To Vietnamese people's conception & culture, the market is not only a place of trade, exchange goods or to satisfy shopping needs, it is also a place to meet, exchange and connect the community. To international travelers, local markets are the best places for Vietnamese cuisine and cultural experience.
I - A look at to markets in Vietnam
Visiting Vietnamese local markets is an amazing experience for you to try local foods and specialties, buy local handicraft products and many little gifts. The most interesting thing when visiting those markets is having a chance to understand deeper about the local lifestyle and culture. Here are few reasons why should have a trip to “dip into” local market in Vietnam:
Firstly, many items: small shops selling diverse items from food to clothing, footwear...
Secondly, many delicious foods: diverse food shops serve tons of specialty dishes of the region that are extremely attractive.
Third, reasonable price: not only a lot of goods and delicious food, the price of products is also very cheap. If you know how to bargain, the price is better.
Fourth, feel the life of the Vietnamese people: come here you will be immersed in the busy trading atmosphere of the people. You'll see how they sell, how to pay off... Extremely interesting and distinct.
Types of markets in Vietnam:
- Daily market: this is also called a wet market or food market - an extremely popular & oldest market model in Vietnam. It is established to supply all goods and products to the needs of the people such as food, meat & vegetable, clothing and daily necessities.
- Fair market: those markets are only meeting on certain days of the month or even a day of the year. Some well-known markets such as Sapa market, Bac Ha session market in Sapa, Khau Vai Love market in Ha Giang, Vieng Market (Nam Dinh)...
- Specialized markets: seafood and fish market located along the coastline and islands, love markets in mountainous villages or flower markets in Tet holidays and fruit markets in Mekong river delta.
- Night market in Vietnam: As the name suggests, this type of market takes place in exchange for night trading activities. Some famous night markets that should be visited including Sapa Night market, Hanoi Night market, Hoi An Night market, Dalat night market, Saigon night market…
- Floating market: This is a popular type of market in the rivers of Vietnam such as Cai Rang floating market (Can Tho), Long Xuyen Floating Market (An Giang).... With the floating markets, the seller as well as the buyer must use the boat to move and transport the goods. Often the market is loacted at the intersection of the canals, the rivers.
In addition, there are several other types of market such as street market, food market, fruit market. fish and seafood market, etc. that you can easily see in the big or tourism city along Vietnam from North to South.
II - Best Vietnamese markets to visit
1 - In Sapa
Local Market: The Sapa's markets are not only the places for ethnic minority people to exchange goods, but also are the hubs of cultural exchange where young men and women come, meet and have a date.
Address: Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai
Operating Hours: every Sunday
Love Market: Love Market is a cultural feature of Sapa. Every Saturday evening, young male and females will be together and immerse in melodies of flute and trumpet, dance and chat creating a bustling place to attract tourists.
Address: Sapa Stone Church Square, Sapa Town, Sapa District, Lao Cai
Operating Hours: every Saturday, from 9:30 pm. to late night
2 - In Hanoi
Dong Xuan market: Located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, the east is the alley of Dong Xuan market, the south is Cau Dong Street and the north is Hang Khoai Street. This is the example of the Vietnam wholesale market in Hanoi with a variety of items such as fabrics, clothes, shoes and foods... You can find anything here.
6am - 6pm everyday for day market activities
6pm -10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening for night market activities
Quang Ba flower market: As the most famous flower wholesale market in Hanoi, here you will be overwhelmed by the hundred types of flowers.
Address: 236 - 238 Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Operating Hours: 2am - 5am
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market: Coming to the night market of Hanoi Old Quarter, you can not only shop and visit the scenery of Hanoi at night, but also enjoy many famous delicious dishes such as sweet soups, cakes, noodles, grilled dishes,...
Address: Stretching from Hang Dao street to the gate of Dong Xuan market.
Operating Hours: 6pm - 11pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday
3 - In Hue
Dong Ba market: Visiting Dong Ba - a typical local market in Vietnam, you can see a lot of things from fabrics to foods and enjoy famous Hue cuisine.
Address: 13 Tran Hung Dao, Hue City
Operating Hours: 4am - 8:30pm
Nguyen Dinh Chieu night market is a dynamic, colorful and vibrant night place where you should come for delicious local foods, handicraft souvenirs and gifts.
Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, Hue city
Operating time: 4pm - 10pm
4 - In Hoi An
Hoi An Market: Coming to Hoi An market, you feel lost in the culinary paradise with extremely famous dishes such as Hoi An bread, Cao Lau, Quang noodles.
