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Markets in Vietnam


Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan is usually found on most visitors sightseeing list. It’s a sprawling traditional Vietnamese market best visited early or late in the day. There are plenty of trinkets, bags, t-shirts, homeware, art and fake good galore in this bustling, crowded space. The market is spread out over three floors with plenty of hawker stalls inside and out; it’s an interesting place to visit in the evening when it’s all lit up and certainly a great place to get some superb holiday photos. Dong Xuan is a three-storey market located in the Old Quarter, about 1 km north of the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Hang Da Market
1 Pho Hang Da, Hanoi

Smaller than Dong Xuan and offering a more select product range, Hang Da is the place to come for imported wine, flowers, second-hand clothes and fabrics. The outside of the building is also very picturesque with its white multi-perforated façade and it’s expected that the whole interior may one day change from market stalls to boutique outlets. Hang Da is a great place to pick up one-off clothing items including skirts, dresses and coats and some of the best buys are stylish second-hand clothes which are pretty much all in perfect condition.

The market is best visited first thing in the morning when the traders are unpacking for the day and best avoided over weekends or during the midday heat. Take a break when you shop on the first floor where you can buy some freshly cooked Vietnamese snacks.

Night Market
Old Quarter, Hanoi

There’s a night market running north to south through the heart of the Old Quarter, starting on P Hang Giay and heading down to P Hang Dao. Content-wise it’s something of a spillover for the area’s shops, but at least the streets are closed to traffic. Watch out for pickpockets.

Ho Chi Minh City

An Dong Market
Beside An Dong Plaza, Ho Chi Minh City

This three-story market (both a retail and wholesale market) is not at all fancy but it has some modern architecture including escalators. Located in District 5 (Chinatown), it is a must for handicrafts enthusiasts. Just go directly to the top floor and spend time hunting for good quality woodwork, lacquer ware, knitwear and various type of Vietnamese crafts. An Dong is also famous for fabrics. Prices are cheaper than other bigger markets, especially those downtown.

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