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All along Le Loi Street, you'll find souvenir stalls that vary from the cute to the kitschy. You can find good deals on commemorative spoons and velvet Ho Chi Minhs here, but nothing too traditional or authentic. There are, however, a few good silversmiths and some little gems on sale in the glass cases of even the most kitschy tourist boutique.

A few tailors are in and among the souvenir shops. You might stop by Seductive (40 Le Loi St.; tel. 054/382-9794), a small ready-to-wear-silk boutique. Riverside Le Loi, just across from the town's best hotels (Huong Giang and Century Riverside), is also a good place for affordable silk tailors. Try Viet Silk at 68 Le Loi (tel. 054/382-5219), or just around the corner at 8 Pham Ngu Lao St. (tel. 054/384-6090). Both stores are open daily from 7am to 10:30pm.

Bambou Company (21 Pham Ngu Lao St., next to La Carambole) produces unique T-shirts of local theme and design, all Western size.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.