Beside sightseeing and enjoying the food, seeking souvenirs which are symbols of the country is a interesting part on the trip. The top list souvenirs in Saigon as below might be suggestions for you to bring a little Vietnam home to share with your family and friends.
Non La ( Conical Hat or Straw Hat)
Non La is a traditional headwear of Vietnamese. It is known as a part of spirit of the Vietnamese nation. They are hand made from palm leaves & bamboo and easy to find in any local markets with a few dollars only. Especially, wearing a conical hat under the hot sun during your trip in Vietnam is not a bad idea.
Where to buy?
You can find Non La in Ben Thanh market or Binh Tay market.
Some shops on Bui Vien street is worth the visit, too.
Ao Dai (The traditional Vietnamese costume)
Ao Dai is a traditional dress in Vietnam. It consists of a long silk tunic that is slit on the sides and worn over loose pants. Different from Kimono or Hanbok, Ao Dai not only is worn on special occasions like wedding, Lunar New Year… but also it is used at work or school uniform. The feature of Ao Dai is that beautiful curve of the women shows off in an elegant way. You can have an Ao Dai made in 24 hours at any Tailor shops in Ho Chi Minh.
Where to buy:
Miss Ao Dai 21 Nguyen Trung Ngan St, District 1, HCMC
Head down Ben Thanh market , An Dong Plaza or Binh Tay market. You might find some ready-made Ao Dai or you can buy a fabric here and tailor Aodai which is fitted with your body only.
Where to make tailor Aodai:
Ao Dai Nguyet 31B, Thu Khoa Huan St, District 1, HCMC
Ao Dai Thu Thuy 269, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St, District 1, HCMC
Ao Dai Lien Huong 111, Pasteur St, District 3, HCM
Tea and Coffee
Vietnamese coffee is famous for its wonderful taste. It is also a reason made Vietnam became a world second largest coffee producer after Brazil. Many visitors have fallen in love with “ café sua da” ( iced milk coffee) and buy some amount of coffee beans to bring home. If you are not a fan of coffee, Vietnamese tea is an excellent option. A sip of tea can cool you down inside, reduce stress, support stomach and relieve the hangover. So the coffee or tea is worth to buy in Saigon right ?
Where to buy:
Trung Nguyen coffee shops
Trung Nguyen coffee shop. One of the most famous brand coffee in Vietnam
Phuc Long Coffee and Tea House
Marou Faiseurs de Chocolate was found by French-born pair Vincent Mourou and Samuel Maruta. The unique of this product that all ingredients in Marou Chocolate are from cacao plantations in the Mekong Delta. Working in close collaboration with farmers, cooperatives and cacao expects, Marou is aiming to make Vietnam a widely recognized origin for gourmet chocolate. Buying a bar of Marou chocolate from Vietnam could be ideal for your beloved one at home.
Where to buy:
Annam Gourmet market 16 Hai Ba Trung St, D1, HCMC
Fanny Ice Cream 29-31 Ton That Thiep St, D1, HCMC
L’Usine 70B, Le Loi St, D1, HCMC.
Beside that, you still have more souvenir options to buy in Saigon such as lacquer ware, silk, Propaganda Art and Authentic Ceramics. All depend on your interest and the budget. However, these things above are trendy, popular and inexpensive. It could help you to make a quick choice if you don’t have any idea to buy souvenirs.