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Ho Chi Minh City Shopping Tips - things to buy when visiting Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is a really fun place to shop. In this hustle and bustle commercial center of Vietnam, tourists can find a wealth of interesting items for purchase such as clothing, gems and jewellery, foods and drinks to arts and crafts.

Also, embroidery, vases, rosewood boxes, wood-block prints, oil or water colour paintings, ceramic and crafts are ubiquitous in souvenir shops along the city center. This article will point out some of the most typical items among things you can buy in Ho Chi Minh city.

1. Souvenir and Handicrafts:

Exquisite silk craft and a small statue of Vietnamese man or woman in traditional costume may be the most popular when it comes to handicraft and souvenir in Ho Chi Minh city. Also, wooden chopsticks are another favourite choice among Western guests since this not only represents the culture of chopsticks in Vietnam but also are of great importance when you hold Asian dinners in your home country.

Besides, sand paintings are regarded as one of the most enchanting gifts. Sand paintings are made from natural and non-processed sand without using any bonding chemicals. Just simple tools such as coffee spoons, vases, glasses are utilized to control the amount of sand and therefore, in order to create an art sand painting; the artists need to be extremely patient and meticulous.

The paintings may reflect poetic natural beauty in Vietnam, famous architectural wonders of modern world such as Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera Theater and Liberty Statue and even the portrait of outstanding world leaders such as US President or Russia Prime Minister. The price ranges from 5-20 USD per painting.

2. Coffee and Tea:

For Vietnamese coffee, it is surly one of the most sought-after pleasures by tourists. The uniquely delicious coffee with rich and heirloom flavour is deep-roasted but never burnt, giving customers the most rewarding coffee experience. As far as the tea is concerned, Vietnam green tea scented with lotus or jasmine may be the best choice. Travellers can find a wide selection of Vietnam coffee and tea at the exhilarating Ben Thanh Market. The price varies from 2-10 USD.

3. Ao dai (Vietnam traditional dresses)

Fashion lovers from all over the world cannot miss out Vietnamese traditional dress when shopping in Ho Chi Minh city. Our national costume has gained great reputation universally thanks to its beautiful and elegant design. You can visit numerous custom-made boutiques along the city and choose your best-liked pattern of Vietnam authentic silk. The tailor will jot down the measurement of your body and make Ao dai as your preference. The medium waiting time is about one or two days and the approximate cost is 25 to 50 USD per outfit.

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