Souvenirs to buy in Saigon – Ho Chi Minh

Where to buy a souvenir in Saigon

When traveling to Vietnam, you may wish to bring home some signature memorabilia from this country full of rich culture. There are varieties of unique items representing Vietnamese tradition that you can choose from. But some tourists who often come to Vietnam often wonder what gifts to buy with Vietnamese style and culture. Let me share with you some ideas about the top souvenirs to buy in Ho Chi Minh city of Vietnam and the places to get them.

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01. Postcards – keychains

Postcards are the most affordable and typical mementos about the daily local life or stunning scenery in Vietnam. They are the most collected souvenirs to bring back a happy vacation. A nice token to remind the visited places, decorating the walls or sending to friends and family never out of fashion.

  • Place to buy Postcards in Sai Gon: Ben Thanh Market, City Post Office, Dong Khoi street, Nguyen An Ninh street.
tan dinh market
Tan Dinh Market. Source: Internet.

02. Vietnamese Coffee and Tea

2.1. Coffee: Cultivated from Highlands in Tay Nguyen, Vietnam coffee is famous for its wonderful and rich taste after every slip. That is the reason makes Vietnam has become the second-largest coffee exporter in the world. Set your foot in Vietnam, picking the best coffee bean packs as a souvenir would be the best gift to bring home for friends and family.

Place to buy Vietnamese Coffee in Saigon: 

  • Trung Nguyen Legend:  Nguyen Van Chiem, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phuc Long Coffee&Tea Express: 235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Highlans Coffee: 75 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • L’angfarm: 771 Tran Hung Dao, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ben Thanh Market
where to buy sourvenier in saigon
Source: Internet

2.2. Tea: For centuries, tea has been popular and an important part in Vietnamese people’s daily life. In the morning, people start a new day with some cups of tea to wake their power and it is believed that tea can be a means to escape from the chaos of life. From North to South, Tra Viet travels throughout the regions from Tra Tay Bac, Thai Nguyen to Bao Loc. Each region has its own characteristics in terms of climate and soil, so the taste and type of tea will also have its own unique features of each region. Therefore, Viet’s Tea (and Vietnamese coffee) are top Vietnamese souvenirs for the discerning drinker.

Some types of tea that you can buy as gifts are: Vietnamese green tea, Oolong tea, Lotus tea, Shan Tuyet tea, Bao Loc tea, Tan Cuong tea,Ginger Tea,…

Place to buy Tea in Saigon: 

  • Tra Viet Shop: 19 Hai Trieu, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • L’angfarm: 771 Tran Hung Dao, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phuc Long Coffee & Tea Express: 235 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City                   

03. Dried tropical fruits

Vietnam is a region famous for its rich variety of tropical fruits, they are the most eaten snack in the country. For some regulations of your country and airline, fresh, juicy fruits are a struggle to bring, and also hard to pack and bruise easily. It is much easier to bring home dried fruits.

You will find a wide variety of dried fruits to choose from. This includes banana, mango, jackfruit, rose apple fruit, papaya, guava, and even soursop.

Place to buy Dried Fruits in Saigon: 

  •  L’ang farm: 771-775 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  •  Nut’s Farm: 713 Doan Van Bo, Ward 18, District  4, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vinamit Orrganic: 84 Nguyen Du, Ward Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
dried fruit what to buy in vietnam
Source: Internet

04. Handicraft

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 Chi Minh City.

coconut bowl what to buy where in saigon

4.1. 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 Chi Minh City. 

4.2. Bamboo cup: is a completely handmade product from natural bamboo. Carefully cared for by the hands of skilled artisans. From there, creating rustic, simple but no less delicate and luxurious. In addition, you can print pictures, wishes, friends’ names,…on the cup to give more meaning to the gift. Therefore, Bamboo Cup is the right choice for souvenirs because of its high applicability

Bamboo rattan coasters bring the delicate beauty of artisans, handmade by hand, with high spiritual value. With light and compact characteristics, woven by bamboo and rattan. The material is made entirely from nature, has been treated against termites, so it is very durable and environmentally friendly. This is an ideal choice as a gift for culture enthusiasts.

Other bamboo decorations such as cyclos, 1-pillar pagodas, bamboo dragonflies, etc. These are all souvenirs that are loved by international tourists when traveling in Viet Nam.

Place to buy handicrafts in Saigon:

  • CUPS Shop: 34/7 Yen The, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • La Dan Shop: 34 Doông Du, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sai Gon Eco Craft: 36 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ben Thanh Market

05. Ceramics

Ceramics are one of the many art forms that have been a part of Vietnamese culture for centuries. Traditionally, Vietnamese ceramics were made by hand using clay that was sourced from local rivers. The clay would then be formed into various shapes and designs, and finally glazed and fired in kilns.

Products from handmade ceramics are chosen by many people as souvenirs because of the lines, patterns and textures made by the skillful hands of Vietnamese artisans. However, because of the large area, fragile and relatively high cost, customers should choose the most suitable models to carry luggage.

Some ceramic products you can refer to such as: Coffee filter set, Tea making set, 20-30 cm mini vase, Small cup,…

Place to buy ceramics in Saigon:

  • Yen Lam pottery: 9A Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 19, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Anko Casa Ceramics: 392/5 Cao Thang, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

06. Conical Hat (Nón Lá)

The conical hat is a symbol of charm and unity in Vietnam. It was made from palm leaves, the hats are weather-resistant, light, eco-friendly and has become a crucial item of headwear for farmers and outdoor workers who need protection from the sun over time. Therefore, the conical hat is a gift of spiritual value and is chosen by many tourists as a souvenir when leaving Vietnam. If you think Nón Lá doesn’t fit your luggage, I would like to recommend buying a painted conical hat which is more beautiful. Small hats are portable and packed easily.

non la vietnam where to buy
Women wearing traditional hats, known as non la, sit in a market in Hoi An, Vietnam April 5, 2016. The non la hats are made of readily available materials such as palm leaves, tree bark and bamboo and are visible everywhere in the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hoi An’s history as a busy trading port is evident throughout its architecture, a mix of eras and styles, with traditional wooden Vietnamese houses, Chinese temples and French colonial buildings.

Place to buy Nón Lá in Sai Gon: Visit any market or souvenir store in Vietnam, and you can almost certainly see Nón Lá hats. In Ho Chi Minh City, the Binh Thanh Market is your best bet.

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