Located at the coast and adjacent to the East Sea, Nha Trang is known as a pure green gem. The relatively mild savanna tropical climate and rivers and streams system are convenient for catching and forming trading activities resulting in unique markets with colors of the beautiful coastal city. Fresh seafood, bustling atmosphere and friendly people, enough to touch any traveler.
I - Dam Market - the biggest market in Nha Trang
Named "Dam Market" because previously the land to build the market was a lagoon (non-flowing water ecosystem, in Vietnamese it is called Dam) about 7ha, connecting to the Nha Trang river estuary. By 1908, due to increased shopping demand, the market was renovated and built into a large market like today, with a different name from Cho Cua (only at estuary).
Nha Trang Dam Market (Source: Medium)
Location: Van Thanh, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 5:00 - 18:30
Dam market is located 2km from the center of Nha Trang city, so it is very convenient by many means of transportation such as by walking, car, motorbike, bus, grab ... Motorbike should be used to actively travel and easily park. In addition, walking is also an option for someone who wants to see the panoramic view of the market because visitors cannot ignore the beauty of the Dam market over time.
1 - Dam Market’s architecture
The architecture of the lotus flower – the national flower of Vietnam is surrounded by a system of market branches, the residential quarter is built in the shape of an arc and the people selling goods under this building. The area of both ground floor and second floor is 5270 m2 wide with capacity of more than 3000 people, the back area of the market has been re-built, but Dam market still retains its ancient classic.
If you are preparing to have a flight from Hanoi to Nha Trang, enjoy the view looking down from above, in the heart of the coastal city, there is a blooming lotus - that is Dam market.
2 - Activities to explore Dam market in Nha Trang
The peak time of this market is from 10am to 4pm. Dam market is divided into three main areas serving the convenience for tourists to visit and go shopping, including:
- The left area with the nature of Nha Trang, specializes in selling a variety of fresh seafood: shrimp, crab, crab, squid, rays ... to dried foods: dried squid, dried shrimp processed in a unique way. Please ask the seller to pack the foam boxes (prices from 15,000 - 50,000 VND ~ 0.65 - 2.16 USD) carefully if you buy something.
- The right area specializes in selling all kinds of specialties of the city such as rice paper, green chilli salt, fish cake, fish sauce ... as a tourist gift. In addition, this area also sells food so that visitors can feel the unique and bold taste of the countryside market.
- The central area is the place to sell essential items mainly for local people. However, in this area, you can still find fine arts gifts that bring the beauty of Nha Trang's image, you should buy them to combine into a convenient accessory during your visit to other locations.
Shopping activities at Dam market (Source: Dianajosey)
The area behind the market will focus on breakfast and coffee. There are a lot of seafood noodle cafés such as Banh Canh, beef noodle soup, seafood noodle cafés...In the afternoon, the streets leading to the market will sell mackerel cake, crab ...
Some suggestions for famous cafés in the Dam market and around:
Jellyfish noodle: Quan Nam Beo - Lot B2, Cho Dam Apartment, Phan Boi Chau, Xuong Huan (near Dam Market).
Banh can (a southern specialty consisting of small pancakes made with quail eggs, cooked in small clay pans): Co Nho, behind Dam market
Pot simmered Squid: 09 Apartment B, Dam market
If Dam Market is a unique feature of Nha Trang, tourists find a dining paradise like Khao San - Thailand or a bustling, crowded atmosphere like Taipei - Taiwan at the night markets in Nha Trang. After walking at the beaches, listening to the soft waves, you can visit the two busiest night markets in the city: Tran Phu and Tue Tinh.
II - Night Markets in Nha Trang
1 - Tran Phu Night Market
Location: Hung Vuong – 46 Tran Phu – Nha Trang City
Operation hours: 14:00 – 23:30
Experience foods at Tran Phu night market from traditional dishes to Chinese and Korean style food, but do not forget seafood dishes. Visitors can enjoy a variety of dishes such as grilled lobster, fish balls, fried squid, shrimp, types of snails, Banh Can, ... Nha Trang people are homely but wholeheartedly so visitors will be served thoughtfully. After that, dessert with ice cream, soft drinks or traditional sweet tea: pomelo tea, lotus tea, pomegranate dew ... with cool taste, satisfying visitors when coming to Tran Phu night market.
