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Top 7 Vietnam markets: Vietnam essential travel guide 2020

Top 7 Vietnam markets: Vietnam essential travel guide 2020

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    1. Dong Xuan Market – The biggest market among Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: 06:00-18:00

    Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

    As one of the earliest French-built buildings in Hanoi, the Dong Xuan Market is still the largest trading center of Hanoi. On April 6th 1888, the government signed a decision to establish a new market. The Dong Xuan Market was built by the French contractor Poinsard Veyret. In the official document, the French called the market "Les Halls centrales" or "Grand Marché", but the local people still took Dong Xuan as the name of the market. Because of its long history, Dong Xuan Market contains many cultural values of local people. This is the reason why many travelers choose Dong Xuan Market as a destination when they visit Hanoi.

    When you get to Dong Xuan market, you will have the opportunity to visit and buy various items including food, souvenirs, and clothing. However, because most of the booths sell with the wholesale price, it will be cheaper if you buy a dozen units or more. If you are a tourist and come here to visit, you can buy some local souvenirs and learn about a large market in Hanoi.

    On Saturday evening, in front of the Dong Xuan Market, at the foot of the Hanoi Memorial, there is a group of singers who sing Xam - a type of Vietnamese folk music which is popular in Northern religion perform for visitors. This kind of music is quite strange with travelers especially foreign travelers. But if you want to explore the Vietnamese local culture, you should get there on Saturday evening.

    How to get to Dong Xuan Market- The biggest market among Vietnam markets

    a. Using the bus to get to Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi 

    You can consider some routes as follows:

    Number 31 (through 22C Hang Luoc Street): Cham (Dong Den) - Dong An - An Duong Vuong - Phu Thuong - Nhat Tan - Au Co - Nghi Tam - Yen Phu - Long Bien - Dau Dau - Quan Thanh - Hang Cot - Hang Luu - Cha Ca.

    Some buses (03, 11, 14,18, 23, 34, 22) pass through O Quan Chuong Street at 81 Tran Nhat Duat, getting off the bus and then turn right into Thanh Ha Street, go straight ahead till the end of the street, then turn right on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street (the back of Dong Xuan market)

    Note: the schedules can be changed. You should access the official bus website timbus.vn to get more information.

    Please ask the sale-man the destination you want to go. They will direct you in a suitable way.

    b. Using the taxi to get to Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi 

    The easiest way to get to Dong Xuan Market is by calling directly to the taxi hotlines. You can call to some brands in Hanoi as follows:

    Brands Contacts
    G7 Taxi (+84) 24 3263 6363
    Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 2438 333 333
    (+84) 2438 616 161
    (+84) 2438 222 666
    (+84) 2438 222 555
    Dai Nam Taxi (+84) 2438 846 666
    Thanh Nga Taxi (+84) 2438 215 215
    Viet Thanh Taxi (+84) 2435 636 666
    ABC Taxi (+84) 2432 585 858
    CP Taxi (+84) 2438 262 626
    Thang Long  (+84) 2439 717 171
    V Taxi  (+84) 2438 585 858
    Noi Bai Taxi (+84) 2438 868 888
    Tay Ho Taxi  (+84) 2438 454 545
    Cienco 8 Taxi  (+84) 2438 555 888

    2. Hanoi Night Market – The most dynamic market among Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: Friday –Sunday

                                18:00-24:00

    Address: Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

    Hanoi Night market is a combination of ancient features as timeless colored roofs, mossy walls, and busy bustling atmosphere. Everything creates a special charm that cannot be found anywhere else.

    You can freely choose various types of food.

    • Vietnamese dishes such as snails, noodles, grilled noodles, grilled meat, etc. 
    • Korean dishes such as rice rolls or Tokbokki, and of course, the presence of snacks such as tuna potatoes, fried potatoes 
    • Asian-European dishes. Tea or fruit juices will be the ideal choice for strolling and sipping.

    In addition to delicious foods, Hanoi's Old Quarter also attracts visitors with many items including the phone cases, the meticulously designed card, the clothes, shoes, bags, belts, souvenirs, etc. Each item has a popular price that most of the travelers can afford.

