HANDICRAFT, ART GALLERY & CLOTHING

In Saigon:

Handicraft:

Dong Khoi street is lined with small shops selling all manner of pretty items for adorning the self or the home

Authentique Interiors:

(Tel: 822 1333; authentique@hcm.vnn.vn; 6 Dong Khoi street) Interesting home furnishings, tableware, ceramics, unique embroidery designs on pillowcases, clothina and baas

Precious Qui:

(Email: quasarkhanh@hcm.vnn.vn; Tel: 825 6817; 29A Dong Khoi street) Ceramics, housewares and silks in contemporary, minimalist designs

Oriental Home:

(Tel: 510 0194; www .madeinvietnamcollection.com; 2A Le Duan) Furniture, ceramics, lamps, lanterns and stone carvings, some of which are antiques; also sells jewellery, clothing and does custom-made ao dai

Main Handicrsfts:

(Tel: 844 0988; maivn@hcm.vnn.vn; 298 Nguyen Trong Tuyen, Tan Binh district) Fair-trade shop dealing in ceramics, ethnic fabrics and other gift items, in turn supporting disadvantaged families and street children

Clothing:

At the budget end of the scale, T-shirts are available from vendors along Le Loi street in the city centre, or De Tham street in the Pham Ngu Lao area. Expect to pay about US$2 for a printed T-shirt and US$3 to US$5 for an embroidered one

Ao dai:

the silk tunic and trousers, are tailored at shops in and around Ben Thanh Market and around the Rex and Continental Hotels. There are also male ao dai available - these are a looser fit and come with a silk-covered head wrap to match

Ao Dai Si Hoang:

(Tel: 822 5271; sihoang@ hcm.vnn.vn; 260 Pasteur, District 3) is a good and reliable place to have ao dai made

The Dong Khoi:

neighbourhood is awash with tempting shops selling contemporary clothing. Some will also custom-tailor clothing and shoes, and turnaround usually takes a few days. A survey of the neighbourhood around Pasteur street and Le Thanh Ton street yields "at least a half-dozen boutiques; Dong Khoi street and Ngo Due Ke street or Dong Du street reveal yet more

Khai Silk:

(Tel: 829 1146; khaisilksg@hcm .fpt.vn; 107 Dong Khoi) One branch of this well-established silk empire; a reliable choice for tailored suits or ao dai

Art galleries:

Apricot Gallery:

50-52 Mac Thi Buoi, D1, tel: (84.8) 822 7962

Duc Minh Gallery:

23 Ly Tu Trong, D1 tel: (84.8) 7232449, fax: (84.8) 933-0497

Saigon Art Gallery:

77 Mac Thi Buoi, D1, tel: (84.8) 822 6048, fax: (84.8) 898 2550

Tara & Keys Gallery:

31 Ngo Duc Ke, D1, tel: (84.8) 823 4408

Van Gallery:

43 Dong Khoi, D1, tel: (84.8) 823 9546

In Hanoi:

Handicraft:

There are quite a few stores in Hanoi that offer new and antique Vietnamese handicrafts (lacquerware, mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture, ceramics, sandalwood statuettes etc), as well as watercolours, oil paintings, prints and assorted antiques (real and fake). Pho Hang Gai, Pho To Tich, Pho Hang Khai and Pho Cau Go are happy hunting grounds

Viet Hien:

(Tel: 826 9769; 8B Pho Ta Hien) An enormous warehouse of antiques, paintings, furniture and handicrafts, including rattan creations that are a hell of a lot cheaper than at home

Vietnamese House:

(Tel: 826 2455; 92 Pho Hang Bac) A small but attractive shop dealing in a mix of old and new treasures
There is a strip of antique shops located on Le Duan, across from the Hotel Nikko on Tran Nhan Tong, but most tend to be overpriced

Art galleries:

Aspiring young arlists display their works in Hanoi's private art galleries in the hope of attracting a buyer
The highest concentration of upmarket galleries is on Pho Trang Tien, between Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House - just stroll down the strip. Most art galieries have some English-speaking staff, and are open daily until 8pm or 9pm. Prices range from a few dollars to a few thousand and polite bargaining is the norm

Apricot Gallery:

Add: 40B Hang Bong
Tel: (84.4) 828 8965
Another upmarket gallery with well displayed pieces and professional service

