Shopping in Hoi An – top 10 things to buy with prices

Hoi An is the perfect place for shopping addicts. Are you looking for gorgeous tailor-made dresses, amazing shoes, leather bags or handicrafts? Search no more and welcome to paradise!

Also known for its colorful lanterns and charm, Hoi An has become one of the main attractions of Vietnam (read about the main Hoi An attractions here). There is no way to leave this little town without buying something.

Hoi An orange sunset

Strolling in the Hoi An old town can be full of temptations but the biggest temptation of them all are the prices. Nothing can beat the prices of Hoi An local merchants. Therefore, if you are looking for bargains, I have compiled the complete list of things to buy in Hoi An with prices.

Pro Tips:

1. Before digging deeper into the things you can buy, I want to share with you my biggest advice for shopping in Hoi An and Vietnam, in general: always negotiate! Most of the times, when the vendors will see that you are a foreigner, they will ask for double the price. A good starting point for negotiation would be to offer half of what they are asking. Also, if you are looking for affordable prices do not hesitate to step out of the touristy area.

2. Most of the shops provide shipping to your home country for the goods purchased, in case you don’t have enough space in your luggage. There are two shipping options: either you choose fast shipping companies like DHL or by container (cheapest option – about $40 –  but it takes about 6 months for the package to arrive, depending on where you are living).

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Things to buy in Hoi An and gift ideas

1. Leather bags

Leather bags at a market in Hoi An

I totally fell in love with the leather bags in Hoi An. The designs are amazing and the quality is the best. You can choose from different styles: hand bags, luggage and laptop bags.

Fair prices:

Leather hand bag & laptop bag: 1,800,000 VND – $80

Leather luggage: 2,800,000 VND – $120

2. Shoes

Leather shoes shopping in Hoi An

Shoes are a girl’s best friend, right? Well, in Hoi An, shoes are a guy’s best friend too because the designs are great! Moreover, if you can’t find your dream shoe, you can always order some custom-made. Choose the design, the leather and in 1-2 days your shoes are ready!

Fair price:

Shoes: starting with 675,000 VND – $35

3. Lanterns

Hoi An is also called the City of Lanterns for a good reason. With so many designs to choose from, you cannot leave this place without buying a beautifully decorated lantern for your living room. Choose the size, the pattern and don’t forget to negotiate the price!

If you really love lanterns, you can make your own! Book a lantern making class and create your own lantern!

Fair prices:

Small lantern – 80.000 VND – $3,5

Big lantern – 100,000 VND/ 120,000 VND – $4,5/ $5,5

4. Clothes

Shopping for clothes at a Hoi An tailor

And here we are, the reason why Hoi An is so popular among fashion lovers. There are many tailors to choose from, but I would recommend choosing one that is out of the touristy area since the prices will be lower. You can have your dream dress, skirt or suit, tailored made for you for a reasonable price in Hoi An. Moreover, your dream clothes will be ready in just 24h. How cool is that? Shopping has never been easier.

Fair prices:

Suit for men: 2,300,000-6,800,000 VND – $100-$300

Shirt for men: 340,000VND – $15

Dress: starting with 450,000 VND – $20

Skirt: 450,000 VND – $20

5. Non La

The traditional Vietnamese conic hat is an iconic symbol of Vietnam and a must have item. Apart from being extremely photogenic (check out the top 6 photo spots in Hoi An here), the Non La is also very useful for protecting you from the sun. What few people know is that the Non La is mostly worn by women. Men wear a slightly different design.

If you are wondering what to buy in Hoi An, you should definitely get a Non La!

Fair price:

Non La: 25,000 VND – $1

6. Round straw bags

Straw bag shopping at a Hoi An market

These round, handmade straw bags are too cute to be true and they can easily match any summer outfit. It was so hard not to buy one, but since I am backpacking for a long period of time, shopping is not an option for me (insert sad face here).

Fair prices:

Small round bag: 200,000 VND – $9

Big round bag: 300,000 VND – $13

7. Accessories

Hoi An market with bracelets and jewelry for sale

Are you looking for some jewelry to match your new clothes, shoes and bags? You can find a wide range of jewelry (both from silver/ gold or plastic/ other materials) in Hoi An: rings, necklaces, bracelets and charms. If you are looking for cheaper options, take a stroll in the Hoi An Night Market and you will not be disappointed.