    In some special circumstances, the travelers can see the traditional Vietnamese music performances such as Xam, Quan Ho, Ca Tru, and so forth. If you want to explore the local people’s lifestyle, the Hanoi night market is highly recommended.

    How to get to Hanoi night market - The most dynamic market among Vietnam markets

    a. Using the bus to get to Hanoi night market - The most dynamic market among Vietnam markets

    You must catch the bus number 09, 14 or 36 to get to Hoan Kiem Lake, then walk through Nha Tho to get to market

    Bus number  Schedule 
    9 Hoan Kiem Lake- Nguyen Binh Khiem - Tran Nhan Tong - Le Duan - Kham Thien - Nguyen Luong Bang - Tay Son - Nga Tu So - Lang - Lang Ha - Huynh Thuc Khang - Nguyen Chi Thanh - Nguyen Chi Thanh - Lang Pagoda - Lang Street - Cau Giay - Cau Giay - Kim Ma - Lieu Giai - Van Cao - Hoang Hoa Tham - Ngoc Ha - Le Hong Phong - Dien Bien Phu - Phan Boi Chau - Hai Ba Trung - Hang Bai - Dinh Tien Hoang - Hoan Kiem Lake
    14 Hoan Kiem Lake - Hang Chau - Hang Tre - Hang Muoi - Tran Nhat Duat - Yen Phu (turn at 92 Yen Phu) - Long Bien transit point - Hang Dau - Quan Thanh - Thuy Khue - Lac Long Quan - Hoang Quoc Viet - Pham Van Dong - Nam Thang Long - Thang Long Bridge - Co Nhue (next to Nhat Tao Village) and vice versa
    36 Yen Bien (Long Bien transit point) - Hang Dau - Hang Cot - Hang Gau - Hang Dieu - Duong Thanh - Phu Doan - Trieu Quoc Dat - Hai Ba Trung - Ba Trieu - Le Dai Hanh - Dai Co Viet - Bach Mai - Truong Dinh - Kim Dong - Giai Phong - Nguyen Huu Tho - Nguyen Duy Trinh - Linh Dam and vice versa.

    Note:  The schedules can be changed, you should access the official bus website timbus.vn to get more information 

    Please ask the sale-man the destination you want to go. They will direct you in a suitable way.

    b. Using the taxi to get to Hanoi night market - The most dynamic market among Vietnam markets

    (you can see list taxi hotlines in Hanoi mentioned above

    3. Dong Ba Market – The Symbol of Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: 05:00-19:00

    Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Hue

    Dong Ba Market which is a large commercial center of Hue city serves residents in the city and visitors. Locating on an area of 22,742 m2, over 2,700 commodities ranging from luxury goods to the regular items. Every day the number of visitors and buyers to the market reaches over 5,000-7,000 people. Today, Dong Ba Market plays an important role in the national economy. In addition to the task of providing food for the city, Dong Ba Market also creates jobs for thousands of unemployed and pays tens of billions of dollars of tax to the state budget every year.

    The essence culture of Thua Thien Hue which has been preserved can be found in Dong Ba Market such as Phu Cam conical hats, Hien Luong cutlery, Ke Go jewelry,  Tuan tea, Huong Can tea, Lai Bang tea, dried shrimp, paper village, etc. and traditional dishes such as mussels, beef noodles, shrimp, and so forth. Dong Ba Market has become the main resource for providing seafood for international restaurants and hotels.

    How to get to Dong Ba Market - The Symbol of Vietnam markets

    If you have a Hue tour by the private vehicle, you can use google map or ask the local people to get there because the distance between Hue City to Dong Ba Market is quite short.

