Bustling Nightlife: Visit 6 Best Night Markets in Vietnam Without Covid

When night falls, the bustling and colorful nightlife in Vietnam begins. Check out these six best night markets in Vietnam that you can spend your whole night exploring and enjoying the cheerful air that you have never experienced before.
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Market is one of the must-see places for any travelers who want to understand more about the local culture of any destination. It is because markets will show you the most bustling and hustling faces of the locals’ normal life.

If you ever have a time to visit Vietnam, do not forget to explore these beautiful 6 night markets in Vietnam and bring home some unique souvenirs for your friends and family.

1. Hoi An Central Market (Hoi An)

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Photo: Lodyhelp

For a long time, Hoi An night market has been an attractive place for many locals and tourists to visit and shop. It is great if you take the time to walk along this street and see the colorful stalls.

The night market in Hoi An will be a favorite place for hand-in-hand couples, those who love to take pictures of the colorful lanterns, the diners who love to enjoy street food, and the kids because of lots of toys.

Hoi An night market on Nguyen Hoang Street, although on a short distance, has up to 50 stalls, not to mention street vendors along the street. A large number of shops will satisfy the viewing and selection of souvenirs, lanterns, clothing, scarves, and plenty of handicrafts.

Like other night markets in Vietnam, souvenirs are quite a lot at the Nguyen Hoang night market in Hoi An. When you walk around the market, you can also want to find yourself a beautiful little item to decorate your beloved house or as a souvenir of your trip to Hoi An.

An outstanding product that you would love to see in the old town and at this night market is the lantern. With many colors, lanterns made of red, yellow, and green silk cloth light up the whole neighborhood, making Hoi An poetic and gentle. Hoi An itself is also the place to preserve the culture of making lanterns, so the details are done meticulously to create the best quality and eye-catching products.

The lantern is probably the product that many international visitors love because it is the traditional culture of Hoi An ancient town. Besides, the lanterns uniquely are designed and very light, so you can easily fold them into your luggage. The price of each lantern is from 30,000 VND – 300,000 VND (1.30 USD – 12 USD), depending on the design and size.

2. Hanoi Weekend Night Market

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Photo: Go Explore Vietnam

Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Hanoi Weekend Night Market is a busy, bustling gathering of roadside stalls and local food vendors that brings huge crowds of locals and tourists. It runs through the Old Quarter district from 19:00 onwards, starting from Hang Dao Street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market.

Pedestrian streets and historical sites within the area are illuminated with decorative lights, making this a popular spot for travelling photographers. Shopping-wise, the fashion items on sale won’t turn many head as you will find the usual array of inexpensive t-shirts, handicrafts, accessories, shoes, sunglasses and souvenirs at Hanoi Weekend Night Market. However, the overall environment is very lively and bargaining is a way of life here - a good start is to offer about 75 per cent off the opening price.

With prices starting at VND 15,000, visitors can also find plenty of iconic Hanoi dishes while strolling through the busy night market, including bun thang (rice vermicelli soup with shredded chicken, fried egg, and pork), La Vong grilled fish, pho (noodle soup with beef or chicken), banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), and bun cha (rice noodles served with grilled pork).

Hanoi Weekend Night Market showcases cultural performances, where locals in traditional costumes play traditional Vietnamese music as well as classical tunes. As with all busy markets, be aware of your belongings and keep your wits about you as the throng of motorbikes and people can be intense.

3. Dong Xuan Market (Hanoi)

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Photo: Vietnam Discovery Travel

Like Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City or Dam Market in Da Nang, Dong Xuan Market has been a symbol and a pride of Hanoi people for many years.

Nestled in downtown Hanoi, this is the largest wholesale market in the North with an area of 6,500 m2, as well as the gathering place of a multitude of business items to serve the life of the capital's netizens and supply sources for traders.

As one of the largest wholesale markets in the North, Dong Xuan Market gathers a full range of commodities from appearance, types to prices. The essential items at an abundance of kiosks and stores are spread across three floors. Each floor offers separate types of items, which is quite convenient for visitors to find and choose your own favorite items.

You can find a wide variety of foodstuffs such as seafood, meat, vegetables and possessed food as well as home appliances and electrical equipment on the market's first floor. Conveniently, this floor has a fountain available in the central position for you to rest before continuing to "sweep" the other floors.

