When you travel to Vietnam, you not only expect to witness the beautiful landscapes in the tourist destinations but also desire to explore Vietnam culture and Vietnamese daily life. And the market is the best place to make your wish come true. Here are the best Vietnam markets you should note in your Vietnam trip schedule to discover in Vietnam.
Ben Thanh market
Address: Le Loi street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
Opening hours: 6:00 am-24:00 pm
Ben Thanh market is one of the tourism symbols of Ho Chi Minh city although not fewer tourists got cheat when buying items in this market. Ignoring its bad reputation, it’s still regarded as one of the must-see places in Ho Chi Minh city. Ben Thanh market is located in the central district of Ho Chi Minh city, District 1, this is the concentration of numerous stalls selling apparels, textiles, luggage, watches, handicrafts, and electronic goods and especially coffee. If you go to this market in the morning, you will see the lively views of the locals packing the goods and displaying the fresh fruits, spices, nuts, seafood, and household supplies, etc. Like the other markets in Vietnam, Ben Thanh market is where you can go to enjoy the local dishes and snacks such as pho, sweet soups, spring rolls, and crispy pancake, etc with a reasonable price.
Ben Thanh market (via wikipedia.org)
Dong Xuan market
Address: Dong Xuan street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:00 am-19:00 pm
Dong Xuan market is the largest and most famous indoor market in Hanoi as well as the best Vietnam market, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century under the French colony era with four floors. Each floor is to set up to display the other goods. When you go to the ground level, you can see locals haggling for fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. The upper levels are the stalls selling printed tees, fabrics, school uniforms, luggage, etc. Dong Xuan market becomes an attractive destination for tourists when coming to Hanoi as well as Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh city. This is where you can experience the local lifestyle or purchase the ubiquitous Vietnamese specialties.
Dong Xuan market
Nha Trang market
Address: Ben Cho, Van Thanh, Nha Trang
Opening hours: 4:00 am-18:00 pm
Nha Trang market is also known as Dam market, located in the center of Nha Trang city. The market opens at 4:00 am and closes at 18:00 pm every day. It is the most famous shopping center in Nha Trang, where you can go to see the variety of the handmade clothes, trinkets, and local special products, as well as one of the rare markets in Vietnam well-organized with souvenir shops in the front and middle sections and the back section, is where the traders sell meat, fish and fishy products such as shrimp, seaweed, and cuttlefish.
Phan Thiet central market
Address: The intersection between Ly Thuong Kiet and Nguyen Hue street. Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
Opening hours: 5:00 am-18:00 pm
Phan Thiet Central market is located in the center of Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province. This is the biggest market of this central coastal province with hundreds of stalls selling household items, fresh produce, and local delicacies. It opens at 5:00 am every day. When coming to this market, you’ll find out many kinds of fresh and cheap seafood here such as shrimps, squids, sea fish, snails, clams, and crabs. The best time to visit this market is in the early morning, it is time the local people congregate to haggle for the freshest products at a very low price.
Phan Thiet Central market
Binh Tay market (Cholon market)
Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh city
Opening hours: 7:00 am-18:00 pm
Binh Tay Market is also called as Cholon, located in Saigon’s Chinatown, where the Chinese people settle in for generations. The market was designed in the mixture of the traditional Chinese architecture and modern architecture. This is where the local people sell a wide range of handicrafts, lacquerware, textiles, and fresh produce. Coming to Binh Tay market, you will have a chance to see the unique mixture of Vietnamese culture and Chinese culture as well as have the wonderful moments to experience the authentic Vietnamese noodles, banh bao (steamed bun with pork filling), and Chinese sausages
Quang Ba Flower market
Address: Au Co street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Opening hours: 2:00 am-12:00 am
Quang Ba Flower market is located in Tay Ho district, Hanoi. It normally opens at 2:00 am. When you come to this market, you will see the various types of colorful flowers, most of them are from local flower villages in the suburb of Hanoi such as Dong Anh, Soc Son, Me Linh, and Nhat Tan. If you come to this market on the special events such as Tet Festival, there are tons of flowers displayed in the market with well-dressed locals crowding through the narrow aisles. Let's be a morning bird to go to Quang Ba market in the early morning to choose for yourself a favorite flower such as daisies, cherry blossoms, roses, orchids, and sunflowers, it is great to start a new beautiful day of yours.
Dong Ba market
Address: Tran Hung Dao street, Hue
Opening hours: 3:00 am-20:00 pm
Dong Ba Market is the oldest market in Hue city, where the local people frequently go shopping for the household items, clothing, and fresh produce at the reasonable prices. Dong Ba market is a large building that you can see when standing in the bank of Huong river, it is a great place for you to enjoy the breakfast because there are a lot of the authentic Vietnamese dishes such as pho, Hue traditional cakes, and spring rolls sold here.
Hanoi Weekend Night market
Address: Hang Dao street-Hoan Kiem-Hanoi
Opening hours: Friday-Sunday 20:00 pm-23:00 pm
Hanoi Weekend Night market is located in the north of the Hanoi Old Quarter from Hang Dao street to the edge of Dong Xuan market. The most appealing point of this market is the numerous types of exotic Vietnamese street food. Especially if you come to the market on special occasions, you will have the chances to see the traditional Vietnamese music performances such as ca tru, xam, and quan ho. It is also the best Vietnam night market for you to purchase souvenirs, but you remember to bargain hard before buying an item.
Address: 119 Tran Phu street, Hai Chau, Danang
Opening hours: 5:00 am-19: 00 pm
Han market is a tourist attraction in Danang. This is the oldest market in the area with the age of over 100 years dating back to the French occupation in the early 20th century. It is located in the intersection of Tran Phu, Hung Vuong, Tran Hung Dao and Bach Dang streets in the center of Danang city, it is considered the last place in your Danang trip where you can go to buy the Danang specialties before leaving this coastal city.
Hoi An Central market
Address: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu street
Opening hours: 7:00 am-20:00 pm
Hoi An Central market is located along the Thu Bon riverbank in Hoi An old town. The best time to visit this market is in the early morning because it is when local fishermen bring their catch-offs to the market.
These are the best markets in Vietnam we have recommended to you when you travel to Vietnam. If you have any questions, let’s contact us. Thank you!