๐Ÿ‘— My Hoi An Tailor Experience: Prices and What To Know

A woman fixing the waist of the blog author's dress.

With over 500 tailor shops all within walking distance, Hoi An in Central Vietnam is the tailoring capital of the world and has some of the best tailors. Many of the five million people who visit this ancient town annually leave with custom-made clothes.

When my partner and I visited Hoi An, we got three dresses and a three-piece suit custom-made. We shopped at the highly-rated Tuong Tailor and a smaller, budget tailor shop. This post covers:

  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Hoi An tailor prices
  • ๐Ÿ‘— High-end vs. budget tailor shops
  • ๐Ÿ“ The tailoring process
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Practical tips during the process

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5 Tips for Getting Tailored Clothes in Hoi An

If this is your first time getting clothes tailored in Hoi An, here are five essential tips.

All prices referenced in this post are in US dollars.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 1. You need at least two days to get tailored clothes in Hoi An.

Due to the competitive landscape, tailor shops will do their best to work with your schedule, but two days is the absolute minimum you need to get custom-made clothes in Hoi An. A two-day turnaround is feasible, but it’s tight and forces smaller shops to work overtime.

Giving tailors three or more days is more ethical and gives you better results by allowing them enough time to do more rounds of fittings and adjust your clothes accordingly. See the whole tailoring process below.

๐Ÿ’ญ 2. Before stepping into a tailor shop, have an idea of what you want.

If you don’t know what you want, the tailoring process in Hoi An can be overwhelming. Like other big shops, Tuong Tailor has three floors worth of fabrics and dozens of lookbooks, so it can take hours to look through everything if you don’t have an initial idea.

Before visiting a tailor shop, one of the best things you can do is to have an idea of what you want made:

  • Type of clothing item (e.g., formal dresses, jumpsuits, three-piece suits)
  • Basic design (e.g., halter top, asymmetrical, flare)
  • General color and pattern preference (e.g., dark blue, dots)

It’s helpful to bring one to three visuals to convey what you want. I bookmarked some dresses I saw online to show my tailors.

The blog author looking at a stack of over 100 fabric samples.
Looking through some of the fabric at Tuong Tailor.

๐Ÿ’ฐ 3. Hoi An tailor prices scale with skillsets and customer service.

With over 500 tailor shops clustered primarily around Tran Hung Dao Street, youโ€™ll find various options ranging from budget to high-end.

Most shops can do casual clothes, but youโ€™ll want to reserve formal wear for the higher-end shops.

I got a dress at a smaller shop and two at Tuong Tailor, a bigger and more expensive shop. I compare the two shops below.

โฐ 4. Be flexible with how much time you’ll need for the tailoring process.

The time it takes for each tailor visit varies and depends on how busy the shop is, how many pieces you want, and how much guidance you’ll need.

For example, fitting appointments can be quick or take up to 45 minutes. Fitting depends on how many pieces you need to try on and how many adjustments you want or need, so be flexible when budgeting your time for these visits.

๐Ÿ’ณ 5. Most shops have a 3% credit card fee.

If you’re getting multiple pieces of clothes made or are shopping at a higher-end tailor store, your total cost can easily be over $200, so the 3% credit card fee can add up.

Consider taking out cash to avoid the credit card fee. Shops will accept cash in US dollars or Vietnamese dong.

Most shops will also allow you to pay in full or roughly a 50% deposit during your first visit.

Check out other great things to do in Hoi An.

How Much Do Tailored Clothes Cost in Hoi An?

In Hoi An, you can find tailor shops that charge very different prices โ€“ anywhere from $5 to $300 for a custom-made piece.

If you’re visiting from a more affluent country, you’ll see that tailor shops charge very low to reasonable prices. Prices are almost always guaranteed to be lower than what you can get for the same quality in the United States or other Western countries.

Hundreds of online reviews on Hoi An tailors suggest that you can get a dress or bespoke suit for 10% to 30% of the cost that you would get in the United States.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Average Prices at Hoi An Tailors

Here’s what you can expect to pay at a Hoi An tailor for a custom-made piece:

Clothing PieceBudget Tailors High-End Tailors
Button-down shirt$10 – $30$30 – $50
Short dress$15 – $40$70 – $100
Long dress$20 – $50$90 – $150
Three-piece suit$90 – $150$200 – $400
Hoi An Tailor Price Guide

Below is a more detailed comparison between budget and high-end tailors.

๐Ÿ‘— How Much We Paid for Our Custom Clothes

My partner and I got several custom-made pieces at two Hoi An tailor shops: Tuong Tailor, a highly-rated shop, and a budget shop with no Google reviews.

Below are the clothing pieces we got tailored and how much we paid for each one. The long dress came from the budget shop, and everything else was from Tuong Tailor.

