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    Minh Tam: High Quality Lacquer Ware

    by Yezber Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Some of the stuff I bought

    This is the best quality of lacquerware I've seen in Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok and northern Thailand. The prices are high compared to other shops, but the difference in quality is remarkable.

    What to buy: Dishes, bowls, coasters, boxes, lamps and similar

    What to pay: Don't expect much more than 10-15% discount from list prices - it took us half an hour to get something like 13% when buing for 200+ USD

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    Local Crafts: Silk Scarves

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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    beautiful colors.lovely to touch

    Silk is a big thing in Hanoi and you will find shops that sell these wonderful hand embroided silk scarves at a very reasonable price. SOmething every lady would want

    What to buy: the beautiful silk scarves

    What to pay: reasonable price.between $10 and $30 US

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    Local Crafts: Colourful Lanterns

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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    very colourful
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    you will find these colourful Lanterns everywhere in the Old Quarter...they are made of a light material. I thought they were paper ..I was wrong :)

    What to buy: these would make a nice ornament in any room at home....they woudl look good in a childs room I think

    What to pay: They are cheap

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    Local Crafts: Colourful Lanterns

    by Tattugran Written Jun 23, 2009

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    very colourful
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    you will find these colourful Lanterns everywhere in the Old Quarter...they are made of a light material. I thought they were paper ..I was wrong :)

    What to buy: these would make a nice ornament in any room at home....they woudl look good in a childs room I think

    What to pay: They are cheap

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    Local Crafts: Want to buy clothes, get them here

    by stardeenaw Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    Shopowner Hoa (left)

    You will see alot of shops selling silk within Old Quarter, apart from silk, the shops sell other things too, like handicraft, lacquer ware etc. Those shops are targetted at the pockets of tourists.

    In contrast, N Silk sells one and only item - clothings. The quality of silk is good. And the price I was quoted is much lesser than other shops, in fact, it was what I paid in the end. Save your effort of trying to bargain for 50% of the quoted price like in other shops.

    A humble shopfront with a friendly and honest shopowner, Hoa (she calls herself Flower too) who speaks good English. She is only in the shop from 830am-7pm, from 7pm -9pm it will her dad manning the shop.

    When I was at the shop, I met a lady from UK who said she visited this shop 3 years ago and is here again. I saw her paying Hoa hundred of Euros to tailor make 2 tops and 2 bottoms.

    This is definitely a shop I will visit again.

    What to buy: Silk Clothing, ethnic flavoured clothings.

    What to pay: I bought two tops for 100,000VND each and 200,000VND for a silk jacket.

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    Tu Van Tiet Ky, tailor: Indulge your skin some luxury !!

    by kokoryko Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    Yes, luxury for the skin; it is not a special cream, some lotion, massage or warm bath, no, only natural silk! Silk on the skin is really pleasant. How to do this? Mainly dressing gowns, shirts, scarves or even sleeping bags, you may find in many streets of the old city, but the best is to go to the tailor’s, and let it make custom tailored: you choose the colour, the style, and the tailors takes the measures (or bring along a shirt you want to leave as a model); 24 hours later your shirt is ready! I ordered 2 silk shirts for myself and ready made dressing gowns for my daughters. 15US$ a shirt and 25US$ a gown, for natural silk it is good business for the buyer and the seller!
    Many exotic small souvenirs are on sale in the streets of Hanoi; lacquer is quite beautiful and small plates do not take a lot of space in the bag; Chinese lamps, masks, and many small items. . . . . , drums are a bit voluminous. . . . I only brought back silk and lots of pictures. . . .

    What to buy: Silk at this shop: Tu Van Tiet Ky, Hang Mahn street

    What to pay: 15 US $ a silk shirt, but I did not try to bargain a lot.

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    Local Crafts: Trendy and artistic souvenirs

    by victorwkf Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

    If you are looking for trendy, modern and artistic souvenirs in Hanoi, you can find them along Ly Quoc Su Street where the famous St Joseph's Cathedral is located, as well as nearby areas such as Nha Chung Street. There are several shops selling rather beautiful arts and crafts, but they are more expensive than those you find in the Old Quarter area (but are nicer and of better quality).