    If not, you can call directly some taxi hotlines in Hue as follows:

    Hoang Anh Taxi  (+84) 2343 555 555
    Thanh Cong Taxi  (+84) 2343 575 757
    Hoang Sa Taxi  (+84) 2343 757 575
    Mai Linh Taxi  (+84) 2343 898 989
    (+84) 2343 824 747
    Dong Ba Taxi  (+84) 2343 848 484
    Gilli Taxi  (+84) 2343 828 282
    Huong Giang Taxi  (+84) 2343 787 878
    Phu Xuan Taxi  (+84) 2343 878 787
    Thanh Do Taxi  (+84) 2343 858 585
    Thanh Hung Taxi  (+84) 2343 863 863
    Thanh Loi Taxi  (+84) 2343 845 845
    Thua Thien Hue Taxi  (+84) 2343 818 181
    Vang Taxi  (+84) 2343 797 979

    4. Da Lat Market – The unique specialties among Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: 6:30-23:00

    Address: 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province.

    Da Lat Market sells a lot of goods with various types. We would like to introduce some special items from Da Lat market.

    • Vegetable: Cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, strawberry, tea, artichoke, etc. Those are produced in Lam Dong.
    • Wool goods: There are many types and designs such as sweaters, socks, boots, gloves and woolen hats.
    • Fresh flowers: There are many kinds of flowers from very cheap to high-grade flowers. You will have opportunities to immerse yourself in the romantic scene with thousands of flowers. Today, the local people have imported many foreign flowers to serve the resident as well as travelers.
    • Fruit: The fruit here is very delicious and fresh such as Avocado, strawberry, plum, peach, banana LaBa, and so forth. All of the fruits were grown by organic methods so you can believe in food hygiene and safety here.

    Besides, Da Lat Market has the specialties which you can buy as a meaningful gift for your family or friends. You can consider some goods as follows:

    • Da Lat wine: The wine is made from fresh fruits, especially grapes or plums.
    • Da Lat jam: Jams in Da Lat made very delicious such as plum jam, potato jam, rosemary jam
    • Da Lat Tea: Also known as Atiso Tea, this tea is packaged or bagged tea, this tea is famous for the treatment of some diseases such as the diuretic. Atiso is made by stem, roots, leaves.
    • Da Lat Strawberry: Coming to Da Lat, everyone knows that strawberry is a specialty. Strawberries have a lot of vitamins such as Vitamin A, B1, B2 and especially vitamin C.

    How to get to Da Lat Market -The unique specialties among Vietnam markets

    If you use the private vehicles to travel in Da Lat, you can access the google maps or ask the local people to get to the Da Lat market. If not, you can call directly some taxi hotlines as follows

    Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 2633 383 838
    Mai Linh Taxi (Duc Trong, Don Phuong, Lam Ha) (+84) 2633 678 888
    Mai Linh Taxi (Di Linh, Bao Loc, Bao Lam) (+84) 2633 722 222
    Red Star Taxi (+84) 2633 959 595
    Quoc Te Taxi (+84) 2633 525 252
    Thang Loi Taxi (+84) 2633 835 583
    Da Lat Taxi (+84) 2633 556 655
    Anh Dao Taxi (+84) 2633 570 570
    Da Lat Toserco Taxi (+84) 2633 830 830
    Lam Dong Taxi (+84) 2633 666 777
    Thanh Buoi Taxi (+84) 2633 821 264
    (+84) 2633 837 838

    5. Dam Nha Trang Market - The most charismatic market among Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: 5:00-18:30

    Address: Ben Cho Street, Van Thanh Ward, Nha Trang

    Nha Trang Dam Market which is Nha Trang's major trading center is located at 19B, Building B, Nha Trang City. With such a large area, Dam Market can accommodate 3,000 customers.

    According to a survey, in the peak tourist season, on average every day, Dam Market welcomes nearly 1000 visitors to visit and shopping. The travelers will be comfortable when choosing the goods with enthusiastic, friendly advice from the sellers. In addition, prices are posted publicly. As such, you can believe in the seller here.

    Dam Nha Trang has a lot of goods with various types from regular to luxury including dried squid, dried fish, mango rice paper, and so forth. The market is divided into 3 parts including the left part, right part, and center part.

    In the left part, you can buy dried or fresh seafood as the souvenirs. In the center part, you can buy clothes, toys, some useful houseware equipment for your family, etc. In the right part, you can buy some Nha Trang specialties such as rice paper, allspice, fish noodle, nem, etc. You should try it at least one time. I believe that you will have interesting experiences.

