Vietnamese traditional markets are goods exchanging centers and have long-standing origins. To travel to buy and sell easily, the traditional markets in Vietnam are usually set up beside river junctions or crossroads. A market clearly shows the economic and cultural life of a locality. Traveling to Vietnam, you cannot help exploring the markets. There are many markets in Vietnam now, every commune, every district, every province, and every city has a market. Following are some of the markets that are thought to be the most famous in the country. Scooter Saigon Tour introduces to you for a preliminary understanding of these markets. Hopefully, the blog Top 10 Markets in Vietnam will be a piece of necessary luggage for you to have a really interesting Vietnam visit.
1. Dong Xuan Market, Ha Noi
Dong Xuan Market is the largest market in Hanoi. The market is built according to Soviet-style with 4 levels along Dong Xuan Street. A bustling wet market section is set within the ground level, where you can see locals haggling for fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. The upper levels houses stalls selling printed tees, fabrics, school uniforms, luggage stalls at wholesale prices. Dong Xuan Market can get touristy during peak seasons. This is a place worth visiting when you travel to Hanoi. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
2. Quang Ba Flower Market, Ha Noi
Quang Ba Flower Market is located in Tay Ho District, Hanoi. It opens very early, at 2h a.m, is where you can find rows of colorful flowers sourced from local villages Dong Anh, Soc Son, Me Linh, Dalat, and Nhat Tan. The market is the busiest during the annual Tet Holiday, with well-dressed locals in mopeds passing through the narrow aisles. Cherry blossoms, Daisies, roses, orchids, and sunflowers are sold at reasonable prices, all of which can be bought separately or arranged in bouquets. If you are a flower enthusiast or an extremely early morning riser, Quang Ba Flower Market is a must-visit during you are staying in Hanoi. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 2:00 AM – 12:00 AM (on the next day).
Location: Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi.
3. Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Hanoi Weekend Night Market is located on the northern edge of the Old Quarter and spreads from Hang Dao Street towards the edge of Dong Xuan Market. The main attraction of this lively market is the numerous rows of food vendors offering strange Vietnamese street food. On special chances, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can catch traditional Vietnamese music performances such as ca tru, xam, and quan ho. Bargaining is the thing that needs doing before you make a decision to buy an item in most of the traditional markets in Vietnam. In Hanoi Weekend Night Market is possible to get around 75% off the first price offered.
Opening Hours: from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
4. Dong Ba Market, Hue
Dong Ba Market is the biggest trading center of Thua Thien – Hue Province, even the nearby regions. It is located along the north bank of Huong River, on Tran Hung Dao Street of Hue City and spans from Trang Tien Bridge to Gia Hoi Bridge. It is only about 1.5 km from The Imperial Citadel.
Visiting Dong Ba Market, Visitors can find all of the most special cultural gifts and souvenirs of Thua Thien Hue that remain until today. They consist of “non la bai tho” (conical hats having poems woven into their design) from Phu Cam Village, which is made of latanier leaves; me xung (candies), Truoi berries, Tuan tea, tom chua (Hue Sour Shrimp), lotus seed of Tinh Tam Lake, etc. Visitors can also find traditional food such as mussel rice, beef vermicelli, leaves cakes, etc. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 3:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Hue.
5. Han Market, Da Nang
Han Market is a highlight attraction in Da Nang, having served the local people since the French occupation (1858). Located at the grand crossroad of Tran Phu Street, Bach Dang Street, Hung Vuong Street, and Tran Hung Dao Street, the market has hundreds of stalls selling everything from coffee beans to T-shirts, jewelry, and accessories. In addition, you also find fresh tropical fruit such as bananas, mangoes, durian, and jackfruit and Da Nang’s specialty food items such as dried squid, Ly Son garlic, prepacked chili paste, and rice crackers. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Address: 119, Tran Phu Street, Hau Chai District, Da Nang.
6. Hoi An Central Market
Located along the Thu Bon Riverbank, the Hoi An Central Market is a place gathering locals and travelers bargaining buying fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, handicrafts, and street snacks… The best time to visit the market is in the early morning because it is the time that local fishermen rush to Hoi An Central Market to sell the best fish. You also get to witness a lively atmosphere of market vendors and local buyers exciting negotiating. There is also a section within the market specializing in Asian silk and textiles, with experienced tailors offering inexpensive tailor services. Hoi An Central Market in UNESCO-listed ancient town offers an authentic shopping experience for travelers in Vietnam. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
Location: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An.
7. Dam Market, Nha Trang
Dam Market, which is the most famous of the markets occupies in Nha Trang City, is built three levels and opens as early as 4h a.m every day. Praised the busiest shopping venue in the city centre, the market has lots of rows of stalls selling handmade clothes, trinkets, fresh produce, and local special products. Especially, Dam Market is relatively well-organized, with souvenir shops located in the front and middle sections, while the back section is dedicated to meat and fish stalls. The dry seafood section to the right of the building offers a variety of Da Nang delicacies, including shrimp, cuttlefish, and seaweed. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 04:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Address: Van Thanh, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa.
8. Phan Thiet Central Market
Located at the intersection between Ly Thuong Kiet and Nguyen Hue Streets. Phan Thiet Central Market hosts hundreds of stalls selling household items, fresh produce, and local delicacies. You can find easily any kind of seafood here, from shrimps, squids, and fishes to snails, clams, and crabs. Authentic Vietnamese delicious dishes are also available at very low prices, including banh xeo (crispy pancake), mi quang (turmeric noodles), and guoi cuon (fresh spring rolls). The market opens from 5h a.m. The best time to visit the market is the early hours of the morning because that’s when the locals tend to congregate to bargain for the freshest produce. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Location: The intersection between Ly Thuong Kiet and Nguyen Hue Streets, Phan Thiet.
9. Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is located in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Here have numerous stalls selling apparel, textiles, luggage, watches, handicrafts, and electronic goods. Mornings are often packed with locals shopping for fresh fruits, spices, nuts, seafood, and household supplies. As with most traditional markets in Vietnam, Ben Thanh Market is also a good place to enjoy a lot of inexpensive local dishes and snacks such as pho noodles, spring rolls, and banh xeo (crispy pancake). Ben Thanh Market is regarded as one of the must-sees when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Address: The crossroads of Phan Boi Chau – Phan Chu Trinh – Le Thanh Ton – Quach Thi Trang Square, Ben Thanh Ward.
10. Binh Tay Market (Cholon), Ho Chi Minh City
Binh Tay Market (Cholon) in Saigon’s Chinatown, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. The market has opulent Chinese architecture and a bustling shopping atmosphere. The market consists of lots of products such as handicrafts, lacquerware, textiles, and fresh produce. Because of large crowds and Southern Vietnam’s notorious humidity, it can get rather stuffy. Therefore, come to the breezy central courtyard to take a breather. There’s also an altar and stone plaque honoring Binh Tay Market’s founder, Mr. Thong Hiep. An open-air food court at the back of Cholon offers banh bao (steamed bun with pork filling), and Chinese sausages, authentic Vietnamese noodles. Read more…
Opening Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Address: 57 Thap Muoi, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City.