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    Local Crafts: Shopping at the Old Quarter Area

    by victorwkf Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Shopping at Old Quarters, Hanoi
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    The famous Old Quarter area north of Hoan Kiem Lake is very good for shopping, especially for ladies. While walking along the maze of chaotic and small streets, you will be many shops selling all kinds of stuff. For ladies, you can buy shirts, dresses, skarfs, handbags, shoes, silk sleeping bags etc. There are also many shops selling local crafts (e.g. beautiful lanterns) and souvenirs (some of which are very good for decorating your house), as well as nice paintings. You need to bargain hard to bring down the prices, which they normally will reduce about 20-30% maximum (this is unlike China where they will reduce the price as much as 70% sometimes!).

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    Hoa Lu handicraft

    by hientonkin Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Like a Vietnamese craft museum, with 1,000 sqm showroom. All the products from famous trade village are here: ceramics, lacquerware, bamboo & wood products, silk, embroidered paintings, bronze and stone statues large & small.
    They also have showroom at Noi Bai airport

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    Craft Link: Truly Craft

    by hientonkin Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Traditional Vietnamese handicrafts.
    Handmade Products by ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
    Is a non profit organization, have based on Sapa - if you visit Ta Phin village, you will see the house of this org.

    What to buy: Colourful Brocades bags, clothes..etc..

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    Tan My: Hanoi's Finest Embroidery

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Tan My prides in being the oldest emrbroidery shop in Hanoi. Their embroidered pieces are made of the finest silks, cotton and linen.

    Make sure you go to the one on Hang Gai as there are 2 others (spin-offs) not far from the original.

    What to buy: The tablecloths, pillow cases, placemats, bedsheets, pyjamas, dresses, shoe bags, lingerie bags, table runners are all exquisite!

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    Local Crafts: The budding artists of hanoi

    by TonyBagnall Updated May 30, 2006

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    There are stacks of art galleries that will paint you a version of an old master. You can have any of your favourite paintings reproduced in oils for you to take home. Beware the quality of some places is dubious. Look around because some galleries have highly skilled artists that will paint you a very good version of a Monet, Van Gogh etc. There are also some nice galleries that do original works.

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    Local Crafts: Art in Hanoi

    by Annette98 Written May 16, 2006

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    The area around Hoan Kiem lake has a wide variety of shops offering paintings and embroidery. You can get some great deals on a wide variety of art. Many local shops offer local Vietnamese art or replicas of famous works. In addition, the embroidery shops have framed art work and linens. There are a lot of different places so you should shop around before you buy to get familiar with the variety and quality that is available as well as an idea of the prices.

    What to pay: Oil painting of local scene (approximately 8x10) - US$5

    Full size table emroidered table cloth with napkins - $15

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    Dan Chu Shop: Handicrafts & Silk

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    Although the shop is not big, the merchanise is nicely displayed. It has a good range of silk Aodai's, scarves, men's ties & shirts. It also sells wood handicrafts & their products are of reasonably good quality. The staff were pleasant & very helpful.

    The shop offers only a minimal discount but their marked prices are reasonable, compared to the many other touristy shops that I visited. It is very close to the famous Water Puppet Theatre and faces the Hoan Kiem Lake.

    What to buy: I bought this Aodai as my Lunar New Year outfit and I bought for my daughters too. They loved them!

    What to pay: Aodai's like mine are priced between USD25-45 and the quality is good.
    Wooden handicrafts are available from USD8 upwards, men's silk ties from USD15.

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    Local Crafts: Handicraft products

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    Stoneware and ceramics
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    I like its pottery. The quality of its product is good and the prices are reasonable for its quality. The earthly and pastel colours can soothe your senses. You can consult them on how to decorate your gardens and homes.

    What to buy: The stoneware especially the fountains. It is very unique.

    What to pay: Depending on the products, from USD2.

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