Vietnam has been proving it to be one of the best destinations for halal travelers: it has a peaceful political climate, friendly locals and decent facilities for halal tourists. You can find a lot of halal hotels and halal food in Ho Chi Minh City and mosques you can go and pray. Shopping in Vietnam is also very attractive to many halal tourists since Vietnamese products have high quality yet are cheaper. Let’s check out our list of where to shop in Vietnam and travel tips for halal shoppers.
Tips for Shopping in Vietnam
- In many markets in Vietnam, you can bargain for a better price. So don’t hesitate to ask for the price of the item you’re interested in. The seller also expects the buyer to bargain and often starts off with a much higher price.
- You can offer a price that is 40-60% lower than the seller’s price and they will probably won’t agree to that but if they see potential, they will urge you to give a more reasonable price.
- Then, you can raise your price bit by bit, about 10% at a time. But set a limit for an item you want to buy (you should ask other shops to know the market price) and the final price should just be around this limit.
- Keep the conversation and atmosphere casual and light-hearted. Be polite and avoid being aggressive.
- In Vietnam, you also can get a cheaper price if you buy in bulk.
- Check the quality of the products carefully before paying.
What to buy when shopping in Vietnam
Worry no longer about what to buy in Vietnam. In this article, you’ll see all the things you can buy in Vietnam for your shopping experience!
Vietnam is known for having fragrant, strong coffee and great variations of coffee. Vietnam is the world’s largest exporter of Robusta coffee but even better known for its ca phe sua da (iced back coffee with condensed milk) and ca phe trung (egg coffee) and the list goes on.
Making ca phe sua da is fairly easy and a cup of it would keep you all day. Buy a pack of Vietnamese coffee and a ca phe phin (coffee filter) and you can enjoy Vietnamese coffee back home.
Bring back home a scent of Vietnam that your whole family can enjoy together. Go to Hanoi’s renowned West Lake to find the best lotus tea. The elegant scent of lotus linger in the air will help you relax and make you calm.
Hanoi people have a meticulous method of making lotus tea which they considered a form of art. It takes 1500 fresh lotus flowers to make 1 kilogram of lotus tea. You can expect lotus tea to be a luxury gift to bring back home.
Brocade and Silk Products
If you don’t have a large budget for gifts and souvenirs, brocade and silk products are perfect for you. Silk and brocade are available across the country and you can find the best quality products in any major city like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and Hoi An. You can buy silk and then get it made into clothes by the local tailors at reasonable price.
Vietnam silk can absolutely make great jihads!
Vietnam Conical Hats
An iconic item that many travelers would love to bring home as a souvenir. The conical hats are considered a symbol of Vietnamese people and it’s unisex. You can buy a conical hat as a gift or you can use one during your trip in Mekong Delta – it’s useful and comfortable on the head.
The most conical hats can be found in Hue but as popular as they are, you can buy these hats everywhere in Vietnam. And don’t worry about the prices, they’re cheap!
Vietnamese lacquerware can make a much more formal gift, as in gifts for business partners or seniors. Lacquerware products required a time-consuming process and a lot of effort from the artisans. The techniques include sealing many several layers of paintings, inlays, engravings and gold leaf designs with tree sap.
The goods are varied in types, design and prices.
Besides the stuff we mentioned above, there’re still many things you can buy as souvenirs and gifts such as foodstuff, clothes, dried fruits, etc.
Where Halal travelers can go shopping in Vietnam
If you go to Vietnam for shopping, then it can’t go wrong in Hanoi. Moreover, the capital of Vietnam is even more perfect for Muslim tourists since it has an Islam mosque inside the city.
Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan is the biggest name when it comes to where to shop in Hanoi. The place has been operated for more than 100 years, and still remains as an important and irreplaceable part in Hanoi people daily life.
Located in Old Quarter, surrounded by Hang Khoai and Cau Dong street, Dong Xuan has a peculiar appearance that you can’t mistake with any other landmark. Come to Dong Xuan, you will find almost immediately the stalls that sell Vietnam souvenirs.
You can find anything from dried food, Dong Ho drawings, Bat Trang ceramics and Vietnamese traditional embroideries and paintings….
Old Quarter Night Market
This night market is actually Dong Xuan night market, only open from 18:00 to 23:00 every weekend nights (Fir-Sun). And if you’re looking for a place to enjoy Hanoi nightlife, then you should absolutely spend your time here.
The night market is about 3km long along Hang Dao walking street all the way to Dong Xuan market, making it such a lively and boisterous place to hang out for all travelers.
At Dong Xuan Night Market, not only can you shop for all things Vietnam but also enjoy all the best street food dish of Hanoi. If you’re afraid of eating food that don’t meet halal standard, there’re a lot of snack that are vegan.
However, in Dong Xuan market and Dong Xuan Night Market, you should always bargain hard.
Around Hanoi Old Quarter
The old quarter of Hanoi is known for the 36 trading guilds in the past. However, until this day, you still can find specific quality products on a specific street. Like you can find silverware on Hang Bac (the street of silverware). Around the central streets, there are a lot of shops that sell authentic Vietnamese handicraft products like brocade, lacquerware, and embroideries….
