Vietnam has a nice mix of interesting markets and small shops, with handicrafts, art and clothing among the best picks.

It’s a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Vietnam

  1. Tailored Clothing

Hoi An is one of the best places in the world to get tailor-made clothing at a great price. Find a tailor, choose your fabric, get measured and return later to collect your custom-made fashion.

  1. Hilltribe Handicrafts

Some of Vietnam’s hilltribe people make excellent woven bags, clothing and jewellery which make meaningful souvenirs for friends back home.

  1. Coffee

As one of the world’s largest coffee exporters, Vietnamese coffee is among the world’s best. If you’re a coffee fan, why not take a little taste of Vietnam home with you.

  1. Lacquerware

The time consuming, intensive process of creating Vietnamese lacquer art results in a beautiful, smooth and polished finish that adorns everything from bowls to paintings and jewellery boxes. While not the cheapest of souvenirs, authentic lacquer art is worth spending a bit more on.