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From fresh fruit và vegetables to lớn clothes & furniture, Vietnamese markets have it all. Every town and city has a large, central market, as well as several smaller, more specialised markets.

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With such a wide variety of goods và markets on offer in Vietnam, finding the best market for what you want can be tricky.

To fully understand a Vietnamese market experience, it"s important to lớn know how they fit into Vietnamese culture.

History và Importance Of Markets In Vietnam

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Street market in Hoi An // Photo by Pia Staigmueller / Shutterstock

Markets have traditionally formed the backbone of local and regional commerce in Vietnam. Today, fresh produce still arrives from across the provinces khổng lồ towns & cities, giving locals access khổng lồ goods at affordable prices.

Despite the growth of shopping malls and retail supermarkets like Vinmart, markets in Vietnam continue lớn play an important role in local culture and daily life. As well as trade and commerce, markets remain a focal point for communities khổng lồ purchase not only buy essentials but also socialise.

Whilst the largest & most famous markets usually have an array of vendors selling everything you could wish for, smaller specialised markets also pepper the streets ofHo bỏ ra Minh City,Hanoiand other cities.

Read on khổng lồ find out how khổng lồ navigate Vietnamese markets!

Types Of Markets In Vietnam

Day Markets

Day markets tend lớn be the largest markets in urban settlements, often being a focal point in a city. Ho bỏ ra Minh City & Hanoi have two of the most iconic markets in Vietnam:

Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi
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Dong Xuan market // Photo by Cesare Palma / Shutterstock

Housed in a soviet-style building on the edge of the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan is the largest indoor market in Hanoi.

Stuffed with electronic appliances, souvenirs, clothing, & accessories, Dong Xuan also features a wet market on the ground floor, where bustling locals cửa hàng for meat and the latest catch from local trawlers.

Make a trip here & take advantage of the find affordable prices. And, after you siêu thị till you drop, the food vendors will be at hand to replenish you with delicious local dishes like bun phụ thân and banh cuon, leaving you more than ready lớn take on the Old Quarter afterwards!

Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 6 am - late

Binh Tay Market, Ho đưa ra Minh City
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Binh Tay market // Photo by Stephane Bidouze / Shutterstock

Set foot in this bustling market & prepare to be swimming in a sea of colour và chaos.

Located in district 6, or Chinatown, Binh Tay Market is relatively far from the tourist hubs of D1 and D3, meaning you will likely find more affordable prices than Ben Thanh market - but less English.

The market receives goods from across Vietnam và South East Asia every day. From lanterns & lightbulbs to fresh flowers và fruits - you name it, Binh Tay Market has got it!

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Address: 57A Tháp Mười street, District 6, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Opening hours: 6 am - 6 pm

Ben Thanh Market, Ho chi Minh City
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Ben Thanh market // Photo by Saigoneer / Shutterstock

Located in the heart of District 1, Ben Thanh market is one of Ho bỏ ra Minh City"s most popular tourist attractions.

There is a food court in the middle where you can buy classic Saigonese dishes lượt thích Hu Tieu và other Saigon noodles soups at a reasonable price. Around the perimeter, there are dozens of shops selling local handicrafts, dried nuts & fruit, art và other souvenirs.

If you are in town, the chances are your hotel will be within walking distance, so make sure you pop in for a browse or a munch in one of Ho chi Minh City"s most iconic landmarks.

Address: Đ. Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, District 1, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Opening hours: 6 am - 7 pm

Dong tía Market, Hue
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Dong tía market // Photo by Big Pearl / Shutterstock

The former imperial capital, Hue, is trang chủ to one of the oldest markets in Vietnam. Dong ba market is home to hundreds of vendors selling fresh produce, clothing and household essentials at affordable prices.

At almost 16,000 square metres, you could easily spend a whole morning exploring Dong bố market. If you do, make sure you tuck into some banh khoai (fried plantain) and bun bo hue (beef noodles) to lớn keep your energy levels up!

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Address: Phú Hoà, thành phố Huế, vượt Thiên Huế

Opening hours: 6 am - 830 pm

Duong Dong Market, Phu Quoc

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Duong Dong market // Photo by Hikari0909 / Shutterstock

As the busiest and largest market in Phu Quoc, Duong Dong market is a popular spot for locals & tourists lớn see local cuisine at it"s source.

