Khiri Travel Insider Tip — Finding That Special Travel Souvenir
Give your clients insider information so that they can avoid the crowds, make discoveries and have a rewarding travel experience. Hugues Springer, Business Manager Khiri Travel Vietnam shows a different light on souvenir shopping. Here’s some information about how to avoid tourist traps of cheap and unauthentic souvenirs in favor of supporting local craftspeople.
While traveling to a faraway place with a dramatically different culture than one’s own, your clients often want to complement their photo albums and travel journals of the experience with the purchase of a special souvenir to take home. This item may be an artistic creation, colorful textiles, a piece of jewelry or something unique to the culture and traditions of the place visited.
At Khiri Travel Vietnam we always want to find unique experiences for guests such as a local homestay with a Vietnamese family or arrange a tour of remote villages where travelers can interact with locals. Khiri guides can also provide helpful advice on how and where to purchase that genuine travel keepsake. They want to help your travelers avoid shopping in certain tourist areas where local vendors take advantage of uninformed or impulsive souvenir shoppers with large volumes of cheap and unauthentic items that most likely are imported from other countries or are mass-produced in large factories.
There are plenty of special people who make their living selling valuable handicrafts that tell a story. For example, Khiri Travel Vietnam recently found one of the last milliners who create hats exactly the same as those made during the time of the last emperor in Hue. This hat maker is recognized by famous museums around the world as a specialist on Vietnam’s imperial hats. We can also arrange a visit to a local copper smelter who produces high quality pots and bowls used to make offerings at the ancestor altar in locals’ homes. We want to take your visitors to souvenir product sources and make sure they can see something that is true to Vietnam.
Business Manager, Khiri Travel Vietnam