For a long time, night markets have been familiar places with Vietnamese people from rural areas to urban ones, where people come to buy necessary things for their life at a far cheaper cost than any markets in the day. The image that women or men with stalls such as vegetables, meat, fish, etc gather in markets late at night or in the early morning may not be strange with a lot of Vietnamese generations.
Nowadays, when there is a development in tourism, a lot of night markets have been widened or opened for tourism purposes. Below are the top 10 must-visit Vietnam night markets which are really famous and near attractive destinations in provinces from the north to the south of Vietnam for your reference.
1. Ky Lua Night Market
Ky Lua Night Market may be one of the oldest Vietnam night markets that exist until now. Ky Lua night market is located in Lang Son province, a border province in the north of Vietnam, where many ethnic minorities live.
This night market has existed for more than one hundred years in Lang Son. In the past, it was not only simply a market opened by the month where the locals brought their goods to exchange with each other but it was also called a love market where the young from ethnic minorities came to find love.
Nowadays, the night market becomes a bustling trade center of Lang Son province, where there are not only Vietnamese people but also the Chinese bringing goods to exchange. It is also opened every day to provide necessary goods to people and for tourism purposes. When coming there, you will immerse yourself in Vietnamese ethnic minority cultural spaces such as Lung, Tay, Dao, and so on and majestic mountain nature sceneries. You can find colorful handmade products made by ethnic women such as brocade fabric, brocade clothes, small pretty boxes made by brocade fabric, etc, or a lot of strange specialties of the locals that you can only find at the night market.
- Location: Hoang Van Thu Street, Lang Son City, Lang Son Province, Vietnam
- Opening hour: daily open from 06:00 am to 11:00 pm
2. Sapa Night Market
Sapa is a popular destination with many tourists both domestic visitors and foreigners when coming to Vietnam. Sapa does not only have its reputation for the natural beauty of the scenery, the special climate similar to countries in the temperate area but it is also famous for colorful night markets with a lot of featured specialties and interesting nightlife activities.
Sapa night market is regarded as one of the most attractive colorful Vietnam night markets that tourists should visit if having a chance to come to Sapa. There are many handmade products selling there such as brocade, bamboo flute, silver necklace, etc. All of them are made by ethnic people and sold at affordable prices. In addition, the unique culinary space in the market is a factor attracting a lot of tourists as well. You can try typical dishes of the locals especially meat stew kitchen – a very well-known dish of northwestern people.
- Location: Sapa Town, Sapa City, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours: every Fri, Sat, Sun from 16:00 am to 22:00 am
3. Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is one of three renowned night markets in Hanoi that is very popular with tourists. The market has just been in operation since Hanoi walking street started opening. The market contains about 30 stalls with many types of goods sold.
In Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market, tourists are able to buy pretty small souvenirs as presents for relatives or try famous street food such as banh mi, fruit beams, skewers, sweet soups, etc. The location of the market is in Hanoi Old Quarter next to Hoan Kiem Lake. You can visit the Old Quarter on foot and choose Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market as a stop to rest before discovering other destinations near Hoan Kiem Lake.
The market is only open on the weekend from Friday night to Sunday night but always crowded with tourists and rapidly becomes a familiar place for the locals at the weekend as well.
- Location: Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm
4. Dong Xuan Night Market
Dong Xuan Market and Ben Thanh Market are two famous markets usually called the symbols of the two biggest cities in Vietnam – Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City. In the past, Dong Xuan Market was the most bustling market in Hanoi, where small traders from the northern provinces brought their goods to exchange. Nowadays, Dong Xuan Market is still the biggest wholesale market in Hanoi opening every day both in the day and night where people can find anything they want at a large amount and the cheapest prices.
Dong Xuan Night Market is only opened at the weekend for tourism purposes. The market is located in the Old Quarter too, near Long Bien bridge; therefore, tourists can choose Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market or Dong Xuan Night Market to be the rest to have dinner. In Dong Xuan Night Market, besides trying street food that is sold in many stalls that you can find easily on the streets, you can see the usual life of the locals to discover more about Vietnamese people and culture.
- Location: Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Opening hours: from 06:00 pm to 01:00 am every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
5. Quang Ba Flower Market
Another night market in Hanoi is Quang An Flower Market. Compared with Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market and Dong Xuan Night Market, Quang Ba Flower Market is not as popular and crowded as, but it is still worth trying because you can find an elegant beauty of Hanoi when coming to the flower market.
Similar to its name, Quang Ba Flower Market is a market specializing in flowers, opening from midnight to 03:00 am every day on Quang Ba street, a street next to the West Lake. Traders from famous flower villages in Hanoi such as Tay Tuu village, Nhat Tan village, or from other provinces will bring their flowers to the market to distribute everywhere in Hanoi. Flowers sold in the market are diverse depending on seasons but always fresh.
