Wherever you go, even in small backpack or big luggage, you probably want to bring something from the visited places to your home countries. In this post, we would like to list some must-buy souvenirs to buy in Vietnam for US travelers and well as visitors all over the world.
Conical hat (or “nón lá”) is not only an indispensable part of Vietnamese people but also a cultural symbol. It also known as one of the must-buy items from Vietnam. Vietnamese citizens are usually seen wearing conical hats. It acts as an umbrella to protect people from rain and sunlight. The shapes of the hat also vary from North to South.
For a longtime, silk has been regarded as a symbol of prosperity and luxury. The most common type of silk in Vietnam is silk scarves, they are easily found nearly every market in Vietnam. Once you set the foot into the market, you will probably be mesmerized by the vivid colors of the silk.
Van Phuc Silk village is well-known for its high-quality silk. Visiting the old villages, you also earn the chance to gain knowledge on history and producing method of silk. In the past, silk and products made from silk were charged at a high price, however, it becomes more affordable.
When coming to Vietnam, you are often suggested to buy silk as a gift to your family and friends in your home countries.
Apart from above-mentioned souvenirs, hand-embroidery should be taken into your consideration as one of the most popular gift from Vietnam. The pictures in embroidery often depicts the beauty of landscape, the wildness of natural animal like birds, tigers or the freshness of flowers and trees. Sometimes, daily activities are included in the theme of those embroidery.
They are often exhibited at workshops or art gallery, you can come to those places to indulge yourself into the world of art and of course, make them yours.
It is obvious to say that Vietnamese history are reflected in the shape and colors of ceramic products. If you have an opportunity, you are advised to visit Bat Trang Ceramic villages to deepen your knowledge on the relationship of history and ceramic regarding shape, sizes, and materials, etc.
Bat Trang Village is also a good place to purchase ceramic products, the price fluctuates based on the quality of ceramic, from 1$ to 1.000$.
Vietnam has a wide range of traditional and beautiful painting ranging from Dong Ho painting, Oil parting, etc. Each of them has their own attractive feature. Dong Ho pictures, for examples, describe folk tales or legends such as Ba Trung, Thuy Kieu, etc. If you delight in Dong Ho painting, please come to Dong Ho village to buy the one you like.
Oil painting, on the other hand, has a wider range of topics such as portraits, natural landscapes, or abstract.
If you are American and interested in Vietnam culture and human, you will be required to have Vietnam visa before travelling to this country. In this case, Vietnam visa on Arrival is highly recommended.
How to get a visa for Vietnam from USA
US travellers are required to get a Vietnam visa before entering Vietnam. Detailed Vietnam Visa requirements for US citizens can be referred at: https://www.vietnam-visa.com/guide/united-states/
With this type of visa application, all procedures are made online and includes a few simple steps:
- Fill in an online application form with required information relating to you and your trips. Please double check to ensure all your provided information is correct.
- After making payment (by Debit/Credit Card), a Visa Approval Letter will be sent to you within 1 to 2 business days. You can go to our website to look for detailed information on service fee.
- Get your visa stamped at the international airports you arrive at. There are currently 5 international airports in Vietnam in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Cam Ranh, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh city.