Although there are some stalls selling the usual electronic goods, souvenirs, và t-shirts, Duong Dong market is famed for its peppercorns, cashews, fish sauce, fresh food, and, not to mention, world-class seafood.

Local fishermen drop their fish off from 3 am, so if you are visiting và keen for a BBQ on one of Phu Quoc"s spectacular beaches, make sure you are up early khổng lồ get the catch of the day!

Address: 21 Đ. è Phú, TT. Dương Đông, Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang

Opening Hours: 3 am - 11 pm

Dam Market, Nha Trang

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Dam market // Photo by Joel Whalton / Shutterstock

Known for its quality lotus flower design, Dam Market is a staple on any tour in Nha Trang.

Nha Trang market is conveniently divided into zones stocked with a full range of hand-woven bags, handicrafts & souvenirs, as well as daily items for locals.

As you walk around, it will be hard to miss the wafts of fresh seafood - some of the best in Vietnam! Aside from prepared food, visitors can stock up on souvenirs. Things like dried seafood to make for excellent gift.

After eating some local dishes like nem nuong (spring rolls) and sanh ky noodles, you may be even buying rice paper lớn make your own when you return home. Good luck!

Address: Phan Bội Châu, P, tp Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa

Opening Hours: 5 am - 630 pm

Night markets

A trip to a Vietnamese night market is guaranteed khổng lồ be colourful & exciting.

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As you stroll, you will discover an authentic Vietnamese atmosphere & hundreds of items for sale. Think souvenir shops packed with handicrafts and clothes, electronic goods, food stalls, và more - often at bargain prices. We have highlighted the best night markets in Vietnam below:

Hanoi Weekend Night Market

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Hanoi weekend night market // Photo by PnPy / Shutterstock

The weekend night market in the Hanoi Old Quarter is a must-visit when in the capital.

Starting at the edge of Hang Dao street, you will find some of the best Vietnamese street food in Vietnam. This central market hosts a food court , with perfect when eaten withfresh bia hoi(the cheapest beer in the world!).

Dozens of stalls line the streets with local people selling t-shirts, snacks, arts & crafts, and local musicians are also on hand, strumming out classics for hours on end.

Opening Hours: Daily 6 am - 7 pmAddress: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Ben Thanh Night Market

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Night market Ben Thanh // Photo by carol.anne / Shutterstock

At night, the roads around the Benh Thanh market are closed khổng lồ traffic và become paved with restaurants và stalls selling souvenirs, jewellery, & clothes.

There are also many restaurants that offer delicious barbecue and seafood. Makeshift as they may be, when you see the small tables và chairs come out, you know you are in for something special.

A staple on the Saigon tourist trail, the Ben Thanh night market is a must-visit.

Opening hours: Đ. Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, District 1, Ho chi Minh City

Address: 7 pm - late

Hoi An Night Market

Pro: Has some of the best Vietnamese street food in the country.

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Night boat ride at ancient town of Hoi An // Photo by Tom Robertson / Shutterstock

Walk any street in Hoi An at night, & you are bound to be impressed. Mix amidst glowing lanterns và ancient architecture, the Hoi An night market is on Nguyen Hoang street, next khổng lồ the Thu Bon River. Famous for its silk & garments, you will be spoilt for choice if your wardrobe needs an upgrade.

You will also find the usual souvenirs & t-shirts, but make sure lớn bargain as prices are often higher for tourists. And, if you are still hungry after dinner, tuck into some of the delicious Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake) or My quang (pork và shrimp noodles). Not to be missed.

Opening hours: 430 pm - 1030 pm

Address: Nguyễn Hoàng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam

Honourable mentions:Nha Trang Night Market & Dinh Cau night market are also excellent places lớn visit if you visit Nha Trang or Phu Quoc.

Specialised Markets in Vietnam

Rather than a one-stop-shop, the following markets specialise in different goods và services.

Quang tía Flower Market

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Quang bố flower market // Photo by gnomeandi / Shutterstock

Located in the ex-pat district, Tay Ho, Quang ba flower market is an electrifying phối of colour and energy, especially during important festivals like Tet.

The market offers exotic flowers from across Vietnam & abroad.

Flowers are seasonal & often dependent on upcoming festivals, but you are sure lớn find a bunch that will impress you - or a significant other. The general rule is the larger the bunch, the more room to bargain. Get bartering!