Fair price:

It really depends on what kind of jewelry you are looking for. Just don’t forget to negotiate the price!

8. Art

paintings at a Hoi An market

If you are an art lover, Hoi An is your happy place. There are many shops which sell paintings, photography and sewn paintings depicting the daily life of Vietnamese people. By far, my favorites were the hand sewn paintings. You can even see how they are made if you are in the old city.

Fair price:

It is really hard to put a price tag on art since the prices vary a lot depending on dimension and style of the artwork.

9. Home decor

Shopping for pottery in Hoi An

There are so many home decor shops in Hoi An to choose from! Some sell traditional Vietnamese items while others have more Ikea-style designs. Just stroll around the old city and you can find pretty much anything from glasses to bed covers and chairs.

Fair prices:

Soap dispenser (hand painted): 250,000 VND – $11

Glass: 30,000 – $1,5

10. Scarves and ties

shopping for scarves at a Hoi An market

Giving the fact that Hoi An was once part of the famous maritime silk road, it is easy to see why so many accessories are made of silk, including scarves and ties. If you are thinking of gift ideas for the loved ones back home, a scarf or a tie would be just perfect.

Fair price:

Scarf/ tie: 120,000 VND – $5,5

Where to stay in Hoi An

I’ve spent two weeks in Hoi An and I’ve searched for the best accommodation around the city. Here are my recommendations:

  • Budget – Vi Khoa Villa – excellent location, extremely clean, good breakfast, friendly staff
  • Mid-budget – Laluna Hotel – near the city center, comfortable & clean rooms, beautiful pool
  • LuxuryLasenta Hotel – infinity pool towards the rice fields, luxurious rooms, excellent service & breakfast included

Hoi An is full of pretty things to buy and amazing gift ideas at reasonable prices. Honestly, I wanted to buy so many clothes and bags but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough space in my backpack. However, I am determined to go back and do some serious Hoi An shopping. Let me know in the comments what would you like to buy from this amazing city.

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11 Comments

  1. May 19, 2018 / 2:08 am

    I am definitely saving this! Such a great guide to my favorite hobby 🙂 Now I just have to plan a trip back to Vietnam haha!

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      June 30, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Haha. You will love Hoi An!

  2. May 19, 2018 / 2:41 am

    I’ll take one striped maxi dress and one leather purse please! But really, I wouldn’t have enough room in my pack for all the shopping I’d want to do! Any experience with the Vietnamese postal service?

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      June 30, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Yes! I’ve sent a package and it arrived safely home!

  3. May 19, 2018 / 3:01 am

    Ooh I’m about this list! I’d definitely be the street art collector – I actually did that for a year of my travels, and I was so glad I did :).

  4. May 19, 2018 / 4:34 am

    Oh man, I wanted to buy soooo much stuff in Vietnam! I really need to go back, for many many reasons, but this is one of them! This is a really useful post too, it’s always handy to know how much you should be paying. 🙂

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      June 2, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks so much! Vietnam is an amazing place for shopping!

  5. January 24, 2019 / 6:00 am

    These are good recommendations to buy. I like so much your photo of lanterns, that is very attractive and nice. I often buy leather bags in Hoi An. Actually, it is tailored-made as the design from the photo. I like this activity.

  6. April 25, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Hanoi is a good place to shop! We bought a lot of home decor items and lacquerware! They were so pretty I love them so much.

  7. Johanne T
    October 29, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Two places you definitely don’t want to buy anything from are Vui Tinh ‘Funny Market’ (for shoes) and Emma ‘souvenir shop’ (clothes). A genuine warning to those reading: DO NOT PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM THESE SHOPS. They took our money and told us to be back by 5pm as we were leaving the next day. These women closed shop before 5pm (when we arrived). Literally took our money and ran. Couldn’t believe it, they seemed like the loveliest ladies and it was a proper set up. A scam people, don’t make the same mistake we did!

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      October 31, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience and helping others!

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