Custom-Made PiecePrice
Short dress #1$80
Short dress #2$90
Long dress$35
Suit jacket and trousers$230
Suit vest$80
Dress shirt$40
Tie #1$10
Tie #2 $10
Hoi An Custom Clothing Items’ Prices

We didnโ€™t negotiate, so these were the initial prices we were quoted and how much we paid. In total, we spent:

What We GotTotal Cost
Women’s dresses (3x)$205
Men’s three-piece suit (1x)$370
Total$575
Hoi An Tailored Clothes’ Total Cost

Vietnam is one of the cheapest countries to visit, so custom clothes easily became one of my biggest expenses. I detail all my expenses in this Vietnam trip cost breakdown.

๐Ÿ’ฐ How Prices Are Determined at Hoi An Tailors

The price of tailored clothes in Hoi An depends on several factors, and you can control several of these things to help decrease or increase your price tag:

Type of Tailor Shop

Most tailor shops in Hoi An are low to medium-budget, while a few, like Tuong Tailor, BeBe Tailor, A Dong Silk, and Yaly Couture, are high-end. Unsurprisingly, the latter are some of the best tailor shops.

You can get an idea of what kind of shop they are by looking at Google and Tripadvisor reviews or just by looking at how big or nice the storefront is in person.

A store front with mannequins dressed in suits and dresses.
The entrance to Yaly Couture.

Complexity and Material Needed

The more complex the clothing design, the more it’ll cost. More material (e.g., double layers instead of one, a long dress instead of a short one) will also lead to higher prices.

For example, a small shop quoted $20 for a short dress and $35 for a long dress. At a bigger shop, a short dress was $80, while the long dress was over $100 for one fabric. A short dress with two different fabrics bumped the cost up to $95.

Fabric Quality

The biggest tailor shops will have hundreds of fabrics, ranging from decent to high quality. The kind of fabric you choose will significantly impact the price.

At Tuong Tailor, a short dress made with the standard fabric started at $70. However, if I wanted to use higher-quality fabrics without changing the dress’s design, the price increased to $100 or $150.

Number of Pieces You Purchase

Many tailor stores in Hoi An will be willing to give you a higher discount the more pieces you purchase from that shop.

You can try negotiating if the Hoi An tailor shop doesn’t proactively offer a discount. Bargaining is expected and part of the norm in Hoi An.

Budget vs. High-End Tailor Shops in Hoi An

Is paying for a high-end tailor shop in Hoi An worth it? The answer to that varies by person.

For some initial guidance, below are some differences I experienced between the budget shop with no Google reviews and Tuong Tailor, the bigger, highly-rated shop.

I am not paid by Tuong Tailor for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own and reflect my personal experience.

๐Ÿ’ฐ The Price Tag

The price tag varies significantly between a budget and a high-end tailor shop. The difference may not be worth it for a casual piece, but it may be worth it for a formal one.

Here are the standard prices I was quoted for the same dress designs:

ShopShort DressLong Dress
Budget$20$35
High-end$80$100
High-end vs. Budget Price for Dresses

๐Ÿง  Skillset and Willingness to Adjust

The budget and high-end tailor shops differed significantly in skillset and the level of guidance they provided.

During my fitting, the budget shop primarily asked me what I wanted to be changed and seemed resistant to some of the changes I wanted, while Tuong Tailor proactively identified adjustments, regardless of the complexity, to get a perfect fit.

The small shop did one fitting, while the big shop did two fittings for each piece in the same span of time, and the latter executed the adjustments much more professionally and with better outcomes.

๐Ÿ‘” Fabric Options

Since the budget shop was much smaller, they had a smaller selection of fabrics. In contrast, Tuong Tailor had three floors worth of fabric, and each floor was bigger than the entirety of the smaller shop.

If you find fabric you like at a small shop, a wider selection may not matter as much. But remember that bigger shops also have a wider range of fabric quality.

๐Ÿšฐ Facilities

The small shop didn’t have a changing facility (e.g., getting fitted meant going to the back room without a door). Tuong Tailor, however, had a separate section with individual changing rooms and giant mirrors.

The facilities don’t necessarily impact the quality of your clothes, but they can change your experience if that’s important to you.

โœ‹๐Ÿป Number of workers

The small shop had one person, while Tuong Tailor had at least ten employees. Although I mainly worked with one person at Tuong Tailor, someone was always available to help me during all visits if my primary contact was busy.

In the small shop, I sometimes had to wait for the one employee to finish taking care of other customers first.

๐Ÿ€ My Overall Take

Given the drastic price differences, is paying for a higher-end tailor shop worth it?