    How to get to Dam Nha Trang Market -  The most charismatic market among Vietnam markets

    If you use private vehicles to travel in Nha Trang, you can use google maps or ask the local people to get to market.

    a. Using the bus to get to Dam Nha Trang Market, Vietnam. 

    You must catch the bus number 03 to get to Dam Nha Trang market. We would like to give a detailed schedule for this bus as follow:

    Dam Nha Trang Market - Pasteur - Tran Hung Dao - Nguyen Chanh - Ngo Gia Tu - Cuu Long - Le Hong Phong - Nguyen Tat Thanh - Lo River and vice versa

    Note: The schedule can be changed, you should check carefully before getting on. 

    Please ask the sale-man the destination you want to go. They will direct you in a suitable way.

    b. Using the taxi to get to Dam Nha Trang market, Vietnam - 

    The easiest way to get to Dam Nha Trang is by calling directly to the taxi hotlines. We would like to give you a list of hotlines in Nha Trang as follows

    Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 25838 383 838
    Airport Taxi (+84) 2583 528 528
    (+84) 2586 262 626
    Asia Taxi (+84) 2583 535 353
    Emasco  Taxi (+84) 2583 515 151
    (+84) 2583 521 521
    Nha Trang Taxi (+84) 2583 818 181
    (+84) 2583 511 511
    (+84) 2583 824 000
    Quoc Te Taxi (+84) 2583 525 252
    Thanh Hung Taxi (+84) 2583 822 822
    Thien An Taxi (+84) 2583 889 988
    Tram Huong Taxi (+84) 2583 561 561
    (+84) 2586 252 525
    Vinh Tuan Taxi (+84) 2583 529 529

    6. Ben Thanh Market - The most alluring market among Vietnam markets

    Opening hours: 6:00-24:00

    Address: Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City

    The original market is located along the Ben Nghe River, at a wharf nearby Quy (Gia Dinh). As such, the market is called Ben Thanh. In 1911, the French colonial government decided to move the market to the present location. The market was built from 1912 to the end of March 1914 and has operated continuously until now. The market has four gates, each gate faces the main streets such as North Gate overlooking Le Thanh Ton Street, South Gate overlooking Le Loi Street, East Gate overlooking Phan Boi Chau Street, West Gate overlooking Phan Chu Trinh Street. With an area of over 13,000 m2, the market sells a lot of goods including clothes, fabrics, footwear, handicrafts, fresh foods, fruits, and fresh flowers. Besides, if you visit here, you should try some street foods such as Sai Gon rice paper, tea, and so forth. 

    How to get to Ben Thanh Market - The most alluring market among Vietnam markets

    If you use the private vehicles to travel in Sai Gon, you can use the google maps or ask the local people to get to Ben Thanh market.

    a. Using the bus to get to Ben Thanh Market - The most alluring market among Vietnam markets

    You must catch the bus number 02 to get to Ben Thanh market. We would like to give you a detailed schedule as follow:

    Ben Thanh - Tran Hung Dao - Pham Ngu Lao - Nguyen Thi Nghia - Nguyen Trai - Cong Quynh - Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Nguyen Thien Thuat - Dien Bien Phu - Cao Thang - 3 February - Hong Bang - Nguyen Van Luong - Hau Giang - Kinh Duong Vuong - Western bus station (drop off) - Kinh Duong Vuong and vice versa.

    Note: The schedule can be changed, you should check carefully before getting on the bus.

    Please ask the sale-man the destination you want to go. They will direct you a suitable way.

    b. Using the taxi to get to Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, Vietnam- 

    The easiest way to get to Ben Thanh Market is by calling directly to the taxi hotlines. We would like to give you a list of taxi hotline in Ho Chi Minh City as follows

