T-shirt printed with cute slogan like “I Love Hanoi”; “I Love Vietnam” or “I Love Pho” – with picture of hot steaming bow of Pho on; and also in many sizes and colors. Also, on the same streets, ones are advised to buy one of silk products like scarf, tie or clothe; or brocade like bags; hats and accessories.

Wild Orchid Shop
Address: 29A Cau May St., Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province
Tel:          +84 976 449 796

 wild_orchid_sapa  wild orchid, sapa

Wild Orchid Shop is a small shop with very colorful and interesting paintings about the daily life of minority people. Its owner is the designer of all the styles of minority people’s costumes, specializing in Homing and Dzao people. The cheapest thing in the shop is a small scarf at the price of US$3.

Shopping for Local Crafts
Tourists traveling to Vietnam are clearly impressed by traditional handicrafts and often take these as gifts for their family and friends when coming back home.  Best gift items include lacquer wares; marble products, silver-coated wares, art ceramics, and hand-embroidered articles. Canvas paintings, silk paintings, carpets, jewelry and leather goods are also quite popular. 

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Hue are the best destinations for buying these stuffs.  If you are keen on silk items, why do not in shops that sell hand embroidered silk scarves in the Old Quarter in Hanoi? Colorful decorations or bamboo products can also be found in Hang Ma Street.

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A souvenir shop in Hanoi
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Lanterns in Hoi An

For those looking for trendy, modern and artistic souvenirs in Hanoi, the name Ly Quoc Su Street should be jotted down on your notebook. There are several shops selling rather beautiful arts and crafts, but they are more expensive than those you would find in the Old Quarter area.
Hoi An is definitely a paradise for lantern lovers. Well designed- attractive colors-various choices of shapes are the main featured points of Hoi An lanterns. The price is surprisingly affordable: $1-7 for lanterns of different sizes.
If you walk along Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh City, you can check out many shops and roadside stalls. High quality products including jewelry, ceramics, antiques, lacquer ware, fine art and furniture are displayed spaciously here although prices are on the higher side. 

There are also some souvenir counters in Ben Thanh market which is the largest old-style market in the central district, with goods arranged quite neatly in nearly hundreds small stalls. 

If you want to see the process of making these crafts with your own eyes, going on a trip to some trading villages could be the best choice for you. Bat Trang and Phu Lang in Ha Noi are villages well known for their pottery products, while silk is the featured item in Van Phuc, Ha Dong.
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