Where to Scratch that Shopaholic Itch on Your Visit to Vietnam

If you’re on the hunt for unique or kitschy souvenirs, you won’t be disappointed when you go shopping for them in Vietnam. Vietnam’s shopping centers are teeming with one-of-a-kind souvenirs, from local handicrafts to mementos of colonial rule to fake army surplus gear. Here are the five best places to satisfy that shopaholic urge on your holiday in Vietnam.

Hang Gai Street, Hanoi

Vietnamese woman selling silk material.Vietnamese woman selling silk material.

Locally made silk is sold by the meter in Vietnam, and often the best silk items are found in the stalls lining Hang Gai Street in Hanoi. You can buy lengths of silk to take home with you, or you can choose from the myriad of ready-to-wear clothes available. Also available are silken beddings, draperies and other items for the household. If you’re planning to spend more time in Hanoi or have time to return there, you can have a silk garment tailored for you.

Hanoi Weekend Night Market

Traditional street market.Traditional street market.

On 7PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, stalls selling various items – from food to fashion accessories – sprout like mushrooms all over the Old District in Hanoi for the Hanoi Weekend Night Market. You probably won’t find anything unique or exotic here, but you can try the local food and soak in the lively atmosphere. There are usually live performances held during the night market, artists entertaining the crowd wearing traditional costumes and playing traditional music. You can also try your hand at haggling here if you want to.

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market.Ben Thanh Market.

Ben Thanh Market is Ho Chi Minh’s most central market, as well as one of the liveliest. Early in the day, it is a place to buy fresh produce. By afternoon, it becomes a fashion and souvenir superstore where you can haggle for items that catch your fancy. It’s also one of the best places to buy Vietnamese coffee beans.

Cholon Chinatown Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Local women selling vegetables.Local women selling vegetables.

If you’re looking for kitschy items to bring home, you’re sure to find them in Cholon. Here you will find stall upon stall selling a wide variety of goods, including textiles, lacquerware, exotic Vietnamese fruits, home décor, and many others. The best time to visit Cholon is at night, when the place becomes lit up with Chinese lanterns that make the streets look enchanting.

Shopping can be fun in Vietnam. Even if you end up not buying anything, you can find yourself energized by the lively atmosphere in these shopping destinations. Don’t just read about them, though. Find out how shopping is really like in Vietnam by booking your trip there today.