The best souvenirs to buy in Ho Chi Minh City include traditional hats or dresses (ao dai), paintings, silk clothes, Vietnamese snacks, jewellery and fair-trade handicrafts.

Ho Chi Minh City (and Vietnam in general for that matter), is so full of fascinating sights, sounds, tastes and emotions that you’d be hard-pressed not to take a single souvenir back from your travel, to at least have something to remember your unique experiences by.

Luckily, the city is blooming with souvenirs you can carry back on the plane with you: authentic handmade gifts, traditional items, street market treasures, affordable art pieces and artisanal handicrafts made by skilled designers. There is no end what to take back - including coffees, teas and dried snacks to treat your friends and family back home. Items from ethnic minorities can be purchased in select places as well, and make for great souvenirs.

Head over to our Top 7 Souvenirs article to get a quick overview of popular items travelers like bringing back home. Coveted items include tailor-made clothing, silk cloth and silk embroidery painting, lacquer and sand paintings, artisanal products from shops like The House of Saigon and musical instruments.

Small knickknacks and generic souvenirs are readily available in busy areas like the backpacker district and Ben Thanh Market. Luxury goods and brand-name high-ticket items can be found in malls and specialized shops around Ho Chi Minh City. Jewelry makers are scattered throughout Saigon and offer an endless variety of rings, necklaces, earrings and other accessories at reasonable prices.

Gadgets and electronics are nothing special, and are priced as high (if not more) as in Western countries. You would be better off sticking to traditional items Vietnam is known for. Standard items such as shoes, sunglasses, shirts and bags can be bought at bargain rates, but quality is guaranteed. Check our tips on how to bargain in Ho Chi Minh City.

souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City

Authentique Home

Authentique Home

Since its foundation in 1995, Authentique Home has dedicated itself to celebrate and uphold the fine craft traditions of Vietnam with refined design, selected materials and masterly craftsmanship.

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Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong+, incorporating Mekong Quilts and Mekong Creations, is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. They use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in their products. Their accessories range combines the use ...

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Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon handcrafts its own beauty care products using the best flora Vietnam has to offer. The hand-cut soaps are created from botanical extracts and natural oils such as rice bran oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The shop ensures everything it makes, from the aromatherapy candles that double as body oil, to the100% natural lipstick, are free from ...

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Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft in Saigon designs and produces high quality Vietnamese products that blend innovative modern art with traditional styles. Every piece is handmade by skilled artisans, creating beauty beyond function. Lacquerware pieces range from wall decorations to plates and trays and decorative lamps to illuminate the night. For something extraordinary, exquisite original lacquer furniture adds colour to any ...

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Nagu

Nagu

A whole host of beautifully made souvenirs awaits you at Nagu. On display are countless hand-crafted accessories that make great gifts and are quite unlike anything else you will find in Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam. A lovely range of comfortable children's clothes with material from Japan will transform any child into a darling prince or princess. Choose from ...

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Minh Sang Ceramics

Minh Sang Ceramics

In Saigon you can buy elegant pre-made ceramics from Minh Long and you can also do it yourself at their ceramic centre. Pick a design, grab some colours and make your own souvenir to take back to your friends at home. They'll love it.

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Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon Workshop

Savon de Saigon handcrafts its own beauty care products using the best flora Vietnam has to offer. The hand-cut soaps are created from botanical extracts and natural oils such as rice bran oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The shop ensures everything it makes, from the aromatherapy candles that double as body oil, to the100% natural lipstick, are free from ...

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Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts is non-profit organisation that specialises in high quality hand stitched bed covers. The organisation provides employment, training and benefits to women from rural Vietnam and Cambodia. Profits are reinvested into the community through its NGO, Mekong Plus. Quilt styles range from traditional to contemporary, using patchwork, piecing and various stitching techniques. The shops stock a wide selection of ...

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Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations

Mekong Creations is a non-profit organisation that specialises in unique locally-produced household and gift items, including rag rugs, papier mache, silk, bamboo and water hyacinth products. Mekong Creations also produces items for luxury French brand Terre d'Oc and sells these products throughout HCMC. Mekong Creations is a project of NGO Mekong Plus, supporting community development programmes in remote villages in ...

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Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong Plus HCMC

Mekong+, incorporating Mekong Quilts and Mekong Creations, is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. They use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in their products. Their accessories range combines the use ...

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Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth is a fast growing free-floating plant that has become a problem in the Mekong Delta where it clogs waterways and chokes river life. That's the bad news. The good news is that the plant is being harvested to create weaved ornamental and functional products ranging from table mats and picnic hampers to sofas and chairs. Water hyacinth products ...

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Catherine Denoual Maison

Catherine Denoual Maison

Catherine Denoual's light airy boutique is a haven of beauty in Ho Chi Minh City that elevates soft furnishings to haute couture. The shop stocks Catherine's range of hand-embroidered bed linens, tableware and soft furnishings, all made from the highest quality materials. All Catherine's sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are a luxurious 500 thread count Egyptian cotton-satin. Be certain ...

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Life Impress - An Tuong

Life Impress - An Tuong

Find the perfect souvenir or gift at Life Impress - An Tuong in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Choose from a range of beautifully made products that breathe sophistication and beauty. Everything in the shop is factory made by the owner, who guarantees the quality of the items. Peruse through a selection of crockery, photo albums, jewellery, picture ...

