Lanterns, silk, pop-up cards, green bean cakes, bronze sculpture, etc. are some interesting gifts that you can give to relatives and friends after your Hoi An tour.
Among handicrafts items sold in Hoi An shopping areas, colorful lanterns can be seen as the most impressive thing to tourists.
The lanterns have many different types in sizes and colors (ivivu)
Not only being sold in Hoi An shopping center, lanterns appear on the streets, outside the restaurants and the local houses. Naturally, lanterns have become an integral part of this city.
Hoi An lanterns are diverse in styles and colors, being made under the talented hands of local artisans with prices from 15,000 dong (~ 0.7 USD) for a small lantern.
2. Silk and clothing
In Hoi An shopping guide, silk and clothing is not a bad choice. Hoi An silk is very light and soft. From this material, tailor shops have created a variety of products such as clothing, bags, towels, etc. with different styles and designs.
You can buy many clothes made from silk (backpackingaddictz)
You can have your clothing made by tailors within one day. Price of a silk scarf is about 150,000 VND (6.8 USD), of clothing is from one million to tens of millions VND depending on types.
- Yaly - 358 Nguyen Duy Hieu
- A Dong Silk - 40 Le Loi
- Lana - 130 Tran Phu
- Bao Khanh Silk - 101 Tran Hung Dao
- Thu Thuy - 60 Le Loi
- Tony the tailor - 294 Nguyen Duy Hieu
- B'lan Silk - 23 Tran Phu
Phuoc Kieu bronze sculpture
In Hoi An, there is a craft village that is specialized in manufacturing bronze stuffs named Phuoc Kieu (Dien Phuong Commune, Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province).
And buy the bronze statues (Dieu Huyen)
Besides sightseeing there, you can buy for yourself small bronze statues, gongs, bells, drums, animal shapes,etc. as souvenirs. They costs about 130.000-350.000 VND (6 USD – 16 USD) depending on sizes.
You can buy these bronze stuffs by shopping in Hoi An town in the center, however, as one of the Hoi An shopping tips for affordable prices, it's best to buy at the craft village.
3. Thanh Ha pottery
Thanh Ha pottery village is located on the bank of Thu Bon River within Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An City, about 2km from the old town to the west.
Or buy many artist potteries at Thanh Ha (hoianfoodtour)
The main products in Thanh Ha are things for daily uses with many different styles and colors. Specially, these products in Thanh Ha are lighter than these in other local areas.
Like in some other Vietnam tourist spots, besides the purpose of buying ceramics, tourists can experience how to make some traditional craft products in this pottery village.
Tourists can visit and buy many traditional paintings (designs)
Hoi An is the place having lots of famous painters and photographers whose products are extremely beautiful. Each painting costs from a million to tens of millions VND. In order to buy a painting as a gift or just enjoy the beauty of the art work in Hoi An you can visit:
- Phu Tam Photography – 99 Nguyễn Thái Học
- Phu Tam Photography - 99 Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Art House Gallery - 692 Hai Ba Trung
- T & G Art Gallery - 46 Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Hoi An Art Craft Manufacturing Workshop - 9 Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Hoi An Art Café - 30 Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Hay Hay - 155 Tran Phu
- Galerie Ami - 46 Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Au Lac Wood Art - 152 Tran Phu
- Ancient Gallery - Tran Phu
- Hoi An Fine Art Gallery - 42 Phan Boi Chau
5. Pop-up cards
If you feel confused of what to buy in Hoi An, pop-up cards may be a suggestion. Pop-up cards aren’t sold in luxury stores, yet mainly at the sidewalk of Hoi An streets as well as at the night market.
Or buy creative pop-up cards in Hoi An theme (Dansinh)
Many tourists love these items a lot thanks to their sophisticated and subtle designs. You can choose cards with different patterns such as Japanese Bridge Temple, lotuses and boats with an average price of 40.000 VND per card (1.8 USD).
6. Green bean cakes
About shopping in Hoi An for foods, you can choose to buy green bean cakes. These cakes are mainly made from green beans which are very good for health. The unique characteristic of this sweetened cake is its stuff made of salted and fried pork fat.
Or you can buy the specialty “banh dau xanh” which is made from green beans (ivivu)
Green bean cakes have wan-letter shape on their surfaces and they are dried and packaged carefully. Therefore, the cakes can be in the good conditions for long.
There are two kinds of green bean cakes, namely dried cakes and wet cakes. Both cakes are made by molds with thin circular shapes. The dried cakes are crispy while wet caked are soft.
- Ms. Trinh green bean bakery - 62 Le Loi
- Hoi An Market