Souvenir Savvy

Traveling in Asia? Here’s a list of unique souvenirs your friends and family will love!


1. Myanmar Paper Parasols

Pretty paper parasols are favorite souvenir items to take home from Myanmar. These parasols are usually made by hand and feature beautiful, intricate patterns that are painstakingly painted on.

The umbrellas are also light and won’t add much weight to your luggage, which is always a big plus for a traveler!


2. Thai Silk

Often believed to be the best in the world, this is practically a must-buy if you happen to be visiting the Land of a Thousand Smiles, Thailand.

Thai silk can be purchased as a bolt of fabric or a silk shirt, silk purse or other paraphernalia. Silk scarves are highly popular. Prices vary greatly, depending on whether you make your purchase at a high-end boutique or a street market.

Thai Silk


3. Vietnamese Straw Hats

The non la or ‘leaf hat’ is ubiquitous with beautiful Vietnam and often considered to be a cultural symbol.

This simple wide-brimmed hat has been protecting locals during tropical storms and from the heat of the sun for thousands of years. The hat, which is usually made of bamboo, can be found in Vietnamese markets and souvenir stores.

Straw Hats


4. Filipino Banig Mats

Made from pandanus and various other leaves that have been cut, stripped and dyed in vibrant colors, banig mats are available in a vast range of designs.

The mats are perfect for a day at the beach or as a decorative item at home. Banig mats are commonly used as sleeping mats by the people of the Philippines.


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