10 popular night markets in Vietnam

Last update 08:00 | 24/12/2016

VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi, Ha Long, Hoi An, Phu Quoc … are home to the busiest night markets in Vietnam, which attract a large number of tourists.

Hanoi Old Quarter night market

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The night market in the Hanoi Old Quarter opens on the evening of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 18h to 23h. It is a familiar destination for many visitors. Goods there are diverse, including souvenirs, clothes, footwear, accessories and food. Hundreds of stalls are placed along the roads of Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Giay streets. The market is most crowded from 8pm to 10pm.

Quang Ba night flower market, Hanoi 

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The largest night flower market in Hanoi opens from midnight to 3am – 4am and from the early morning until midnight during the time before the new year festival. This is a very popular destination of tourists to Hanoi.

Halong Night Market, Quang Ninh

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The night market is located in the center of Halong city, near the beach. With the good location Halong night market attracts many travelers here when they join Halong Bay tour.

It is crowded with Vietnamese tourists from April to July. They visit night market and buy the souvenirs such as necklaces, wooden products, clothes…, all of souvenirs are made by local people.

Foreigners come here from August to March (the best time to visit Halong Bay). They come here not only to buy souvenirs, but also for taking photos of interesting activities in the market. It opens daily from 6:00 pm – 10:30pm.

Hoi An Night Market, Quang Nam

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It is no coincidence that Hoi An was named one of the 20 coolest “nightlife” cities on the planet. When night falls, it is time for a different Hoi An. Shimmering beauty of lanterns and the beauty of food market along two banks of Hoai River are delightful sights.

Just around 5 pm, the market begins to gather and lasts until 11 pm. People come to Hoi An Night Market (Nguyen Hoang street, Hoi An town, Quang Nam) to shop and wander along the poetic river.

Nha Trang Night Market, Khanh Hoa

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Nha Trang Night Market is located on the pedestrian street next to the cultural center 46 Tran Phu. The market is a unique design, with only 137m length, but has rustic and idyllic features of athe beach city of Nha Trang.

Night Market has souvenir stands, handicraft products and food booths and mobile beverage stores. But the most enticing for travelers are “artisansof calligraphy, paintingsand carved paintings on site.

Dalat night market, Lam Dong

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Visiting Da Lat, travelers usually mention Da Lat Hell market as a beautiful sight at night. Stepping on a slope at the beginning of the market, visitors will see small shops or trolleys with white spiraling smoke.

In addition to the dining experience, if you intend to shop for both nice clothes and reasonable price, Da Lat night market is an ideal destination. Walking around Da Lat night market and enjoying crowded atmosphere is an interesting experience. People sometimes just walk around without shopping to feel relaxed and comfortable.

Night Market in Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan

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This night market opened in June this year in Phu Thuy Ward, Phan Thiet City. This is the first night market in Binh Thuan province.

Located on Nguyen Phuc Nguyen and Nguyen Gia Tu streets, the market has more than 170 stalls that sell goods such as souvenirs, handicrafts and food between 5pm and 10 pm every day.

Ben Thanh night market, HCMC

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These markets are all within a 20-30 minute drive by taxi from the centre, and offer an authentic glimpse into realnight markets, but for those who are short of time or energy Ben Thanh is ideally situated in the centre of Saigon and offers a taste of the larger night markets out of town. Although the shopping may be limited to souvenirs and tourist tat, there is still a wide choice of food and a great atmosphere.

There are at least 20 street-side eateries around the market building, with hundreds of diners gathering to feast on a wide range of the best dishes from all over Vietnam. You may spot ‘Bún chả’ or ‘Phở’, delicious noodle dishes from Hanoi, ‘Banh Nam’, little steamed cakes in banana leaf from Hue, or Bánh xèo, crispy rice pancakes from the Mekong Delta, as well as plenty of other delicacies. You can order delicious fresh grilled seafood, or tasty barbecue pork – with such great choices, you can’t go wrong!

One of the best things about eating at Ben Thanh is that you can watch the chef cooking in front of you, and take in every delicious smell and sound, allowing you to enjoy the food with all your senses. The restaurants are not tourist traps but offer authentic food and atmosphere – on any night the clientele may be 60-70% Vietnamese family and friends rather than exclusively tourists.

Eating and drinking on the street is very popular in Vietnam, and night markets offer a great window into the life of the city. If you have a chance we highly recommend joining the crowds to eat on the street for an atmosphere and experience that can’t be matched by a hotel restaurant.

Phu Quoc night market, Kien Giang

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The night market is 100 meters from Dinh Cau (Cau Temple), thus locals on the island named it after the temple. The holy temple is situated on a stone at the edge of the beach.

Dinh Cau Night Market stretches out on a road section of nearly 500 meters. It opens daily from 5 p.m. until midnight and sells food and beverages, jewelry and souvenirs.

The market is busy in the evening and is a cultural feature of Phu Quoc. It appeals to a large number of travelers and has some 100 stalls along the roadsides of Vo Thi Sau. Guests can go shopping and enjoy Phu Quoc specialties featuring a wide array of fresh seafood with an eye-catching display.

After their meal, tourists can stroll down to booths selling souvenirs right in the night market such as handicrafts, chains, bracelets, rings, earrings made from pearls, shells or natural stones found on Phu Quoc. All pearl products available here are imported from places growing pearls on the island. Such stands lure a huge number of shoppers buying for themselves or as gifts for friends and relatives. Prices of souvenirs and jewelry are not listed, but visitors can have fun bargaining a good price with the sellers.

Tay Do night market, Can Tho

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About 1km from the centre of Can Tho city to the west of Hau river, located in Can Tho International Trade Fair Centre, Tay Do market is not only the trading centre of Southern provinces but also an attractive entertainment and tourism destination.

Come to Tay Do night market, visitors will enjoy an interesting travel tour. The market is like a complex picture, illustrating the daily life of residents in the downstream of famous Mekong Delta.

The architecture of Tay Do night market is harmonious with the landscape around and has Southern style. The market is divided into booths in an airy and artistic space. Paths in the market are also cemented and look spacious. Moreover, there are a variety of goods in the market which meet requirements of locals as well as tourists. Goods of Tay Do night market are diverse to meet shopping demands of consumers.

In the past, Tay Do night market was a wholesale market, mainly exchanging goods in and out of Vietnam. However, in recent years, besides the task of exchanging products, Tay Do night market is also used for cuisine and entertainment services. Based on its large scale and importance, Tay Do night market was recognized as a large trading centre in Mekong Delta/South Vietnam travel packages

Hundreds of specialty fruits are neatly sold in the market with attractive colors. Picked up within the day, these fruits are all very fresh and nutritious. The ripe oranges, yellow mangoes and fresh vegetables… are purchased with affordable prices. In particular, the locals here are also honest; tourists thus can comfortably choose their favorite fruits without any worries. Tourists can buy some rustic gifts like “banh tet” (sweetened cake made primarily from glutinous rice) or delicious aromatic coconut leaf cake.

Visitors can also participate in different kinds of entertainment such as video games and an outdoor music stage. Going to Tay Do Market on a Can Tho tour, tourists will experience a fascinating trip along with unforgettable memories. They can shop for gifts and souvenirs or products used in daily life, and enjoy the beauty of the  activities of people in the South in the balmy air of the night. The Tay Do Night Market is strongly inspired by Nam Bo characteristics.

Compiled by Pha Le

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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