    12 Taxi (+84) 2838 304 050
    Vinasun Taxi (+84) 28 3827 7178
    27-7 Taxi (+84) 2839 900 900
    A Taxi (+84) 2838 380 380
    Airport Taxi (+84) 2838 424 242
    (+84) 2838 446 666
    Ben Thanh Taxi (+84) 2838 422 422
    (+84) 2838 260 260
    Binh Phat Taxi (+84) 2838 752 720
    BM Taxi (+84) 2838 303 030
    Cho Lon Taxi (+84) 2838 303 030
    Dat Thep Taxi (+84) 2838 321 321
    Dau Khi Taxi (+84) 2835 353 535
    David Taxi (+84) 2838 290 290
    Deluxe Taxi (+84) 2838 262 626
    Duc Linh Taxi (+84) 2839 509 424
    F Taxi (+84) 2838 454 545
    Festival Taxi (+84) 2838 454545
    Future Taxi (+84) 2838 181 818
    Sai Gon Taxi (+84) 2835 121 212
    Gia Dinh Taxi (+84) 2838 989 898
    Happy Taxi (+84) 2838 777 777
    Hoan My Taxi (+84) 2838 300 000
    (+84) 2838 323 323
    Hoang Long Taxi (+84) 2838 686 868
    Hong Phuc Taxi (+84) 2839 230 230
    Khai Hoan Mon Taxi (+84) 2838 454 545
    M Taxi (+84) 2838 222 666
    Mai Linh Taxi (+84) 2838 383 838
    Mai Taxi (+84) 2838 222 666
    Nam Phi Long Taxi (+84) 2838 211 821
    P Taxi (+84) 2835 121 212
    Petrolimex Taxi (+84) 2835 121 212
    Phi Long Taxi (+84) 2839 111 111
    Phuong Trang Taxi (+84) 2838 181 818
    Rang Dong Taxi (+84) 2835 111 111
    Sai Gon Hoang Long Taxi (+84) 2838 686 868
    Sai Gon Taxi (+84) 2838  232 323
    Sàai Gon Taxi  (BLANC) (+84) 2838 448 888
    Sai Gon Tourist Taxi (+84) 2838 464 646
    Sai Gon Air Taxi (+84) 2838 118 118
    Sai Gon Taxi (+84) 2838 232 323
    Sai Gon  (SASCO) Taxi (+84) 2838 424 242
    Sai Gon Xanh Taxi (+84) 2838 3838 38
    Saigontourist Taxi (+84) 2838 458 888
    Savico Taxi (+84) 2838 212 121
    Star Taxi (+84) 2838 636 363
    Tan A Taxi (+84) 2838 203 040
    Tanaco Taxi (+84) 2838 203 040
    (+84) 2838 226 226
    Thanh Binh Taxi (+84) 2838 303 868
    Thien Phuc Taxi (+84) 2838 626 626
    Vina Taxi (+84) 2838 111 111
    VinaSun Taxi (+84) 2838 272 727
    Vina Taxi (+84) 2838 111 111
    VN Taxi (+84) 2838 111 222
    VT – DL number 2 Taxi (+84) 2838 250 250
    V Taxi (+84) 2838 202 020

    7. Binh Tay Market - The honored market among Vietnam markets.

    Opening hours: 6:00-19:00

    Address: 57A Thap Muoi Street, 6 District, Ho Chi Minh City

    The same with Ben Thanh market, Binh Tay Market is one of the oldest markets in Sai Gon. But the goods price here is considered better than Ben Thanh market. Despite having a competition among supermarket systems, Binh Tay Market still maintains a high position in the national economy. Because of the long history, Binh Tay Market has become a new potential tourist destination of Ho Chi Minh City. At present, the market has more than 2,300 booths with various types of goods including clothes, souvenirs, foods, and so forth. There are 5 main parts as follows:

    • The ground floor: porcelain, incense, nails, spices, nylon - raincoat, shoes, bags fiber, plastic, hats, etc.
    • The second floor:  clothes, department store, confectionery, etc.
    • Tran Binh area- The new area: high-quality seafood, fresh fruits, and flowers.
    • Le Tan Ke area: dried shrimp, fish, oil, Da Lat vegetables, noodle, eggs, spices, etc.
    • Phan Van Khoi area: food, pork, beef, fish, roasted pork, tofu, etc.

