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Explore These Types of Markets in Vietnam

Vietnamese markets have been established for thousands of years and become a crucial part of the local culture. They are a place for buying and selling and for people to meet each other. Each type of market usually offers its distinctive products and characteristics. Below are some types of markets in Vietnam that you might come across when visiting.

Floating Market

All types of markets in Vietnam are closely associated with the culture and lifestyle of local people. The floating market is a typical instance: it is representative of the Mekong Delta‘s unique geographical features, which is a complicated system of rivers and canals.

The buying and selling activities here are as bustling as any other regular market. The rivers are vast, but they can be full of boats carrying fresh products in different directions. Since it can be extremely crowded, the sellers usually tie their products to a bamboo tree and put them on the head of their boats so that customers can see what is being sold from a distance. They offer the most fruits, vegetables, and traditional Vietnamese food.

Day Market

Among all types of markets in Vietnam, the day market is the typical one you can see in every region of Vietnam. They open daily from very early morning till late afternoon, except for some special national holidays such as Vietnamese Tet. Most of the markets get their products delivered from wholesale suppliers at around 3 AM or even earlier to welcome the customers at 4-6 AM. Therefore, the freshness of everything you buy depends on when you arrive at the market, apart from dry products like rice or grains — the earlier, the fresher. You can find anything essential for your family meal, such as fish, meat, vegetables, spices, and fruits. The price here can be lower compared to supermarkets or convenience stores, but you would need to know a little bit about how to bargain in Vietnam.

Day wet markets sell produce from local farmers

If you want to visit a day market, you might need a tour guide to show you around since it can be absolute chaos. Otherwise, you should choose to visit huge markets that might be more accessible for international visitors. Below are some popular markets where you can buy reasonably priced souvenirs.

Local vendor selling fruits on baskets

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Ben Thanh Market

Address: Quach Thi Trang Roundabout, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 5 AM – 6 PM

As it is the icon of Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is worth adding to your trip’s must-go list.

Binh Tay Market

Address: 57A Thap Muoi, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6 AM – 7 PM

One of the oldest markets in the city, Binh Tay Market is where you can buy good stuff and try some delicious food. The sellers here can speak many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean, although not fluently, but enough for you to understand.

Tan Dinh Market

Address: 48 Hai Ba Trung, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 5 AM – 5 PM

Many local people adore Tan Dinh Market‘s variety of products and dishes. It is also located near many tourist attractions, making it an excellent choice for your Day Adventure in Ho Chi Minh City.

Night Market

Night market in Hoi An

Like day markets, night markets in Vietnam are also open all year round. In some cities, they are the places for the locals to buy affordable merchandise and hang out with their friends, while in other ones, tourists are their main visitors. They usually sell clothes, souvenirs, and street food. Some popular night markets in Vietnam include:

Ben Thanh Night Market

Address: Quach Thi Trang Roundabout, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6 PM – 12 AM (midnight)

The market opens almost all day, so feel free to take a look at it whenever you can. It is doubtlessly one of the top Night Markets in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat Night Market

Address: 1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 1, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province
Opening hours: 5 PM – 12 AM (midnight)

The night market is an appealing destination whenever you visit this city of love. At night, they sell many warm clothes and local specialties. They also have mouthwatering street food, including BBQ, Banh Trang Nuong—Vietnamese Pizza, hot soy milk, and more.

Specialized Market

Those are the markets that only have one type of product. Each seller here can have different products, but they are all in the same category.

Flower Market

The flower market is a specialized market in many provinces of Vietnam. Before special holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Women’s Day, these markets are incredibly crowded and busy. Thousands of bouquets are well-prepared and carefully shipped to many regions.

It is also a tradition for Vietnamese people to decorate their houses with colorful flowers during the Tet holiday, so flower markets are always full of people around that time of the year. The flowers most bought during that period were usually apricots and peach blossoms, two of Vietnam’s national flowers.

Some famous flower markets in Vietnam are Hang Luoc Flower Market and, Quang Ba Flower Market in Hanoi, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market

Seafood Market

Besides flowers, the seafood market is also an attractive characteristic of Vietnam, thanks to our long coastline. Duong Dong Market in Phu Quoc Island, Cua Lo Seafood Market in Nghe An Province, and the seafood market in Cu Lao Cham, Quang Nam Province, are some of the most popular markets in this category since they all have numerous types of newly caught seafood selling at surprisingly low prices. Binh Dien Wholesale Market is another big name as it gets every product delivered directly from fishing areas and contributes them to every corner of Ho Chi Minh City.

Other Types of Specialized Markets

Kim Bien Market and Dan Sinh Market are two other incredible specialized markets located in Ho Chi Minh City. The former focuses on selling all kinds of chemicals, while the latter offers mechanical and electrical goods. Dan Sinh Market is also a heaven for those who are looking for war memorabilia, as it has boots, hats, clothes, utensils, and tools for soldiers during the war.

Highlands Market

In Northwest Vietnam, the majority of the population is Vietnamese minorities. Their markets are quite different from the ones of the Kinh people, the most crowded ethnicity in Vietnam.

People usually use their home-grown products. They eat the vegetables they grow and the cattle and poultry they raise, wear the clothes they sew and use the tools they make. If there is anything they cannot fabricate themselves, they would exchange goods with their neighbors rather than sell them. Therefore, there is no need to open markets every day. You can only find these markets once a week or once a month, usually on Sundays.

A highlands fair of H’mong people

Fresh vegetables, brocade clothes, and accessories are what you can expect here. Buffalo, cow, horse, chicken, bird, and dog can also be found in some highlands markets.

Summary of Types of Markets in Vietnam

Markets are still an irreplaceable place in many Vietnamese people’s lives. There are countless markets across the country, and the number of types of markets in Vietnam is unknown. Therefore, don’t forget to visit the markets wherever you go in Vietnam.

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