Once in Hanoi, do not miss the opportunity to explore the vibrant and busy Dong Xuan night market stretching 3 kilometers from Hoan Kiem Lake to the gate of Dong Xuan Market. Unlike various other Hanoi night markets, Dong Xuan night market only operates at 18h-22h30 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

At this night market, visitors can find a wide range of popular items such as cups, plastic bowls to upper level items such as silk, brocade, from up-to-date fashion commodities and accessories to souvenirs as stuffed animals, keychains, along with fragrant food stalls along the two street sides.

4. Binh Tay Market (Ho Chi Minh City)

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Photo: i Tour Vietnam

For more than 90 years of foundation and development, Binh Tay Market still remains its position as a big commodity supplying center of the city. The market is also one of the top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to the unique architecture in Chinese ancient style, the story about Quach Dam trader and the market’s history length.

Binh Tay Market is located at 57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. It is about 8 km from Ben Thanh Market which is considered the city center. Visitors can take a taxi to reach the market, the taxi fare is about VND 16,000/km. The fare of motorbike taxi is cheaper, about VND 5,000/km Visitors can also take the Bus No.1 from Ham Nghi Bus Station – the nearest bus station to Ben Thanh Market to Cho Lon Bus Station from which is just a few minutes walk from Binh Tay Market.

It would be a big miss if visitors do not stop at food stalls in the market. A wide range of Vietnamese traditional foods are sold at the market at good prices. There is a large number of salted foods, fermented foods and pickles from seafood, vegetables, fruits. Hundreds of dried foods and spices made in Vietnam are available at hundreds of food stores.

The market is one of the must-see attractions in Saigon, it is included in many Ho Chi Minh city tours thanks to the beautiful architecture and its important role in the developing of the city for over 100 years. If you do not have enough time to shop at other places in the city, you can choose your favorite items at Binh Tay Market. Some popular products that tourists buy at the market include dried foods, fabrics, clothes and accessories.

5. Ben Thanh Market (Ho Chi Minh City)

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Photo: Day Trip Vietnam

This big and bustling market, located in the heart of the glitzy city centre, draws millions of tourists on an annual basis. Ben Thanh market houses Ho Chi Minh City’s second-largest indoor wet market, closely behind Cho Lon, which is located in District 5. It is pretty much easy to get to Ben Thanh market from anywhere in the city as the city’s public bus hub is just right in front of the market.

Literally, everything under the sun can be found here. There are up to 1500 stalls managed by 6000 merchants inside the market. Generally, Ben Thanh Market focuses on garments such as clothes, bags, shoes, etc., souvenirs and food.

Also, there is a large food centre inside the market which offers mouth-watering local Vietnamese food which is pretty much reasonably priced. A bowl of pho can cost as much as VND 60,000, while a bowl of sweet dessert is priced at VND 20,000.

Another thing to keep in mind is that since this market predominantly caters to tourists, its products are highly-priced. If you are willing to bargain, you may end up bringing home a bag that is one-fourth of the original price.

6. Nha Trang Night Market

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Photo: Culture Trip

When it comes to street markets in the popular coastal town, Nha Trang Market is hailed as the busiest of its kind. Open as early as 04:00 until 18:00 every day, local craftsmen, farmers and fishermen gather to sell an extensive array of handmade clothes, trinkets, seafood, fresh produce, and packaged goods to locals and tourists.

Also known as Dam Market, it takes place within a three-storey building with designated sections that makes it easy to navigate. Local souvenir shops are set in the front and middle sections while meat and fish stalls are located at the back. A staple in any coastal town in Vietnam is dried seafood delicacies, and you can find vacuum-sealed shrimp, seaweed, and cuttlefish at the right of the building.

You can also see numerous stalls selling counterfeit goods such as handbags, watches, sneakers and knock-off branded clothing, though most of them have the same stock. Bargaining for souvenirs is a must if you want anything approaching a fair price. This is generally the case for markets popular with tourists in Vietnam, and throughout most of Southeast Asia.

Nha Trang Market also hosts numerous food stalls, where you can enjoy popular Vietnamese dishes such as banh cuon (rolled cakes), banh xeo (crispy pancake), pho noodles, and bun cha sua (rice vermicelli with fish and jellyfish).

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