Hoi An is a town unlike any other in Vietnam. Once the commercial capital of the Champa Empire, a seafaring people who ruled over Vietnam’s central coast, it became a busy port city between the 16th and 18th centuries.
All too often visitors to Vietnam find themselves saddled with cumbersome souvenirs in the form of conical hats that don’t survive the overhead bins, colorful ao dai (national dress) tunics difficult to wear back home or bottles of pungent nuoc mam (fish sauce) quarantined in the back of the kitchen cabinet. For souvenirs that are both beautiful and practical, here’s our shopping guide to products inspired by Vietnam that you’ll actually use long after your trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
There's a lot to love about travelling in Vietnam, which stretches from the soaring mountains and fascinating ethnic groups of the north to the endless rice paddies and vibrant waterways of the Mekong Delta in the south, with more than 3000km of glorious coastline in between.