Over the past đôi mươi years, Vietnam has become such a popular tourist destination. Known for its interesting history, natural landscapes and flavourful cuisine, Vietnam showcases its diverse culture teeming with Japanese, French, and Chinese influence. We’ll outline the best things to buy in Vietnam, whether you are visiting for the first time, or returning for the tenth – you won’t want to lớn leave without these items.

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Vietnam is a shopper’s paradise. There are so many great things to lớn buy in Vietnam including food, souvenirs, clothes, and artwork. This guide will introduce some of the many great items available for purchase, the best places lớn buy these items, và what they will cost you.

First-time travellers to lớn Vietnam may find it difficult khổng lồ know what ‘good’ prices are, so here are some tips:

Make sure you bring your bartering skills – this may seem a little strange at first but this is the norm in Southeast Asian culture. A rule of thumb is khổng lồ pay around 40-50% of the first price offered. Always ask how much one thành công would cost first, then try to lớn see if you can get a deal when buying two or more items.For Vietnam souvenir items, don’t buy them from the first place you see. Scope out the prices that the other stores are offering first. The chances are, the same or a very similar thành công will be available at the same market.Remember 10k VND equivocates khổng lồ about $0.43 USD, so don’t get too caught up haggling over a small amount of money. Use that time lớn enjoy your holiday.

If you’re visiting Ho đưa ra Minh City, then make sure to check out our guide to lớn the best things to bởi vì in Ho chi Minh City.

1. Food – Vietnam Must By Snacks

You can’t go to lớn Vietnam without feasting away at the amazing dishes they have lớn offer. Even better, Vietnamese cuisine is amongst the healthiest in the world, utilising fresh herbs and vegetables. You won’t feel bloated after a meal which means you can get up straight after your meal & enjoy the rest of your holiday.

There are so many dishes to lớn choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to our five favourite dishes and our favourites places we tried them at. You can also kiểm tra out our guide to the best restaurants to eat at in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị for a detailed look into Ho bỏ ra Minh City’s finest cuisine, or book the best street food tour in Ho đưa ra Minh city here.

Fresh Spring Rolls – Goi Cuon

Price Range:

40k VND for street food và local cafes – 80k VND at restaurants. Usually, four rolls are served.

This Vietnamese delight is a healthier alternative lớn the deep fried spring roll. Typically, the rice paper roll is filled with vegetables, vermicelli noodles, pork & prawn. This is my favourite Vietnamese dish – I happily ate these every day I spent in Vietnam.

Our đứng đầu pick for goi cuon:

Mountain Retreat Restaurant at 36 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Located down an alleyway, this place is one of Ho bỏ ra Minh City’s hidden gems. While this place isn’t so popular with the locals, this has become a popular spot in recent years for tourists. It’s a little pricier than street and cà phê food, but it tastes spectacular & is definitely worth it. Kiểm tra out the beautiful view from the balcony!


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Beef Noodle Soup – Pho Bo

Price Range:

40k – 160k VND

Pho is the most recognised Vietnamese cuisine worldwide consisting of rice noodles, broth & beef or chicken. When served, you’ll get a side plate of herbs và chilli.

The Vietnamese consume this dish daily & with the rich flavours from the herbs and broth, and the spice from the chilli you can definitely see why this is a popular dish.

Our đứng top pick for Pho Bo:

Pho Thin at 13 Lo Duc Street, Hai ba Trung District, Hanoi

You know it’s going to be a good choice when you see a lot of locals eating here. It’s unassuming from the road, but don’t let that fool you. The pho is amazing! The place does get really busy but they run such an efficient service that you don’t have to lớn wait long.

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Sizzling Pancake – Banh Xeo

Price Range:

40k – 120k VND

Banh xeo, or the sizzling pancake, got its name for the sound the batter makes when poured onto a pan. The pancake is made from rice flour, water and turmeric khổng lồ give it the characteristic yellow colouring. The pancake may have meat or may be served vegetarian. You will be given a plate of herbs, mostly mint & lettuce.

To eat the pancake, tear a piece off and wrap the lettuce around it. The crunch from both the crisp lettuce & pancake địa chỉ to the experience.

Our đứng top pick for Banh Xeo:

Madam Thu at 45 Vo Thu Sau Street, Hue

Located right in the middle of the backpacker area of Hue city, Madam Thu has become incredibly popular with both locals và tourists alike. You’ll likely have khổng lồ put your name on the waitlist, which gives you some time khổng lồ walk around & admire the thành phố in the meantime. The wait is definitely worth it!

The Hue version of banh xeo is served here, called banh khaoi. These are very similar lớn the original dish, except are smaller and contain chunks of pork and prawns.

Vietnamese-style Baguette – Banh Mi

Price Range:

25k – 40k VND

Banh mày perfectly combines French influence with Vietnamese cuisine. The baguette is filled with meat, pork being the most common, paté và vegetables such as cucumber & pickled carrots. They are finished with chilli, coriander & mayonnaise.

We used khổng lồ buy three or four at a time và snack on them throughout the day. They are the best sandwiches we’ve ever had!

Our vị trí cao nhất pick for Banh Mi:

Banh ngươi Phuong at 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An

Made famous by Anthony Bourdain’s visit, this is one place you should not miss. The lines go for metres down the road, but the staff are able to 3d the sandwiches so quickly so you’ll be waiting for less time than you’d expect.

Try the chicken và cheese – this is our favourite banh mi we’ve ever tasted, và we’ve sampled most (if not all) on the menu! It’s the only place that we’ve come across khổng lồ have this particular flavour available.


Grilled Pork and Noodles- Bun Cha

Price Range:

30k – 120k VND

Bun cha is another amazing noodle dish. Consisting of white rice noodles & grilled pork. Occasionally it may be served with pork belly, but our favourite version is with pork meatballs. You’ll be served a side of herbs to lớn put into your noodle dish and dipping sauce.

Although Bun thân phụ is thought to originate in Hanoi, you’ll find this all over Vietnam.

Our vị trí cao nhất pick for Bun Cha:

Bun thân phụ 145 at 145 Bui Vien Street, Pham lẩn thẩn Lao Ward, District 1, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

In the middle of the city parallel to lớn backpacker street, there is a small, modern restaurant. You’ll get a thực đơn in English where you can tick the items you’d like to order, including the option to lớn have extra noodles & vegetables.

Make sure you get the passion fruit drink with your order, the sweet, syrup-like juice was very refreshing after a day in the Vietnamese heat.

Prepare to lớn wait in a queue for a seat, but the tables vị have quite a high turnover so you’ll only have to wait up to lớn ten minutes.