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Souvenirs and gifts to bring home

Most visitors like to take souvenirs and gifts with them when they go home. The following suggestions are 'very Vietnamese', but not too heavy or bulky.

Good quality Vietnamese tea

This can be bought in specialist shops in Nha Trang and other larger cities. A kilogramme of top-quality tea costs around US$ 8 if lightly flavoured with flower or herb 'essence', or about US$ 5 US without flavouring.

Good quality 'Trung Nguyen'  or 'Mê Trang' Vietnamese coffee

A kilogramme of top-notch Robusta coffee beans from Trung Nguyen (the Central Highlands) costs around $4.00 US. Arabica will be more expensive. An unusual present would be some 'Weasel Coffee', but it is advisable to tell the recipient how it is produced after he or she has experienced its mellow taste.

Bird Spit Soup

The ingredients to make a bird spit soup, extremely popular in Nha Trang and beyond, as well as medical herbs for the prevention or treatment of numerous ailments could make a very special gift from Vietnam.

Ethnic scarves, garments, etc .

Items made by members of Vietnam 's many ethnic groups make excellent and inexpensive souvenirs and presents. They are available from shops in the tourist areas of cities, and from towns near communities of ethnic people.

As a rough guide, a reasonable amount to pay for a woven scarf from the ethnic communities that produced it should be from $2.00 US upwards, depending on the complexity of pattern and design. A garment, such as a woven, embroidered or appliqued jacket, should cost from $15.00 US upwards. Natural dyes are often used, so colours should be fixed before washing.

Vietnamese lacquerware

Lacquerware is a long-standing Vietnamese tradition. Usually applied to a papier mache object, it is both light and durable. It is also an artwork technique. Prices for lacquerware articles begin at $1.00 US for a small dish, $3.00 US for a large dish, $10 for a set of table mats, and so on. However, the quality of lacquerware depends upon the number or processes used - good quality products are therefore expensive. A wide range of lacquerware, and lacquer artwork and objects, are available in souvenir shops and galleries in Nha Trang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Larger items such as ornaments and furniture are good value - you can ask your supplier to arrange for them to be shipped to your home addresses.

Ceramics and pottery

Products vary from high-quality porcelain to simple fired clay objects, and the range is enormous. As an indication of prices, a good quality plate from Bat Trang Village outside Hanoi costs about $2.00 US and a cafe cup about $1.00 US. Small tea sets make good presents.


Hand-embroidered items are good value and excellent souvenirs. Prices vary according to detail and the quality of the base material. A good pair of pillow cases or a set of bedlinen, both on a white cotton base, should cost around $6.00 US and $25.00 US respectively

Vietnamese silk

Genuine Vietnamese silk is mainly muted in colour - bright colours are often indicative of Chinese imports or synthetic fibres. Quality varies widely. Prices for reasonable quality silk begin at about $3.00 per metre for 90cm wide material.

Check out the handicraft shops here for beautiful hand-made decorative and gift items.

There are some good tailors in Nha Trang which make suits and dresses within few days at comparatively low prices (and at better prices than in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). We will list the addresses ...

War souvenirs
Some shops sell Viet Cong headgear, Ho Chi Minh T-shirts and other souvenirs. We will list addresses here shortly. There are also street vendors selling these items as well.

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