Top 5 souvenirs to buy in Hanoi, Vietnam

There is no lack of choices when it comes to shopping in Hanoi, the one-thousand-year old capital of Vietnam. The city offers you a wide variety of items from authentic silk, ethnic minority souvenir to wooden products. This is 5 souvenirs to buy in Hanoi.

1. Silk

Silk is one of the locally made materials in Vietnam. Located on the edge of the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai consists of two or three blocks of small shops that all specialize in silk and embroidery. The merchandise at the various stores is similar but the prices, selection, quality and service is different. Travel Indochina Vietnam

Van Phuc Silk

Van Phuc Silk

2. Ethnic Minority Products

Excluding the dominant Kinh people, Vietnam is home for 53 ethnic groups scattering mostly in the Northern mountainous region in Vietnam and each group has its own costume with distinctive designs. In this day and age, both handicrafts and clothes with unique decorations and special weaving from various ethnic groups are widely sold in souvenirs shops of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Ethnic Minority Products

Ethnic Minority Products

3. Handicrafts

Handicrafts in Hanoi varies from lacquer ware, mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture, ceramics, sandalwood statuettes, watercolors, oil paintings, prints and assorted antiques (real and imitation). Hang Gai, To Tich, Hang Khai and Cau Go Street are significant shopping destinations. The price ranges from 3-7 USD depending on each item. Vietnam holidays

Handicrafts

Handicrafts

4. Dried fruits

It would be a big mistake if you fail to taste dried spiced beef and dried sweetened fruits or vegetables (“Ô Mai” and “Mứt”) available on Old Quarters. 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. One more big reason you should get dried fruits for souvenirs, it will not be rotten.

Dried fruits - Ô Mai

Dried fruits – Ô Mai

5. Ao Dai

Ao Dai

Ao Dai

Since the 18th century, Ao Dai was deemed to be the national costume. Patterned materials and colors for the Ao Dai and solids for the pants sold everywhere in Hanoi. Together with Non La, it helps to enhance the gracefulness of Vietnamese women. There are many patterned materials and colors for the Ao Dai and solids for the pants. Depending on the material you choose, you could have a stylish set designed in your style from USD 30.

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