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Vietnam Markets

Vietnam Markets

Da Lat Market

In the morning, the Dalat market -a harmonious architectural work -gathers people of all ethnic origin, wearing multicolor traditional costumes, and coming from surrounding villages.Dalat abounds in fresh vegetables and fruits, which are piled up like mountains. One of the most appreciated of them are avocadoes which are rich in lipids, and strawberries which are much bigger and more fragrant than mulberries.
Vegetables and fruits are daily sent by truck- loads from Dalat to Saigon. They are also exported to many countries.
Originally located in Anh Sang Hamlet in 1929, Da Lat Market was later moved to its current location on the left side of Hoa Binh Quarter. During its early days, the market had a corrugated iron roof and was kept in place with trees, so people called it "Tree Market" (Cho Cay). In 1937, a large fire broke out, and the market was completely burnt down. French envoy Lucien Anges ordered a new market built with bricks to replace the old   one. The front of the market is decorated with the logo of Da Lat Town. The logo features a young man and a young woman of the Cõ ho ethnic minority, a tiger and a Latin saying, which means "giving happiness to one and freshness to the other."
At the Dalat market, tourists can see and buy a wide range of art and craft articles made by the skilful hands of people who have come here from various parts of the country .These include fur clothes and hats, rattan boxes, handbags made of "ivory bamboo" tapes, pressed flowers, wooden logs for grafting orchid flowers, and especially engravings on pine wood with a "fire-pen" devised by a family still reserves the copyright.
Todays Da Lat Market is a multi-story building. It was designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu and is considered one of the most beautiful market structures in Viet Nam.

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is situated at the intersection of Le Loi Avenue, Ham Nghi Avenue, Tran Hung Dao Avenue and Le Lai Street, 700m south-west of the Rex Hotel.
At first, the market was situated near the Ben Nghe River Dike. After being moved many times, it is now standing in the centre of the city where consumers can conveniently find all sorts of products.

According to Vuong Hong Sen, author of "the book Saigon of the Past", in 1912, the French filled a pond, the Boresse, into a solid foundation of 12,000m² and built a market on it. The market was close to a landing stage (Ben) of the old city (Thanh), hence its name of Ben Thanh. The opening ceremony for the market in March 1914 was a big festive event.

At present, the front of Ben Thanh Market faces Quach Thi Trang Square; its rear faces Le Thanh Ton Street; its right, Phan Chu Trinh Street and its left, Phan Boi Chau Street. At all of its four sides, there are bustling trading shops. Located at the centre of the city, Ben Thanh Market is always loaded with varieties of goods, such as consumer goods, cakes and candies, food and foodstuff, and particularly high-quality fruit and vegetables. Goods are displayed in a very attractive way that always catches the eyes of the buyers. They meet all requirements for the customers daily life or for their families. The market has four gates that are very convenient for the market-goers. For all of its advantages, Ben Thanh Market is one of the most attractive tourist sites in the city for both domestic and foreign visitors.

Ben Thanh Market is a huge covered market in central HCMC. It is one of the best places to buy coffee, but do try the stalls inside before buying, as the outside stalls are more expensive. Also if you are buying a reasonable quantity you can usually get a couple of free coffee filters. Vietnamese coffee is really delicious, Im surprised it is not more widely available in the West.

Apart from coffee, you can get almost anything in the market or the shops surrounding it. You will have to bargain, unless the prices are written on the goods, but that is all part of the experience. And afterwards you can have a bowl of delicious noodles.

Phung Hiep Floating Market

To Phung Hiep, visitors will see thousands of small boats full of agricultural products from Western corners to form 1km long floating market. Its said to be a fruit-market of the Southern part and the market is cultural identity of the Mekong Delta.

Dong xuan market

Dong Xuan is a street market spreading over a surface of 600 square meters covering Dong Xuan and Khoai streets. Approximately fifty businesses are operating the forty stands selling food, artifacts, souvenirs and tour packages among others.

Can Cau market - Minority ethnic people market

Can Cau Market is a small, but very colourful market, set in the mountains near the Chinese border.

This is one of the most fascinating open-air markets in the region, specialising in livestock. Its 20km north of Bac Ha and just 9km south of the Chinese border. Can Cau attracts a large number of Chinese traders, evidenced by the booming dog trade here.

The Flower Hmong minority is the most common here, and their colourful dresses makes is a beautiful sight. Almost every Saturday around 8 different minorities are represented at the market.

Cocly market-minority ethnic people market

It is the colorful market in a mountainous area where the Flower Hmong mainly gathers to exchange their homemade products.

This Tuesday market is about 35km from Bac Ha. You can get here via a fairly good road, or by road and river; hotels in Sapa and Bac Ha can organise trips.