Some reliable shops around Old Quarter:
- Shop Royal Sik – 59 Hang Trong Street – Silk Products
- Craft Link Store – 43 & 51 Van Mieu Street – Handicraft store
- Trang Tien Plaza – 23K Hai Ba Trung – Shopping Mall
- Helio Vietnam Specialty Coffee – Coffee Shop
In Ho Chi Minh City
Compared to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh is the shopping paradise for halal travelers. The city has two mosques Jamia Al-Musulman and Jamiul Islamiyah which is also known as the Nancy Mosque. For Malaysian tourists, you can find halal food cooked in Malaysian style in Nguyen An Ninh Street.
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market is the most famous shopping place in Ho Chi Minh city and no way you should skip this place if you go to Ho Chi Minh city with the aim to shop.
Ben Thanh market is located in Quach Thi Trang site, occupying a vast area with hundreds of stalls, shops, and stores. Not only it’s a popular shopping place, Ben Thanh is also a significant landmark with historic, cultural and architectural values.
In Ben Thanh you can shop for handicraft, souvenirs, dried foodstuff…. In Ben Thanh, you can also eat the specialty of southern Vietnam in the market’s food court.
However, you also need to bargain hard when shopping here.
Binh Tay Market
- Address: Binh Tay market, 57 Thap Muoi, Quan 6, Ho Chi Minh
- Opening hours: 6:00 – 19:00
Often overshadowed by Ben Thanh market, Binh Tay doesn’t attract as many tourists as Ben Thanh market does. However, Binh Tay market has its own charms like you can find here the vendors shelling steaming street food.
If souvenirs and handicrafts are what you are looking for, Binh Tay also has what you’re looking for.
There’s also a huge section selling Vietnamese cooking utensils, nuts, spices, and tools.
Saigon Square Shopping Mall
- Location: Corner of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Le Loi Streets
- Location: 8:00 – 22:00
Get to the corner of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Le Loi in District 1 to enjoy the shipping paradise in HCMC – Saigon Square. This two-level building is filled with stalls selling fashion, accessories and jewelry. Compared to Ben Thanh and other local markets in Sai Gon, this place is considered more pleasant with air-conditioners on full blast and electric lights. The stalls are neatly organized and the floor is clean.
Expect to bargain here, just like what you have to do in any other market in Vietnam.
Xuan Mai – Baju Kurung Factory
- Address: No.10, Road No.3, Tran Trong Cung Street, Tan Thuan Dong Ward.
Visit Xuan Mai – Baju Kurung Factory to buy Naelofar Hijab, telekung, Bokitta…. This shop sells wholesale and retail, also ships online to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. You can always find trendy and updated Muslim fashion here. A shop you shouldn’t miss in Vietnam.
Danny & Linda Shop
- Address: 547 Kinh Duong Vuong, An Lac, Binh Tan district, HCMC
If you’re finding material for your next clothing, this shop is the place to go. Danny & Linda Shop focuses on silk, cotton, todong, lycra, chiffon, and also Muslim fashion: hijab, viscose shawl, telekung, Shawl, baju melayum baju kurung, jubah…. They also offer tailor service in 1 day which is just convenient for anyone who doesn’t have much time spent in HCMC.
Mai Saigon – Daina’s collection
- Address: 101 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mai Saigon (Daina’s Collection) is the most famous name in all the shops mentioned here. Not only just a shop, but Mai Saigon is also the fashion brand that has been operated in Vietnam and many other countries in Southeast Asia – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei….) since 1985.
The brand is known for focusing in design details and product quality. What you can find here: traditional baju kurung, telekung, modern baju kurung, tudung embroidery, Jubah….
- Address: 100 Le Thanh Ton Street, HCMC
Minh collection is the place to go to when you want a tailor-made Muslim dress. They also sell Muslim clothes at an affordable price.
In Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta isn’t only a beautiful destination but it also is a great place for shopping unique local things. Here are some great sites to help you enjoy shopping to your heart’s content.
Cai Rang market
Cai Rang market is a basic destination in any Mekong tour. Cai Rang is the finest example for a Mekong’s delta floating market where local farmers often sell their fruits and vegetables for wholesale buyers in the early morning. Thanks to tourism, Cai Rang market has expanded with a lot of services and products.
To visit this market, it’s better to wake up earlier to catch a boat that you take you all the way to the market and back. Besides shopping for fresh fruits, you’ll also enjoy the bustling, busy atmosphere of a local market in the early morning.
Thoi Son Island
Thoi Son Island is a famous tourist destination in Mekong Delta, located in Tien Giang province. It’s also known as the ‘fruit basket of Vietnam’. Visitors coming to Thoi Son Island will enjoy the taste of the fresh fruits here such as plums, mangoes, longans, durians, oranges, bananas, star-apples and rambutans…. Besides a lot of fruits and fun activities, Thoi Son island is also a great place for shopping, especially to those who want to find delicious local products.
While visiting traditional handicraft villages on the island such as embroidery workshops, coconut candy factory and bee farm… you can buy these products as many as you want to bring home as souvenirs and gifts for friends and family.
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