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Zippos

Zippos

Once a faithful companion to U.S. soldiers during the War, Zippos can be found scattered throughout Vietnam and in select shops in HCMC. Each Zippo tells a unique story. Most are still functioning and only require a top up of lighter fluid and a new flint. They are priced according to the year, design, quality and condition. Many are priced ...

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and renewable resource with a delicate grain that makes it distinctive and elegant. A large range of bamboo products are produced in Saigon and Vietnam including vases, trays and platters, as well as larger furniture items. With the plant growing abundantly around HCMC and Vietnam, prices are reasonable. Bamboo is also used as the mould ...

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Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft

Nga Art and Craft in Saigon designs and produces high quality Vietnamese products that blend innovative modern art with traditional styles. Every piece is handmade by skilled artisans, creating beauty beyond function. Lacquerware pieces range from wall decorations to plates and trays and decorative lamps to illuminate the night. For something extraordinary, exquisite original lacquer furniture adds colour to any ...

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Dogma

Dogma

Proudly advertising the sale of Vietnamese kitsch, Dogma stocks reproductions of old propaganda posters emblazoned on cards, jackets, souvenirs and t-shirts. Inject a little socialist reality in your wardrobe and home decor. With morale from the Ministry, Dogma fuses retro Vietnamese propaganda art with urban fashion and comrade souvenirs, all brilliantly updated.   The Dogma Poster Collection in HCMC is ...

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Jewellery in Saigon

Jewellery in Saigon

It is easy to be distracted by the jewellery shops with a mixture of precious and semi-precious stones including diamonds and sapphires paired with silver gold or white gold. Jade is the most popular stone as it is believed to bring luck. The cost of raw materials can be higher in Vietnam but the price of items is often lower ...

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Antiques

Antiques

Le Cong Kieu Street, near Ben Thanh Market, is one of Saigon's best kept secrets. One hundred metres long and packed with more than 60 antique shops, every store is in turn jam packed with hundreds of items. Rummage through the treasure trove of stone statues, lamps, ceramic pots, clocks and coins and you unearth a rare find. Be aware ...

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Lacquerware

Lacquerware

Vietnamese lacquerware is sought after by collectors for its beauty and durability. Some lacquer manufactories in Saigon host free tours. Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum at Pho Duc Chinh is home to many fine pieces of vintage lacquerware. The art galleries along Dong Khoi feature modern lacquer pieces. It can take more than 12 stages of production to ...

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Nagu

Nagu

A whole host of beautifully made souvenirs awaits you at Nagu. On display are countless hand-crafted accessories that make great gifts and are quite unlike anything else you will find in Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam. A lovely range of comfortable children's clothes with material from Japan will transform any child into a darling prince or princess. Choose from ...

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Straw Hats

Straw Hats

There is no more iconic souvenir than the Vietnamese non la, or 'leaf hat'. Even as Saigon climbs the rungs of modernity, the humble leaf hat can still be seen atop many a head around HCMC. This distinctive lid has become a national symbol representing the hard-working spirit of Vietnam and its people. The conical hat is fashioned out of ...

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The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon

The House of Saigon is an all-in-one handmade goods, café and tea shop, featuring unique handcrafted items, a 1940s-Saigon-inspired décor and yummy treats. Also available are homemade spices, a personal tea master that brews up savory samples for guests and handmade jewelry – all at reasonable prices. It’s not hard to find souvenirs in Ho Chi Minh City. They’re on ...

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Buffalo Horn

Buffalo Horn

There are a number of Saigon-based jewellers creating works with buffalo horn. Aside from jewellery, buffalo horn is used to create eating utensils, pipes and hair care tools and decorations. Colours range from pale cream to ebony. It is said that the spirit of the buffalo resides in the horn, thus it has immense power that can be transferred to ...

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Model Boats

Model Boats

Boat modelling is a craft as old as shipbuilding, and dates back to the development of water transport. In Vietnam, model boats hail from a woodworking village in Dong Nai, and there are hobby stores in HCMC where you can buy the boats. Replicas range from miniatures to complex, full-masted scale models. The time to complete a model boat ranges ...

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Porcelain/Ceramics

Porcelain/Ceramics

Most Vietnamese ceramics created after the era of Chinese domination were influenced by Chinese art. In time, these porcelain works evolved into something distinctly Vietnamese. Vietnam now produces high quality ceramic household items, from teapots to large bowls. Often cobalt blue and white, but available in a variety of colours, pieces can be used decoratively and functionally. In HCMC a ...

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Miss Ao Dai

Miss Ao Dai

Based over three floors, Miss Ao Dai is the ultimate in souvenir shopping. Products are carefully selected and are of the highest quality. Peruse the whole range of handmade goods including bags, jewellery and replicas of antique Chinese furniture in a hassle-free environment. Remember to check out the workshop where you can see or have an ao dai tailored within ...

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Viet Artisans

Viet Artisans

Check out their beautiful gifts, handmade bags and notebooks that reflect the richness of the Vietnamese culture and make great gifts for your loved ones. Their products are available for online purchase and ship internationally.

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Propaganda Art

Propaganda Art

Propaganda is commonly a form of political influence, but has also been used for campaigns to promote public health and safety. Vietnam's propaganda art truly came to light during the American War. Trumpeting everything from fighting to industrial production, this socialist style now has a very hip retro feel and can be found on items from old posters to handbags ...

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