Based on my experience, I recommend getting casual clothes at the smaller, budget shops and formal wear with more complicated designs at the bigger, high-end shops.

Overall, I was happy with my two dresses from Tuong Tailor, and I’ve since worn them for formal events. In comparison, I wasnโ€™t satisfied with the budget shop’s finished product because it wasnโ€™t quite what I asked for and didnโ€™t fit me that well.

Like the bigger shop, the small shop was very professional. Itโ€™s not that I wouldnโ€™t buy from them again; I would just do casual clothes with them next time.

The blog author posing with a longer dress that doesn't match her body type.
The dress from the smaller shop didn’t fit me as well.

The Tailoring Process in Hoi An

All the Hoi An tailor shops typically follow the same process outlined below.

I specifically use my experience with Tuong Tailor in the examples, but the smaller shop followed a similar process with less guidance and one less round of fitting.

Step 1: Research before entering a tailor shop

๐Ÿ’ก What To Expect

Before starting the tailoring process, the general wisdom is to:

  • Have an idea of what you want to be made
  • Do some research on potential tailor shops in advance

You should at least come in with some visuals for inspiration and to help communicate what you want.

๐Ÿ€ My Experience

Design research: I wanted two short dresses for weddings and date nights and had an idea of general designs (i.e., one asymmetrical, one halter top). However, I didnโ€™t have a color or fabric in mind, which made the process take longer.

Tailor shop research: I did light research and saved two tailor shops that seemed well-reviewed on Google (i.e., 4.0+ stars with 100+ reviews). I ended up not using them; I just walked around Hoi Ai and went to stores that caught my eye or seemed to offer what I wanted.

Having an idea of what you want is more important than doing advanced research on tailor shops. Unless you know you want a specific high-end tailor store, walking around Hoi An and looking up reviews on the go is good enough.

A shop with many mannequins wearing suits and dresses at the entrance.
The entrance to Tuong Tailor.

Step 2: Visit a shop and agree on what you want made

๐Ÿ’ก What To Expect

Select a tailor shop and work with them to describe what you want. This step includes selecting a design and then a fabric.

Youโ€™ll also get measured, agree on a price, pay a deposit, and set a time to get fitted, usually sometime the following day.

The first visit to a tailor shop is usually the longest (45 to 60 minutes), depending on how set you are on your design (if youโ€™re unsure about the design and fabric, itโ€™ll take longer to discuss and select one), how complex it is, and how many pieces youโ€™re getting made.

๐Ÿ€ My Experience

Describing the dress style: I showed my tailor two photos and verbally communicated things I wanted different (e.g., no ruffles on the asymmetrical dress, short hem, and no slit on the halter top). She took a photo of my visuals and asked clarifying questions.

If you donโ€™t come in prepared with visuals of what you want, some stores will give you a somewhat limited โ€œlookbookโ€ for inspiration, ask you to point at dresses you like around the shop, or ask you to Google some visuals to show them.

A woman wearing a short flowery dress and a woman wearing a teal halter-top dress.
The reference photos I used for my tailored dresses. (Photo credit: lulus.com.)

Picking a fabric: I got overwhelmed with the choices because I didnโ€™t come in with even a dress color in mind. Tuong Tailor had over three floors worth of fabric. I spent over an hour looking through all the color options and patterns before picking one. Thankfully, the tailor was very patient with me.

A woman holding up a big red piece of fabric against the blog's author body.
Selecting a fabric at Tuong Tailor.

Getting measured: This was straightforward and took about a minute.

A woman taking measurements of another woman's torso length.
Getting measured at Tuong Tailor.

Getting the quote, paying, and agreeing on the next appointment time: The tailor gave me a price, and I agreed without negotiating. I paid half the deposit using a credit card. I confirmed I could return for my first fitting at 1 pm the next day, about 20 hours later.

Step 3: Get fitted and make adjustments

๐Ÿ’ก What To Expect

Your piece will be 80% to 90% done during your first fitting. Youโ€™ll put it on and discuss any desired adjustments with your tailor.

Then, you’ll agree on a time for your next fitting, usually less than 24 hours later.

Getting fitted can take 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of other customers at the shop, the number of adjustments you have to make, and the number of pieces youโ€™re trying on.

๐Ÿ€ My Experience

Getting fitted: After I put on my dress, the tailor proactively identified adjustments that needed to be made and confirmed with me that I agreed with the adjustments. They also asked if I wanted to make other modifications.

Two pro tips I learned while getting fitted:

1. Wear the bra you think you would wear with the dress for the most accurate fit. I didn’t do this, and now my dress is a tad tighter around the bust area with a different bra.

2. Ask for shoulder hanging straps to be included. Mine didn’t come with any, making the dresses harder to hang when I brought them home.

