‘If you want to get to know a specific area in one country, head straight to its local market,’ my friend told me that. This is what he does every time he travels to any place as well.
He was right. I spent my last summer in Vietnam – a small country in Southeast Asia, and had some amazing experiences there.
The people, in general, were friendly, the hotel I stayed in was also nice. It was a memorable trip, and I would definitely go back there when I have the chance to.
Asides from the landscapes and food, which made my Vietnam trip so special were the local markets. Yes, you heard correctly, markets.
Let’s all try to look at Vietnam from a whole different perspective: local markets. If it’s just about luxurious hotels or fine dining restaurants, then you will see that Vietnam is not much different than other countries you’ve visited.
A market is the heart of the community. Here in Vietnam, people tend to go to markets more than supermarkets, especially in the countryside.
You can expect to find basically everything at the market, ranging from food like fresh vegetables, meat, fish to clothes, trinket, or whatever you can think of; you name it.
At almost every famous destination in Vietnam, there is at least one or maybe a few markets that are excellent and full of surprises waiting to be discovered by you.
In this article, I’m going to introduce you 5 of the most well-known local markets in Vietnam you should pay a visit when you have the chance to.
5 Must-visit Markets In Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market (Ho Chi Minh City)
Located in District 1 – the center of many nightlife locations in Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City), Ben Thanh Market is a bustling trading area during the day and a fun gathering place at night.
The goods here can be a bit pricey, though, comparing to other markets. Locals don’t usually go shopping here due to the price. However, Ben Thanh Market is known as one of the oldest landmarks in Sai Gon, so it would be worth it just to stop by and have a taste of a Vietnamese market atmosphere.
Dong Xuan Market (Ha Noi)
Founded in 1889, Dong Xuan Market is the biggest wholesale market in Ha Noi, attracting a great number of tourists every year. It is housed within a four-floor building constructed in a Soviet style right on Dong Xuan Street.
Dong Xuan Market is known for its wide array of quality goods, ranging from food, souvenirs, clothing to furniture or household equipment.
Unlike other well-known markets in Vietnam, the price at Dong Xuan market is rather reasonable. That’s why you can see lots of locals here during the day and at night as well.
The best time to go to see Dong Xuan Market would probably around 6 p.m because after that it will get very crowded and you may find it hard to look for what you really want.
Hoi An Central Market (Hoi An)
Don’t forget to put Hoi An Central Market in your must-visit location list during your time in Hoi An ancient town – recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
You can expect to buy the freshest fish since its location near Thu Bon river. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also on display, as well as spices like cinnamon or chili powder.
One special thing about Hoi An Central Market is that it has the best tailors in town. There is even a whole section where you can find lots of tailors’ shops. Don’t hesitate to get a dress or ao dai made, because here they offer the best price you can get in town.
Don’t forget, if you don’t bargain, you will likely be ripped off at the market, one way or another. So, work on your bargaining skill, and don’t hesitate to offer half the price they give you.
At markets, when giving the first price of something, you are very much likely to be offered an over inflated price. Don’t hesitate to walk away, and you’ll be surprised at the price you then be offered.
Cai Rang Floating Market (Can Tho)
‘Floating market’ may seem like a new concept to you, but in the Western part of Vietnam, it comes at nothing strange because rivers here are so dense.
Cai Rang Floating Market is a top tourist attraction in Can Tho city, West of Vietnam. This market is where both locals and foreigners head buy food and learn more about the life of people who live right on the floating houses Hau river.
It is said that Cai Rang Floating Market has been there for more than 100 years! The primary goods you can find in this market are fresh fruits and a lot of fresh fruits. Some boats even have dishes like hu tieu or bun bo, always being there to serve you.
There are more than 20 boats a day displaying goods right on the river every day. Fantastic isn’t it?! If you are currently in the West of Vietnam, you must pay a visit to this astonishing market.
Dam Market (Nha Trang)
Last but not least in my list, it’s Dam Market. As someone who was born and raised in Nha Trang, let me tell you this: Dam Market is an absolute must when in Nha Trang.
Taking place in a three-floor building in the center of Nha Trang, Dam Market offers numerous kinds of goods. Farmers and fishers come here every early every morning to sell the freshest produce like vegetables, seafood, or fruits… to both locals and tourists.
You can also find trinkets, souvenirs, or handmade clothes with all kinds of prices. If you go a little bit further inside Dam Market, you will be overwhelmed by the food area it has.
There are lots of traditional Vietnamese dishes you should try in the food area of Dam Market, such as banh cuon, pho, bun cha sua or banh xeo. Also, bun cha sua is a must eat when you’re in Nha Trang, I’m telling you.
Have you made up your mind about where to stay on your next trip to Vietnam yet? If you plan to visit one of the locations above, don’t forget to go check out the markets that I suggested.
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The markets in the list that I mentioned above were all carefully selected, based on my own experience with them, and I’m sharing this with you, so if Vietnam is your next location, you know what places to visit.
Tell me about your experience with these markets if you have been to one or more in the comment section. I’d love to read them all, both bad and good.
Thank you for reading!