Address: Tran Quy Cap Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An
Operating Hours: 6am - 6pm
Nguyen Hoang night market: Coming to Hoi An without going to the night market is a big mistake. You will be immersed in the vibrant lantern colors, delighting in shopping for local souvenirs or enjoying delicious dishes in Hoi An food.
Address: Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An
Operating Hours: 5pm - 11pm
5 - Vietnamese market in Nha Trang
Dam Market: This is one of the most attractive Nha Trang markets where is not only diverse in goods for trading, but also is a food paradise with a hundred of delicious dishes such as snails, gruels, noodles and seafood.
Address: Van Thach, Nha Trang City
Operating Hours: 5:30am - 6:30pm
Nha Trang night market: Here is a culinary hub at which you can try many foods from traditional dishes such as banh can, kinds of vermicelli .. to seafood dishes such as fried shrimp, fried squid, snacks and desserts. In addition, there are also many beautiful souvenirs for you to buy as gifts.
Address: Hung Vuong - Tran Phu, Loc Tho, Nha Trang City
Operating Hours: 2pm - 11:30pm
6 - In Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh market: Ben Thanh market is another symbol of the Vietnam wholesale market that annually welcomes millions of domestic and foreign tourists to visit and shop. Entering here, you will not want to leave because of the delicious regional specialties.
Address: Le Loi, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Operating Hours: 6am - 5pm
Ho Thi Ky flower market: Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market is a beautiful place that sells the hundreds of popular and rare flowers from all over the region.
Address: Alley 52, Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Operating Hours: 5am - 11pm
Ky Hoa night market: With 250 stalls selling all kinds of goods, Ky Hoa night market has attracted a lot of tourists because of the "affordable" price but many diverse items and good dishes are very suitable to roam at night.
Address: Extended Cao Thang street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Operating Hours: 5pm - 2am
7 - Floating market in Vietnam
Cai Rang floating market: Cai Rang floating market is considered as the symbol of Can Tho. Famous for fruit trading in the Southern region, going here you will see boats filled with fresh and delicious fruits such as pomelo, durian, watermelon,..
Address: On Can Tho river, near Cai Rang bridge
Operating Hours: 4am - 9am
Cai Be Floating Market: This place is just one of the most fantastic sites to visit in Tien Giang. This place operates all day from dawn to late evening. Here they sell a lot of fresh fruit and local foods.
Address: Along Tan Phong islet on Tien Giang river
Operating Hours: 3am - 8pm
Nga Nam floating market: People here sell most of the region's agricultural and aquatic products, from rice to vegetables to fruits, vegetables, crabs, fish... extremely rich. If you want to visit this place, you need to go early because 8am is closing time.
Address: Located at the intersection of five rivers Ca Mau, Vinh Quoi, Long My, Thanh Tri and Phung Hiep
Operating Hours: 3am - 8am
8 - Vietnamese market in Phu Quoc Island
Duong Dong market: For those who are passionate about seafood, Duong Dong is the place that you must go. Because this is the largest seafood market in Phu Quoc, it not only sells fresh or dried seafood but also dishes made from seafood that are very attractive such as eggs of horseshoe crab, salted and chili snails, seafood vermicelli...
Address: 21 Tran Phu Street, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc
Operating Hours: 5am - 7pm
Phu Quoc night market: Including 2 areas: a souvenir shop and a food court. After visiting the market and buying your favorite item, stop by a few food stalls, enjoy fresh seafood from Phu Quoc, there is nothing more wonderful.
Address: The intersection of Bach Dang Street and 30/4 Street, Quarter 1, Phu Quoc
Operating Hours: 4pm - 11pm
III - When visit market in Vietnam
For best experiences, you should be aware of the following points:
- Firstly, price bargaining skills: price negotiating is a pretty special purchase form in Vietnam. You can bargain product prices to get better prices.
- Secondly, if you are the first purchaser of the day, especially on the 1st lunar calendar, you are recommended to buy something to bring luck and wealth to the sellers. Vietnamese especially the merchants, take it seriously on the 1st of every lunar month because the norm of the beginning of the month is smooth, the whole month will be lucky.
- Thirdly, be careful with private property: In some markets, security is not so good.To ensure safety, please keep your wallet and phone carefully.
As can be seen, the culture of the Vietnamese market is very unique where you can learn about the cultural life of the people of that region.