Tran Phu Nha Trang Night Market (Source: Vietnam Guide)
Recommended famous sweet tea cafes: Ba Chang is located at the end of the market
The outstanding recreational activity in the night market street is portrayed. Artisans will keep the most complete emotions and charisma to be a souvenir in Nha Trang. There are also other options such as writing calligraphy, paint engraving. In the market, there are a lot of souvenirs: handicraft bags, clothes ... easy to buy.
What Tran Phu night market gives visitors is not only comfortable dining and shopping, but also an experience with many senses to have a fun and memorable experience.
2 - Tue Tinh Night Market
Location: 78 Tue Tinh Street, Loc Tho Ward, City. Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Operation hours: 17:00 - 22:30
You can find delicious dishes with bold flavors of the sea and various entertainment activities, with a lot of souvenirs in this Nha Trang night market.
Tue Tinh night market Nha Trang (Source: Internet)
A common trait of Asian markets, there is a conversation between the seller and the buyer to get the price that suits you. Don't worry about the language barrier because the stall owners are quite fluent in English, Chinese, Russian and Korean. Sometimes, after closing the bargain, you can learn more about the local culture of the people here and have more knowledge about Nha Trang.
In a city near the sea and many rivers and streams, food in Nha Trang is known for its freshness. Each seafood trading market has different colors, such as Xom Moi market, Vinh Luong port market, Binh Tan market, Hon Ro market.
III - Seafood Markets in Nha Trang
1 - Xom Moi Market
The market is located in the city center, so it is easy to come to the market, visitors should use a motorbike to avoid traffic congestion.
Location: 49 Ngo Gia Tu, Tan Lap, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
Operation hours: 6h - 17h
Nha Trang Xom Moi Market (Source: Markus Winkler)
Although not as modern as the commercial center of Dam market, Xom Moi market is a familiar place that local people prioritize shopping. Since the 60s of the last century, the market has an old retro beauty. There are up to 1200 booths, including 16 different categories. It provides typical fresh products: fish, shrimp, squid, snails, oysters ... and dried seafood, the market has more diversified products to meet the needs of tourists and local residents. Tourists often come here to visit in the morning, enjoy specialties of the sea, the highlight is the snacks at affordable prices.
Tips for shopping
You should buy seafood in the morning because new products have been transported to the market, so it's extremely fresh. Suggested address: Hung Binh seafood stall at the beginning of the market (No. 92 Vo Tru), with fixed price.
Buy local fruits and vegetables, so go along Tran Nguyen Han and Huynh Thuc Khang streets.
2 - Vinh Luong Port Market
About 15km north of Nha Trang city, Vinh Luong is a large fishing port supplying a large amount of seafood to Khanh Hoa and neighboring provinces.
Location: National Road 1A, Vinh Luong, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa
Operation office: 5h30 - 19:00
The salty taste of the sea has always been the hallmark of this market. Visitors will be able to see shrimp, sea tiger shrimp, squid, fish, and crab. Enjoying seafood from the port market will bring a very different feeling and the natural sweetness of the dish at affordable prices. Vinh Luong market will make visitors excited about going there for food and extremely hospitable people.
3 - Binh Tan Market Nha Trang
Location: located on Phuoc Trung Street, Phuoc Dong Ward, Nha Trang City
Operation office: 04:30 – 19:00
Binh Tan Market Nha Trang is a market far from the city center to the South, in a large area, visitors can buy seafood on the street. Like Vinh Luong port market, Binh Tan market specializes in providing all kinds of fresh and cheap seafood. The fishermen sell crabs, fish, squid ... with fresh and delicious quality. There are also candy and cakes such as mango rice paper to serve tourists.
4 - Hon Ro Market
Location: Hon Ro, Nha Trang City
Operation office: There is no fixed time frame, the market opens from morning to night, around 2 am
Hon Ro Market (Source: Duangphorn Wiriya)
Hon Ro Market is the largest seafood market on the South Central Coast, and bustling and active when the city falls asleep. There is no doubt about the quality of seafood that the fishing ports in Nha Trang bring. Just seeing the beautiful sunrise, Hon Ro gives visitors a clearer picture of the life of fishermen working around the sea all year round, it may be a sad picture, but it is also a memorable experience during your trip.
The market in Nha Trang is an indispensable cultural feature when visiting this city. Each market will bring a beautiful scenery and culinary discovery experience, as well as listening to the stories of local people that will make visitors have an interesting trip.