Coc ly is a small village on the Chay river inhabited by the Flower Hmong Minority people. The Flower Hmong traditionally wear a distinctive and bright coloured costume. They are a gentle, softly spoken people who live in the steep mountainous country close to the Chinese border. Because Coc Ly is more remote than Sapa, the dress and way of life is more traditional than in the large centers. The market deals in fruit, vegetable, pork and chickens, in addition to colourful fabrics and items of traditional dress. There is a buffalo sale in progress and many of these placid animals are tethered close to the market. Buffalo are still widely used in the growing process, especially in the mountainous regions. Horse are an important form of transport in the North West and a quite a few, sturdy ponies were tied to tree around the market. The horse carry a light timber frame on their back to carry produce to and from the market.
After visiting the market, which is the most fresh and unspoiled market of the region, offering a wide range of different colorful ethnic minorities such as Flower Cmon, Black Dao, Tay , Fula, Lachi, Sandui and Nung....there will be an exciting boat cruise winding you through a breathtaking, out of this-world landscape where the mountain grow from water presenting their most hidden mysteries, including caves and tiny minority ...A picnic lunch box can be prepared for your most convenience....

Dong Ba market in Hue

People visit Dong Ba Market not only because they can buy myriad goods and local specialties, but because in their hearts it is a symbol of Hues culture.
Dong Ba is both the name of the largest market in Hue and of a small canal connecting the market with the busy river port of Bao Vinh, Lo Street and Thanh Ha. Dong Ba is also the name of the first steel bridge across the Dong Ba River and Dong Ba Street. The market was originally located outside the citadels Chanh Dong Gate (also commonly called Dong Ba), where today stands a park at the end of Phan Dang Luu Street. The market was burnt down in the summer of 1885. In 1887, King Dong Khanh had it rebuilt and named it Dong Ba. In 1889, King Thanh Thai had it moved to the current location at the crossroads of the Huong (Perfume) River and the west bank of the Dong Ba Canal. Due to its convenient location, the market has   always been very popular.
Dong Ba Market provided the "stage" for the traditional crafts in Hue. Today, the market still sells many traditional products of the region: Phu Cam conical hats, Hien Luong scissors, bronze articles of the Duc guild, Phuoc Tich pottery, Bao La rattan and bamboo products, Ke Mon jewelry, Nam Thuan sweets, Tuan tea, Huong Can mandarins, Luong Quan-Nguyet Bieu pomelos, and Tinh Tarn lotus; and everyday Hue dishes such as clam rice, beef noodles, shrimp cakes, pancakes, bean puddings, sour shrimps, and My Lai shredded lean meat.
As the Lunar New Year approaches, the locals buy "five-color" cakes, which are smail, square cakes made of bean and rice powder. They are placed on the ancestral altar, wrapped in five-color paper, and then eaten. Biting into it, the cake seems to immediately melt in the mouth.
Hue City is growing fast. New markets are constantly appearing: small, squatting and mobile (a ubiquitous site of Viet Nam, a woman with a pole over her shoulder balancing two baskets, one on either side). One no longer has to go far to do the shopping. Still, Dong Ba remains the biggest and most important market in both Hue and Central Viet Nam - it is an institution.

Cai be floating market

This bustling river market is worth including on a boat tour from Vinh Long.

It is opened from 5am to 5pm. It is best to go early in the morning. Wholesalers on big boats moor here, each specializing in one or a few types of fruit or vegetable. Customers cruise the market in smaller boats and can easily find what they e looking for, as the larger boats hang samples of their goods from tall wooden poles.

One interesting thing you won see at other floating markets is the huge Catholic cathedral on the riverside - a popular and fantastic backdrop for photographs.

It takes about an hour to reach the market from Vinh Long, but most peopie make detours on the way there or back to see the canals or visit orchards.

Phong Dien floating market

Phong Dien Floating Market 20 kilometres southwest of Can Tho, the best floating market in the Mekong Delta.
Boats loaded with produce from nearby orchards of the Mekong Delta converge to the floating market. They carry mostly fruits but also coconuts, vegetables and fishes.

Buyers are local traders with bigger boats snapping everything by the bushels and resell at local markets or to wholesale dealers from big cities, often for a handsome profit.

Large floating markets are not complete without its floating restaurants, floating gas stations and an occasional tour boat filled with tourists.

Perhaps the best floating market in the Mekong Delta, Phong Dien has fewer motorised craft and more stand-up rowing boats. Its less crowded than Cai Rang and there are far fewer tourists. The market is at its bustling best between 6am and 8am.

It is theoretically possible to do a whirl- wind boat trip here, visiting the small canals on the way and finishing back at the Cai Rang floating market. This journey should take approximately five hours return from Can Tho.

Cho gao floating market

Cho Gao village is a local market and continue to My Tho.
In the early morning, you could travel by your comfortable bus towards Can Duoc, where you come aboard of your boat to cruise to the Cho Gao floating market.
This sightseeing is extremely interesting as you participate in the life of the local people. The market is a melting pot of colors, shapes, sounds and smells. Rice, fresh fruit, fish, handicrafts, bonsais, almost everything is for sale, a great opportunity to find some nice souvenirs for the loved-ones at home!

When To Travel To Vietnam

Good time to Travel in Vietnam is from September to June. However, Vietnam has three different regions – the North, the Central and the South – each with different weather patterns and different rainy seasons. This means that there is neither a best time nor a worst time to visit Vietnam. Hot summer or Cold winter is not that a big deal. Nice beaches such as Halong bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Mui Ne - Phan Thiet or Phu Quoc Island are always available; Sapa and Dalat highlands offer great places for cool temperature. You can find your favourite kind of weather all year round for your next Vietnam Tours!



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