Gallery 79 Tue Tinh:

Add: 79 Tue Tinh
Tel: (84.4) 822 6874
Opportunities to choose paintings that have been selected from the works of Vietnamese talented painters of various generations

Hanoi Art Gallery:

Add: 36-38 Trang Tien
Tel: (84.4) 934 7192
Central location close to Hoan Kiem Lake. Wide range of works, some at very reasonable prices

In Hoian:

Shops and galleries:

Bao Khanh Tailors:

37 Phan Dinh Phung1
Tel: (84.510) 861 818
Popular tailors specialising in made-to-measure fashion, formal wear and casual clothing. Well patronised and enjoying a good reputation. Ask for Mr Binh

Que Noi Gallery:

83 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Tel: (84.510) 863 184
Recently opened gallery showcasing the contemporary artwork of acclaimed local artist Bui Cong Khanh

Reaching Out:

(Hoa Nhap Handicrafts)
103 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Tel: (84.510) 910 103
A centralised marketing service for gifts & handicrafts"made by disabled Vietnatncse. "Great gifts for a Great Cause"

Yaly Couture:

47 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Tel: (84.510) 910 474
High-quality tailors specialising in modern fashions for ladies and gentlemen. Wide range of fabrics & styles. All tailoring is carried out on the premises - unlike many other Hoi An outlets

Tailor shops:

Welcome to Hoi An, a small port town in the middle of Vietnam where experienced tailors eagerly await your order. You may be thinking that this is impossible, or that it would cost a fortune. You may also be thinking that to get this service you would have to go to an expensive tailor in Beverly Hills. Well, you would be wrong!
In Hoi An you will have the luxury of walking into a shop knowing that whatever you buy will fit perfectly and that every detail will be as you wish. The biggest dilemma will be which color to choose for your new outfit!
When you arrive an oasis of tailor shops greets you. You can choose a tailor on your own, or if you want a recommendation, you can ask at the front desk of your hotel. They will have feedback from recent guests and will also direct you on where to go to begin your shopping
As you enter a store very experienced tailors will greet you. First the tailors will measure you and next you will choose which colors and types of cloth you want. Cotton and silk are the main fabrics used for clothing made in Hoi An, and they range in quality. Colors are about the only thing that vary from shop to shop and if you are not satisfied with the selection at the store you go to, the tailors will be more than happy to use cloth from another shop
The next part of the process is the most fun. During this time you are able to describe exactly what you want to the tailors. If you don't know exactly what you want, the tailors will happily guide you along until you are satisfied with your order. Pockets or no pockets? Exactly how long should that skirt be? And what color buttons for that shirt? The tailors will cater to your requests and to make sure that you will look good in the clothes that they make for you
The first is Tien. The shop specializes in silk and cotton garments and has an assortment of colors and styles to choose from. These friendly tailors charge reasonable prices and speak both French and English. Orders can be made at the store at 54 Nguyen Truong To. Orders can also be made by Telephone: 0510-863900.
Dong Phuong, the second shop. Dong Phuong is located at: 15b Le Loi Street and their telephone is: 0510-861422. This shop makes all types of clothes and also has all kinds of materials. They also promise quick service.The service is friendly and the tailors make beautiful clothing

In Danang:

Fine Handicrafts & Souvenir Products:

Ha Long Pottery - Central Vietnam Branch:

Add: Plot No.5, the 2nd September street
Tel: (84.511) 611 170

Gia Thinh Hight-Grade Potery:

Add: 315 Hoang Dieu Street
Tel: (84.511) 897 167

Non Nuoc fine handicrafts stone Co., Ltd:

Add: 153 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street

Art Gallery:

Art Gallery:

Add: 176 Tran Phu Street
Tel: (84.511) 897 798

Bach Mai art gallery:

Add: 112 Trung Nu Vuong Street

Ganesa gallery:

Add: 48 Tran Hung Dao Street
Tel: (84.511) 810 289

Clothing:

Phuoc Thinh:

Add: 37 Hung Vuong Street
Tel: (84.511) 812 135

Hanh Silk Shop:

Add: 91 Phan Chau Trinh Street
Tel: (84.511) 824 391

Vietsilk:

Add: 37 Tran Quoc Toan Street
Tel: (84.511) 835 556