Hanoi Night Market
14 March, 2009
The night market in Hanoi takes up a street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and on initially inspection, is not too dissimilar to the markets we visited in Ho Chi Minh. There are the familiar sights of various stalls stuffed with goods such as soft toys, gadgets, clothing items and little sculptures.
However, I hadn't seen these face items before. I had no idea what they were for and unfortunately didn't ask.
After browsing for awhile, its clear that the market is for locals but also for tourists as an added bonus (vendors probably inflate prices for tourists). Guards stop motorcyclists from entering the markets on their bikes so its a pleasant stroll for families and young couples alike who seem to often pause to chat, giving much more of a social vibe to the place. There are plenty of shops and stalls selling snacks as well as non-editable items, that seem to encourage this.
Vendors vary from the permanent shops whose open fronts encourage passerbys to enter, to the portable cafes, whose owners cart to a plot, along with a stack of plastic, mini chairs, now familiar to us across Vietnam's streets.
One interesting looking shop selling preserved fruits (I couldn't believe how many varieties there were!) had a particularly enticing display topping their bowls of preserves with animals and characters created from the products.
On her quest to eat Vietnam, Linh had to consume something, opting for a small tub of cut fruit pieces with ice and a freshly pressed sugar cane drink (served in a plastic bag..).
Culture. Shopping. Tourism. Vietnam.
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