The best shopping in ho chi minh city

Find some insiders' recommendations for visitors who are at a loss for ideas of what lớn bring home.

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Handicrafts

Handicrafts are popular gifts readily available in Ho chi Minh city as well as in Vietnam. There are many different kinds of handicrafts such as embroidery, lacquer ware, vases, trays, rosewood boxes, wood-block prints, oil or watercolor paintings, blinds made from bamboo, reed mats, carpets, ceramics and leather work. You can easily get one in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

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Ben Thanh Market - Photo: Instagram
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These you-name-its are truly works of arts. They are made by the skillful hands of the Vietnamese artists. The patterns are usually about Vietnamese people’s life so it is attractive lớn foreign people who are always curious about the life of an agricultural country. One way is visiting the handicraft shops in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. There are many of them which are usually located in the center of the thành phố (District 1 area). And there are some shops that are specialized in selling one kind of handicrafts only. Visiting these shops, you can find out more beautiful handicrafts with nice details that are skillfully & carefully designed. Just notice that the prices in these shops are usually higher.

Approximate costs: $4-8 for a unique silk scarf; $3 for reed mats, $2 for rosewood boxes.

Small Souvenirs

There are many different souvenirs in Ho bỏ ra Minh city for you khổng lồ choose from. They include magnets, statues, chopsticks và many more. Magnet usually has many different shapes. It can be a kind of fruit in Ho chi Minh City lượt thích mangoes, coconuts, jack fruit or the long fruit. It can also be a shape of traditional man và woman in Vietnam in ao dai, Vietnamese traditional costumes. So are the statues. The statues usually are Vietnamese man and woman in ao dai. They have many different colors & different sizes. They are usually sold in pair or as a collection of 4 or more statues.

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Saigon Craft House - A chất lượng Place khổng lồ Get Your Souvenir Shopping

Chopsticks are also a popular souvenir. They are special because of the material they are made of - which is usually special wood in Vietnam. These souvenirs are easily found in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. You can buy one from the street vendors along the boulevards in the đô thị center. The souvenirs sold here are at affordable prices but you can negotiate to get cheaper prices. These souvenirs can also be found in Ben Thanh Market where you need to lớn be more thoughtful about the price so as khổng lồ avoid being ripped off.

Approximate costs: $3 for a phối of chopstick; 50 cents for a magnet.

Vietnam"s Traditional Dresses

If you visit Vietnam, you certainly can’t miss Vietnamese traditional dress called “ao dai". Ao dai is famous for its chất lượng design which is said to make the woman’s toàn thân look more beautiful and attractive. You can buy ao dẻo in many tailor shops in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. Visiting a tailor shop, you can choose the type of material you lượt thích with your favorite màu sắc and beautiful patterns. Then the tailor will jot down the measurements of your body toàn thân and make you an “ao dai” as your wish. The waiting time is not very long. In some places, you just need khổng lồ wait 3 – 4 hours lớn get a pretty one with high quality.

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Ao dai A Perfect Gift - Photo: Instagram
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Another place for you to lớn see more diverse patterns and materials is Ben Thanh Market where you have a wide selection for beautiful materials to make your ao dẻo more special and unique.

Approximate costs: $35 - 100 per outfit, depending on where you have it made

Sand Paintings

Sand paintings is one of the most special gifts in Vietnam. The artist use sands to pour in a cup to make beautiful pictures. These stuffs need an extremely focus và skillful hands to paint the picture. You will be very impressed with every work of this art và a huge admire for those artists. So are the receivers of your gifts.

The pictures made of sand are usually about Vietnamese lives. It can be a house in a country side with coconut trees, the rivers, the fields with cows và buffaloes. It could be a day of working on a field of the farmers or pictures of beautiful girls dressed in white ao dai which gives you the feeling of peaceful & cute. There are many different pictures on these cups.

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Saigon Sand Painting - Photo: tranhcatviet.vn

Other pictures are about flowers, portraits, icons or scenery. You can buy one picture from the shop or you can choose your favorite picture from the catalogue, order it at the store & wait for a few days to receive it. Sand pictures are usually sold in specific shops with its famous brand names such as Y Lan sand pictures or Van Thien Sa sand pictures. The prices are affordable too so you can buy a beautiful, chất lượng souvenir from Ho chi Minh City.

Approximate costs: $5 - 15

Dried Food

Another thing that can be bought home with you is dried food. There are many different kinds of dried food from the salty, spicy ones khổng lồ the sweet ones. The most popular ones in Ho bỏ ra Minh city is probably dried squid, dried beef & many different kinds of dried fruit such as jack fruit, coconut or banana. Note, however that, your home country may not allow animal-related products upon your return.

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Dried Fruit A Great Saigon Gift - Photo: thecrafthousevn

There are many different brand names for these foods. You can come across many of them when you are in a supermarket or market. Most of them are good but khổng lồ pick out the best one, you can get advices from the siêu thị owners. Another place you can get delicious snacks or food to munch is Ben Thanh Market. Different from what is sold in supermarket, dried food is often sold in bulk và not pre-packed. You can buy in grams và the sellers will measure and pack all later.

This is a good idea for a unique gift because it brings you the chance lớn enjoy the taste of Vietnamese food. It is something that is particularly special about Vietnam. Who knows, you might miss it when you’re coming back to lớn your home country.