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After traveling, strolling to explore this sprawling city, if you want to buy some special gifts to give your relatives and friends, let’s explore with Backpackers Team what Ho Chi Minh City specialities are!

 

1. Non La (Conical Hat/Straw Hat)

 

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Souce: Alice Young – Unspalsh

 

The Vietnamese conical hat is a tool for shading, covering rain, making fans, while also hiding the face, smile or adding charm to Vietnamese women.

Non La first appeared in the mid-13th century and has gone through the vicissitudes of time and now plays an important role in Vietnamese people’s life, especially farmers. 

Where to buy

You can visit Ben Thanh Market (Le Loi St., Dist 1) or Binh Tay Market (57A Thap Muoi, Dist 5) or any souvenir shops you see on the street.

Price: VND20,000-VND60,000

 

 

 

2. Tea & Coffee beans

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While many are familiar with Vietnamese coffee and tea, Vietnam is the second largest coffee producing nation in the world  and the seventh biggest tea producer in the world, so Tea Leaf and Coffee Beans are considered as one of must-buy souvenirs in Vietnam

Here are some places that you can buy coffee and tea in HCMC

1. Santorino coffee & veggies 

74 Nguyen Ngoc Phuong St., Binh Thanh Dist, HCMC

Tel: +84889035858

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/santorino74/

Buy here: http://www.santorino.org

Santorino coffee & veggies

Santorino’s coffee beans from Dalat highland

 

Source: Santorino Coffee & Veggies

 

  1. Phuc Long Coffee & Tea

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phuclongcoffeeandtea/

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3. Cashew nuts 

Vietnam was the world’s largest cashew nut processor and exporter, so cashew nuts is also a must-buy gift when travelling HCMC

You can find high quality cashew nuts in Ho Chi Minh at:

1. Santorino 

74 Nguyen Ngoc Phuong St., Binh Thanh Dist

Tel: +84889035858

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/santorino74/

Price: 500 gram (Pack): 160,000 VND

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2. Ben Thanh Market

Le Loi St., Dist 1

Tel:  028 3829 9274

Price: 1 Kilogram ~ VND300,000-320,000

4. Brocade handbag

Brocade is prized possessions for tourists in Vietnam as the opportunity to see and buy such uniquely exquisite, hand-stitched craftsmanship is a rare luxury to those visiting. 

You can find brocade handbag in any souvenir shop or you can see them at Ben Thanh Market or The gioi tho cam (43 Do Thua Luan St., Tan Phu Dist.)

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5. Authentic ceramics

Vietnamese pottery and ceramics has a long history spanning back to thousands of years ago, including long before Chinese domination, as archeological evidence supports.

The craftsmen only use their hands to knead the clay into the shape of the bowl, flower vase, etc. Then, they draw lively pictures or patterns on the products and glaze them. After that, these kneaded-clays will be put into the kiln for heating.

 

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Some famous pottery brand are Minh Long, Dong Trieu, Bat Trang,…

Here are some chain stores that you can buy authentic ceramics

  1. Gom su Bat Trang 

Address: 21 Cong Hoa, Tan Binh Dist.

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/dothocungcaocapbattrang/

Website: https://dothobattrang.vn/

  1. Nha co hai nguoi store

Address: 214/19/2a Nguyen Van Nguyen St., Dist 1 .

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/nhacohainguoi.store/

Website: http://nhacohainguoi.com

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Source: Facebook Nha Co Hai Nguoi Store

 

 3. Authentique Home

Address: 113 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist 1, HCMC

Tel: +84 8 3822 8052

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/authentiquehomevn/

 

Trong hình ảnh có thể có: bàn và trong nhà

Source: Facebook Authentique Home

 

Clara, 4th July 2019.