Adjustments: I had three to four adjustments made per dress, and they included:

  • Loosening/tightening the bust area
  • Shortening the hemline
  • Tightening the waist area
  • Making the neck collar skinnier (for the halter top)
A woman fixing the waist of the blog author's dress.
Getting adjustments done at Tuong Tailor.
A couple wearing a tailored red dress and blue suit.
One of the dresses and the suit after one round of fitting and before final adjustments.

Step 4: Do the final fitting and pick up the clothes

๐Ÿ’ก What To Expect

The last step is to get fitted again and make any necessary adjustments. You then pay the full amount and pick up the final product.

๐Ÿ€ My Experience

Getting fitted: This part was the same as step 3 but with smaller adjustments.

Picking up clothes: Once I was satisfied, I paid, and they packaged the clothes in a plastic bag to take home with me.

Most custom-made clothes can be done in about three to four days. If you want a more complicated piece, like a wedding dress, it can take a long time (e.g., over five days).

Two dresses folded and packaged inside clear plastic.
Packaged dresses that easily fit into my carry-on luggage.

Is Getting Tailored Clothes Worth It in Hoi An?

My recommendation is to get a clothing piece designed and tailored specifically for you in Hoi An for any of these reasons:

  • With due diligence, youโ€™ll get a high-quality piece for a very affordable price, especially if you negotiate. Itโ€™s challenging to find the quality-to-price ratio offered by the professional tailors in Hoi An; there’s a reason why it’s known as the tailoring capital of the world.
  • If you get along with your tailor shop, it can be a fun and unique experience. Ensure you feel comfortable working with your tailor, as you will negotiate adjustments with them during fitting. I asked to switch my primary point of contact during my first session and had better chemistry with the second person.
  • Dresses and suits are the most valuable things to get tailored, but even if you donโ€™t generally need nicer clothes, getting more casual clothes that require a better fit can be worth it (e.g., jumpsuits, rompers, a matching couple outfit).

Last thing to note: If you have no space to carry your clothes back, some shops will offer to ship your clothes. This option is likely worth considering if youโ€™re getting multiple nicer pieces.

When Should You Not Get Tailored Clothes in Hoi An?

If you donโ€™t have at least two days in Hoi An, consider skipping the tailoring process.

Due to high competition, many tailor shops will work odd hours to meet customersโ€™ schedule demands. Requiring a shop, especially a small one, to turn your clothes around in less than two days can be unethical, and you risk getting a worse result.

Hoi An is also known as the food capital of Vietnam. In addition to getting clothes tailored, you can take a highly-rated cooking classย or go on aย five-star food tour.

Two people holding a bag with packaged clothes inside.
Picking up our tailored suits and dresses.

Check out other great things to do in Hoi An.

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11 Comments

  1. Debbi

    Great info. I also recommend taking a favourite top/dress/shirt or whatever, and they can copy it exactly. And I also bring my own fabrics from my country when I travel abroad to get tailoring done as it saves a lot of time especially if youโ€™re getting something copied.

    1. Lukiih

      Great additional tips. Thanks, Debbi.

  2. Anne

    Do they all speak Snglish? We will be there only for the day on a cruise line. Can they finish or speed up the process? Would you trust them without a second fitting? And to mail them to us in the US?

    1. Lukiih

      Hi Anne,

      1) The tailors mostly cater to tourists, so most of them know enough English to communicate. The more high-end the tailor shop, the more English-proficient they tend to be.
      2) No, one day is not sufficient for getting custom clothes in Hoi An. I mention the reasons in my post (it’s not good for you or for the tailors.)
      3) I thought my second fitting was very important for adjustments.
      4) Yes, many of them provide shipping for an extra fee.

  3. Anita

    Thank you for your reply and the information. I will look for this shop when i go to Hoi-an next April. How long did it take them to make your dresses. I only will have 3 days in Hoi-an.

    1. Lukiih

      You should give them 3 days to make your dresses. That will give them the chance to do at least 1-2 rounds of fitting, so visit them on your first day. Enjoy your trip in April!

  4. Anita

    Hi! l enjoy your informative post and i really love the floral halter top dress you had tailor-made shown in the picture. Just wondering if that fabric is from the Tuong shop you were at. How much was this dress u had made. It’s beautiful.

    1. Lukiih

      Hi Anita, thanks and glad you like the dress! I just wore it recently to a wedding. Yes, the fabric was from Tuong Tailor and it cost $80 without negotiating.

  5. Melissa

    You were very thorough writing the article about getting custom-made clothes in Hoi An. You write well and that made the reading more enjoyable. Thank you.

    1. Lukiih

      Hi Melissa, thanks for the compliment. Hope you found the Hoi An guide useful!

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