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Souvenirs from Vietnam
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has many charming cities and natural parks to recommend to the visitor. Vietnamese souvenirs reflect the history and traditions of this ancient country. Lacquerware, created by covering papier-mâché pieces in a glaze, is turned into bowls, mirrors, and furniture. If you fall in love with one of the larger pieces, you can arrange to have it shipped to your home. Porcelain dinnerware, vases and decorative items are other lovely souvenirs from Vietnam for your home, as well as embroidered pillows, table cloths and bed linens. Dolls in traditional costumes are lightweight and portable, making them ideal mementos for girls. Replicas of the American- Vietnamese war are also very popular, in the form of regiment patches, weapons and maps. Teas and coffee beans make great presents for co-workers, in addition to colorful key chains, refrigerator magnets, post cards, T-shirts, posters and bumper stickers featuring slogans and images of Vietnam.
The Vietnamese clothing industry is known throughout the world for its quality and efficiency. Silk is found in abundance here, and for reasonable prices. Consider having a traditional costume made from the colors of your choice and the contours of your body, or purchase a pre-made one off the racks. Shoes and slippers made from embroidered silk are a luxurious touch to your evening clothes or boudoir, while bamboo and silk purses will add a dash of Asia to everyday clothes. A woven scarf will make a charming and inexpensive souvenir from Vietnam for family members, as well as the traditional conical hat. Those made in Hue are quite famous for the poetry embroidered inside. Gemstones are also found in abundance in the country, and make the beautifully unique designs suitable for a most luxurious memento. No matter which of the handicrafts you choose, it is recommended to deal directly with the craft workers for the best prices.