Shopping for Local Crafts

Tourists traveling to Vietnam are clearly impressed by traditional handicrafts and often take these as gifts for their family and friends when coming back home.  Best gift items include lacquer wares; marble products, silver-coated wares, art ceramics, and hand-embroidered articles. Canvas paintings, silk paintings, carpets, jewelry and leather goods are also quite popular.  

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Hue are the best destinations for buying these stuffs.  If you are keen on silk items, why do not drop in shops that sell hand embroidered silk scarves in the Old Quarter in Hanoi? Colorful decorations or bamboo products can also be found in Hang Ma Street.

For those looking for trendy, modern and artistic souvenirs in Hanoi, the name Ly Quoc Su Street should be jotted down on your notebook. There are several shops selling rather beautiful arts and crafts, but they are more expensive than those you would find in the Old Quarter area.

Hoi An is definitely a paradise for lantern lovers. Well designed- attractive colors-various choices of shapes are the main featured points of Hoi An lanterns. The price is surprisingly affordable: $1-7 for lanterns of different sizes. 

If you walk along Dong Khoi Street in Ho Chi Minh City, you can check out many shops and roadside stalls. High quality products including jewelry, ceramics, antiques, lacquer ware, fine art and furniture are displayed spaciously here although prices are on the higher side.  

There are also some souvenir counters in Ben Thanh market which is the largest old-style market in the central district, with goods arranged quite neatly in nearly hundreds small stalls.  

If you want to see the process of making these crafts with your own eyes, going on a trip to some trading villages could be the best choice for you. Bat Trang and Phu Lang in Ha Noi are villages well known for their pottery products, while silk is the featured item in Van Phuc, Ha Dong. 

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