What to Buy in Hoi An
Because this small city is so famous for its fabulous shopping scene, visitors will have many options to choose from when looking for the best bargains and goods to purchase in Hoi An.
To ensure you have a relaxing and hassle-free trip, Asia Highlights provides the following guide about what to buy and where to buy it when shopping in Hoi An.
Silk is an important item in Vietnamese artistic heritage. In Hoi An particularly, silk is a major aspect of local culture. Every year, tourists from around the world travel to this delightful destination in search of skillfully-crafted silk fabrics available for incredible bargain prices.
Across Vietnam, silk textiles are usually produced through a process of collecting silkworm cocoons and weaving their threads manually on a loom. These elegant fabrics are then used to create all kinds of garments, accessories and tapestries.
With many skillfully-produced textiles available for purchase, this quaint city is nothing short of a haven for silk-lovers. Pick up a few ready-made silk goods such as scarves, lounge pants or home-decor.
Shoppers here also have the opportunity to visit local tailors and get fitted for custom-made silk garments. Treat yourself to a chic Ao Dai (the long traditional Vietnamese dress), or an exquisite suit, hand-crafted to fit your own size and style.
Where to Buy Silk
When shopping for silk in Hoi An, check out Hoi An Central Market on the banks of the Thu Bon River for a few pieces of silk clothing custom-made at an affordable price.
It is best to visit the marketplace either early in the morning or after dark, for a glimpse into the rich local culture.
For a more upscale silk-shopping and tailoring experience, guests should visit Ababa Hoi An (location: 148 Tran Phy Street) or Hoi An Silk Village (location: 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street). Most tailors guarantee that your garments will be ready in less than 24 hours from the time of fitting.
Hand-made lanterns are another popular souvenir for tourists in Hoi An. In accordance with local culture, these unique items can be used to decorate the home as a warm symbol of fortune and happiness.
Lanterns are available in all shapes, sizes and colors, though they are usually constructed out of silk and bamboo to create an elegant look and durable quality. Often, they are skillfully decorated with scenes inspired by nature or Vietnamese folklore. They are water-resistant and easy to clean.
No matter what your style, you are sure to find a lantern that suits your taste when shopping in Hoi An. Once they are lit up, you will find that these beautiful lanterns make perfect lamps to illuminate your bedroom, study or outdoor living space.
Where to Buy Lanterns
Lanterns are most prominent in the Ancient Town district of Hoi An city. For the best quality and value, visit Ngoc Thu Lantern Workshop (location: 109 Tran Phu Street), Nguyen Boi Lam Lantern (location: 97 Tran Phu Street), or Sedge Ware Workshop (location: 32 Le Hong Phong Street).
For shoppers interested in learning how to make their own lanterns to take home, enroll in a class at the Lifestart Foundation (location: 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc). Here, friendly, local workers will teach you everything you have ever wanted to know in respect of the lantern-production process!
Throughout Hoi An, though particularly in the Ancient Town district, you will have many opportunities to browse through fair-trade, non-profit shops where your support works to help advance the lives of local people in Hoi An. Shop for unique, hand-made gifts including jewelry, artwork and more.
Where to Buy Fair-Trade Crafts
Visit Reaching Out Arts and Crafts to peruse a variety of one-of-a-kind souvenirs. This organization aims to employ individuals with disabilities. Guests will enjoy chatting with the friendly sales staff and viewing the crafts as they are being made, in the adjacent workshop (location: 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street).
Cocobox Café Farm Shop is a quaint cafe and shop located centrally in the Ancient Town. Pick up organic, fair-trade products such as coffee, local snacks and skin-care products, while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere (location: 94 Le Loi Street).
Lifestart Foundation Workshop is another charity-based organization where shoppers can purchase exquisite handicrafts produced by disadvantaged families in the surrounding community (location: 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc).
The Asia Highlights Experience
Asia Highlights is committed to responsible travel, in order to provide worthwhile and memorable experiences for our guests. We promise that our guests will never be taken on unexpected shopping detours or forced shopping. We encourage you to keep your belongings safe whenever traveling.
Our organization also aims to promote positive development in the areas we visit. We work closely with partners in destination cities to assure our tours are led by knowledgeable local guides and young staff members looking to develop their careers.
We remind guests that shopping at locally-owned businesses is a wonderful way to support the surrounding community in Vietnam.
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