    Every year,  over 120,000 foreign travelers get to the market to visit and buy goods. This is a unique opportunity for travelers, you can admire the ancient architecture, learn the history of this market and go shopping at a reasonable price. 

    How to get to Binh Tay market

    If you use the private vehicle to travel in Sai Gon, you can use google maps or ask the local people to get to Binh Tay market.

    a, Using the bus to get to Binh Tay Market 

    There are several buses you can use to get to Binh Tay market. We would like to give you the schedules as follows:

    Bus number Schedule
    1 Me Linh - Ton Duc Thang - Ham Nghi - Pham Ngu Lao - Tran Hung Dao - Tran Phu - Tran Hung Dao - Chau Van Liem - Hai Thuong Lan Ong - Trang Tu – Binh Tay and vice versa
    5 Binh Tay -Le Quang Sung - Pham Dinh Ho - Thap Muoi - Hai Thuong Lan Ong - Chau Van Liem - Thuan Kieu - Nguyen Chi Thanh - Ngo Gia Tu - Vinh Vien - Le Hong Phong - Tran Phu - Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - National Highway 13 - National Highway 1A - National Highway 1K - Bien Hoa Bus Station and vice versa
    7 Binh Tay - Le Quang Sung - Pham Dinh Ho - Thap Muoi - Hai Thuong Lan Ong - Chau Van Liem - Hong Bang - An Duong Vuong - Nguyen Tri Phuong - 3 February - Ly Chinh Thang - Nguyen Thong - Saigon Railway Station - Nguyen Thong - Ky Dong - Tran Quoc Thao - Le Van Sy - Tran Quang Dieu - Nguyen Van Troi - Phan Dinh Giot - Pho Quang - Hoang Minh Giam - Nguyen Thai Son - Phan Van Tri and vice versa
    47 Binh Tay - Le Quang Sung - Pham Dinh Ho - Thap Muoi - Hai Thuong Lan Ong - Ca Va - Cao Xuan Duc - Tung Thien Vuong - National Highway 50 - Highway 11 - Ben Hung Long and vice versa.
    61 Binh Tay - Le Minh Xuan - Tran Dai Nghia - Highway 1A - Kinh Duong Vuong - An Duong Vuong - Road 59 - Road 44 - Vuong Dai Road - Road 74 - Tran Van Kieu  - Road 26 - Nguyen Van Luong and vice versa.
    56 Binh Tay - Le Quang Sung - Nguyen Huu Thuan - Thap Muoi - Hai Thuong Lan Ong - Chau Van Liêm - Hong Bang - An Duong Vuong - Nguyen Van Cu - Nguyen Trai - Nguyen Cu Trinh - Tran Hung Dao - Pham Ngu Lao - Ham Nghi - Ho Tung Mau - S2 - Ton Duc Thang - Nguyen Huu Canh - Saigon Bridge - Hanoi Highway - Dang Van Bi - Vo Van Ngan - Le Van Viet – Transportation University (District 9) and vice versa.

    Note: The schedule can be changed, you should check carefully before getting on the bus.

    Please ask the sale-man the destination you want to go. They will direct you in a suitable way.

    b, Using the taxi to get to Binh Tay market

    (you can see list taxi hotlines in Ho Chi Minh City mentioned above)

    8. Must-know tips if you want to buy or visit the Vietnam markets

    • Learning Vietnamese is a key point in making your trip become easier. 
    • If you get to the market by bus, you should ask the sale-man clearly where you want to go.
    • If you get to the market by taxi, you should negotiate about the price with the driver to make sure that you will not be tricked after getting in.
    • If you want to buy fresh food, you should get to the market as early as possible.
    • You should try and do your bargaining skills to get lower prices.

    9. A brief summary of the Vietnam markets.

    The Vietnam markets are the places that you should visit if you travel to Vietnam. For each market, it will have a unique and different point, you should choose the suitable one depending on your interest. You will have more opportunities to explore the local culture as well as your adventurous ambition. Besides, you can buy a lot of things like the meaning souvenirs to your families and friends. We believe that traveling in the Vietnam markets will give you numerous interesting experiences. We hope that this article can help you a lot when traveling in Vietnam.

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