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Vietnamese Souvenirs ? What to Buy

Coming to Vietnam, foreign travellers often buy unique Vietnamese Souvenirs to give their family, relatives and friends as gifts after their travels. The following things tourists should not forget to bring home.

1. “Tho cam” products by Northern Ethnic People

“Tho cam” is one of the favourite Vietnamese souvenirs which both Vietnam people and foreign travellers are interested in. “Tho cam” products are made from ethnic fabrics by people living in an upland village of the country. "Tho cam" is not only used to embellish people’s beauty but also considered the symbol of love in a  wedding. The contours shown on "tho cam" are special features of the culture associated with national identity. Travellers can buy “tho cam” when visiting northern ethnic villages, the most famous among them is Sapa.

Tho Cam - Sapa vietnam

“Tho cam” is one of the favourite Vietnamese souvenirs.

2. Lacquer paintings

If tourists are fond of products requiring meticulous skills, they can visit the Vietnamese souvenir shops which have lacquer paintings. They are traditional products designed artistically and sophisticatedly in the stores along Ly Quoc Su Street, Hang Gai Street, Hang Bong Street, Temple of Literature, and so on. These handicraft products are highly appreciated for the terms of aesthetics.

A lacquer painting

3. Pottery

The history of Vietnamese pottery began with items made from clay mixed with unglazed shells powder based on the relics found in Hoa Binh, Bac Son, Quang Yen, and Thanh Hoa province. Nowadays, pottery in Vietnamese mind is famous in Bat Trang village and Phu Lang village. Though pottery in modern life has some changes, it basically keeps the traditional features of the pottery in the past.

Pottery - vietnam

Some pottery products

4. Silk fabric

Silk is a kind of animal protein fibre of insects. Silk fabric is silky and soft. Those who wear this kind of fabric once will like using it on normal days and special cases. According to the manual method, silk will be soaked in tea, betel leaves, sap, etc. Then it will be rinsed, dyed, and dried twice to have perfect colour. Dye colour is from natural materials such as leaves, coal, brick, etc. Today, modern dying technique brings silk fabric more vibrant and various colours but the simple natural colour is preferred.

Silk fabric is silky and soft.

5. Ao dai (Long dress)

Ao dai” is not simply traditional custom, it is a cultural feature to express Vietnamese spirit. Being the slave of China in more than one thousand years, controlled by French military near a hundred years, “Ao dai” exposed both strong cultures of humanity, the Eastern and the Western. However, “Ao dai” overcame all challenges to become a national custom, a symbol of women, the pride of Vietnamese people. In Vietnam, “ao dai” is suitable for all ages. It has become standard custom for formal occasions or national holidays, weddings, etc. Therefore, “Ao dai” will be one of the best choices for tourists when they want to buy souvenirs from Vietnam.

Vietnamese girls are beautiful in long dresses. 

6. Miniature copper drum

Miniature copper drums are moulded entirely from pure bronze with skilful patterns. Their bottom diameter is 10 cm and they are often 8 cm high. They are imitated from  Dong Son drums which fabricated by the Đông Sơn culture in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Foreigners are quite interested in these souvenirs from Vietnam because these imitated drums make them understand water rice civilization in Vietnam partly.



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