Address: 236 Đ. Âu Cơ, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, thủ đô 100000

Opening hours: 6 pm - 6 am

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market

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Ho Thi Ky flower market // Photo by David Bokuchava / Shutterstock

In business since 1987, Ho Thi Ky flower market is an institution in Saigon. And, unlike its Hanoian equivalent, it is open all day until the early hours.

Flocks of buyers come at dawn for the freshest flowers - mimosas, roses, orchids and chrysanths - from Dalat, the Mekong region, & foreign countries. Things get super busy around Tet andimportant festivals, so make sure you are ready for the crowds!

Whether it is Valentine"s day or another "me day", you are sure to lớn find a bouquet khổng lồ your liking here!

Address: hang cùng ngõ hẻm 52 hồ Thị Kỷ, District 10, Ho đưa ra Minh City

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Dan Sinh Market - for all your Vietnam war memorabilia

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Dan Sinh market // Photo by Nalidsa / Shutterstock

It is easy to forget just how recent the Vietnam war was - và how far Vietnam has come since. The war museums and war sites showcase this past, but what about if you want to lớn buy some wartime memorabilia? Dan Sinh market is just the place!

From grenades and helmets to lớn boots và gas masks, you will find everything a history buff could dream of. You even get khổng lồ pick between Viet Cong, ARVN or American gear!

Address: 127 ký kết Con, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Opening hours: 6 am - 9 pm

Floating markets

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Floating markets // Photo by Huy Thoai / Shutterstock

Make your way down lớn the Mekong delta and its dozens of tributaries, and you will find something curious: floating markets. Popular across Southern Vietnam & parts of vương quốc của những nụ cười and Cambodia, floating markets reflect the aquatic way of life in the Mekong.

Vendors sell fresh fruits và produce from across the region, including seafood and delicacies lượt thích mangosteen & durian. Believe it or not, you can even find delicious food & local dishes cooked on these boats!

Bargaining & trading work just lượt thích other markets, except that the goods & services are on boats, and you will likely receive whatever you buy on the kết thúc of a bamboo stick. Some of the best floating markets include the Cai Rang market in Can Tho, the Nga bay market in Hau Giang province & the Long Xuyen market in An Giang province.

Opening hours: 5 am - 5 pm

Minority markets

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Minority markets // Photo by martinho Smart / Shutterstock

Top tip: Bac Ha Market in Lao Cai province and Sinh Ho market in vệ sinh Chau province are worth a visit.

Made up of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam is extremely ethnically diverse. Whilst the majority tởm (85%) trang điểm the majority in most urban areas, some regions have a high proportion of ethnic minorities, each with their own quality cultures và traditions.

In theNorthern Highlands, local farmers and tradespeople from minority groups phối up markets khổng lồ sell their fruit, vegetables, meat, và vibrant fabric & clothing. There are also some unmissable foods native lớn the region, such as smoked ox, pho chua (sour pho) & corn wine.

Due lớn the mountainous terrain & large distances, markets are weekly or bi-weekly rather than daily. If you"re making a trip to lớn the North, be sure to lớn read our guide to Ha Giang which covers some unique và bucket danh mục Vietnam markets.

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Opening hours: 6 am - 2 pm

Le Hong Phong Market,Ho bỏ ra Minh city - the "Cambodian market"

Numbering some 1.2 million, ethnic Khmers are one of Vietnam"s largest minority groups. With many forced lớn leave their country during the civil war in the 1970s, Cambodians set up Le Hong Phong market, a bustling market area in district 10. The market has since expanded, & now many ethnic Vietnamese traders also ply their trade here, but it still retains the original 15 founding families and Khmer spirit.

You can buy the usual array of goods found in other markets in Vietnam, but you need khổng lồ come here for the food! The market offers delicious Cambodian cuisine like Num ngân hàng chok noodle soup, a lightly fermented fish noodle dish; bok ho long, a salad featuring fresh papaya, tomato, herbs & crab; và Cambodia"s own "che", afamous Vietnamese sweet dessertmade with mung beans, tapioca, coconut cream, & fruits. Stop by for a taste of Cambodia - without the airfare và visa!

Address: Lê Hồng Phong, District 10 , hcm City

Opening hours: 6 am-6 pm

Start shopping with the locals

Whether it is souvenirs, the early morning food cửa hàng you are or the street food you are after, Vietnamese markets cater for everyone. With so many different markets throughout the country, you will likely always find something surprising to buy or eat. Wherever you go in Vietnam, just know that a market is not too far if you are in need of something - well, anything!