Especially at the end of the year, the market is open both day and night and is always crowded with people going shopping for Tet holiday. In the past, for Vietnamese people during the Lunar New Year, we have a habit of buying flowers to decorate our house to welcome a new year. If you have a chance to visit Hanoi at that time, you should visit the market to see flowers typical for Lunar New Year in Vietnam such as peach blossom, yellow apricot flower, and so on.
- Location: 238 Au Co Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
6. Hoi An Night Market
Hoi An Night Market is a popular destination for tourists when visiting Hoi An. Although Hoi An night market is just more than 100 meters long on Nguyen Hoang street, from opening it rapidly becomes a famous check-in place for tourists and the locals, a familiar image of the old town.
Hoi An night market makes an impression on tourists at first sight by the sparkling colorful beauty from colorful lantern strings, small pretty souvenirs, numerous delicious dishes of the provinces in Central Vietnam such as Bun Bo Hue, Banh Canh, Com Ga Hoi An, Banh Beo, Banh Mi, etc. Sometimes, there are small performances in Hoi An Night Market where tourists can enjoy traditional songs performed by the locals.
- Location: Nguyen Hoa Street, Hoi An Old Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours: daily open from 05:00 pm to11:00 pm
7. Nha Trang Night Market
Nha Trang is a very popular destination with tourists, one of the most beautiful beach cities in Vietnam even in the world. In addition to long white sandbanks, clean blue water sea every season, romantic beaches, Nha Trang also makes an impression on tourists by the hospitality of the locals, the regional specialties, and bustling night markets. One of the most popular night markets in Nha Trang is the night market on Tran Phu street.
Like other night markets, there are many beautiful souvenir shops selling pretty souvenirs to buy as presents in Nha Trang Night Market. Besides, because Nha Trang is a beach city, street food made from fresh seafood is sold there, so you can discover the local cuisine freely at a very cheap price. However, there is an important note for tourists, especially the foreign that you should bargain with the seller before deciding to buy anything.
- Location: 46 Tran Phu Street, Loc Tho Ward, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours: daily open from 05:00 pm to 11:30 pm
8. Da Lat Night Market – Am Phu Market
For many Vietnamese people, Da Lat is the most romantic beautiful destination that they must visit in their life or many couples choose Da Lat as an ideal place for their honeymoon or to take wedding photos.
Da Lat is located on Lam Vien Highland belonging to Lam Dong Province in Central Vietnam. At the height of 1500 meter from the sea level, the climate in Da Lat is cool, the atmosphere is clean and pleasant all year round. This climate is suitable for growing some cold country plants such as strawberries.
Besides familiar destinations that have made names for Da Lat such as Tuyen Lam Lake, Love Valley, Datanla Waterfall, and so on, there are many new destinations attracting many tourists and one of them is Am Phu Market.
Am Phu Market is an old night market in Da Lat but recently it has been extended and developed for tourism purposes. The name “Cho Am Phu” – “Hell Market” came from the past when there were no electrical lights and sellers in the market used oil lamps instead. The market usually opened from midnight to the early morning when there was much fog so the light from oil lamps created bright light spots that felt very mysterious and frightful.
Nowadays, Am Phu Market is developed to be one of the most attractive Vietnam night markets. When coming to the market, you can buy many pretty gifts for your relatives, try street food or local specialties. In particular, you had better taste salad there which is made of delicious fresh vegetables grown in Da Lat (Da Lat is one of the most important biggest fresh vegetable providing places in Vietnam).
- Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 1, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Hanoi
- Opening hours: daily open from 07:00 pm to 03:00 am
9. Ben Thanh Night Market
If you visit Ho Chi Minh city, you should not miss Ben Thanh Night Market (plus with Ben Thanh day market), one of the most famous Vietnam night markets.
Ben Thanh Night Market is the biggest bustling wholesale market in Ho Chi Minh City. Visiting the market, firstly you will be overwhelmed with the huge number of goods being sold there. Secondly, you will be surprised by the affordable prices of goods. In addition, you are also able to taste diverse street food in the market. It is really worth spending a whole night discovering Ben Thanh Night Market.
- Location: 13 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Opening hours: daily open from 07:30 pm to 11:00 pm
10. Bach Dang Night Market – Phu Quoc
Bach Dang Night Market is a not-to-miss place for anyone who once visits Phu Quoc. Before 2016, there was another famous night market in Phu Quoc named Dinh Cau Night Market; however, this market was closed and Bach Dang Night Market replaced instead.
Bach Dang Night Market is very renowned for its fresh seafood. The market contains more than 100 stalls and separated into two areas. The first area specializes in street food, tasty dishes made of fresh kinds of seafood, and local specialties such as Phu Quoc fish sauce, and the second is the souvenir area.
If you would like to find a place to have dinner or relax at night or buy presents for families, Bach Dang Night Market will also be an ideal destination.
- Location: Duong Dong Street, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
- Opening hours: daily opening 24 hours