Besides the joyfulness of discovering a new culture, capturing photos and tasting exotic flavors of Vietnam, shopping might bring you more opportunities to get in touch with locals habits. Ready to test your haggling skills into action? Take a look at these wallet-worthy goodies.
1. Palm Leaf Conical Hat (Non La)
Palm Leaf Conical Hat is a traditional symbol of the Vietnamese people, it can serve numerous uses such as a personal sun proof, a basket for women going to the market, a fan in hot summer day. Get one from the markets in Vietnam’s old capital of Hue and you can even get a little poem inscribed inside.Local Insight: Depending on the quality, the price range is between VND 10,000 and VND100, 000.
2. Vietnamese Traditional Long Dress (Ao Dai)
Ao Dai is a unique design which is both respectful and charming. Tourists who want to make Ao Dai can come to many shops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi. Those shops can make these dresses very quickly, only 1 day at affordable prices.Local Insight: An Ao Dai costs at least VND 700,000 for a plain finished product and around VND 1,500,000 for a sophisticated one.
3. Vietnamese Silk
Silk is a finished-product made of silkworm cocoons. Thus, it has always been considered extremely luxury. In this modern time, tourists can easily choose their favorite silk products and make them as lustrous presents.
Local Insight: The price is at least VND 70,000/m for the regular kind and over VND 100,000/m for premium silk.
4. Hand Embroidery
Hand embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Tourists can order customized works by explaining idea to the artist.
Local Insight: Tourist can have a nice small hand embroidery product for around VND 500,000. The price for the ones with more sophisticated designs can cost more than VND 2,000,000.
5. Sand Pictures
Sand picture is the art of pouring colored sands, powdered pigments from minerals or crystals, and pigments from other natural or synthetic sources onto a surface to make lively picture. Vietnamese sand pictures comprise of 4 categories such as landscape, portrait, laborer and calligraphy.Local Insight: Price range is from VND 300,000 to VND 700,000.
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