In Photos: Markets in Vietnam

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In Asia, the market is a staple in just about every community.

People go to markets to buy everything from fresh vegetables to gardening supplies; from snack foods to clothing. And, traveling around Vietnam, I had the chance to visit my fair share of markets.

Markets in Vietnam


Markets in the cities were packed and chaotic.

Market in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hue Market

Calligraphy in Saigon


Markets in the countryside were colorful — but still chaotic.

Countryside market in Vietnam

Countryside market in Vietnam

Rural market in Vietnam


All of them were full of character.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Countryside market in Vietnam

Street food in Hoi An, Vietnam


There were even floating markets at Ha Long Bay!

Ha Long Bay vendor


Regardless of which kind they are — city, countryside, or floating — markets in Vietnam are an important aspect of daily life and give you a unique glimpse into the culture of this country.

So if you head to Vietnam anytime soon, be sure to check out the local markets!


Which market photo is your favorite?



*Note: I was in Vietnam on a complimentary tour of Vietnam and Cambodia with Intrepid Travel. As always, opinions are completely my own.

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. I’ve been to Vietnam several times and I still look forward to going back there again. Your photos remind me of how much I love it there. The markets are crazy crazy crazy with aggressive vendors, but I couldn’t stay away LOL

    we just arrived Luang Prabang and we are definitely sad we left Vietnam already! Such a beautiful place to be in! And the best part is their food!

      I’m really glad you enjoyed Vietnam so much, too!

    Your photos remind me of the local markets in Hong Kong! The fresh cut seafood and poultry (displaying guts and all) at some stalls weren’t for the squeamish.

      I know what you mean! There was plenty of that in Vietnam, too!

    They are all so vibrant and colourful. Really makes for a great photo gallery. Love the flower market pic the best. It baffles me how those ladies can sit like that for long periods of time. It looks so uncomfortable.

      I’m so with you on the sitting!! Some of us tried it out – Western bodies just aren’t built for squatting like that, no matter how skinny they are!

    I didn’t expect to love Vietnam as much as I did, and the markets played a huge part in winning me over. Such a sensory experience! These photos capture that beautifully.

      I was hoping to love Vietnam, and I’m happy to say that I did!

      Glad you like the market photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amazing shots! That’s the best part on local markets – being “chaotic” ๐Ÿ™‚

      And I certainly saw some chaotic ones! The huge local market in Hue was SO INSANE and packed with people that I couldn’t even take many photos!

        Looking forward on your next post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great photos! I always try visit local markets wherever I go but I especially can’t wait to visit the markets in Southeast Asia…3 months and counting!

      They are CRAZY in SEA! But so fun to explore (so long as you aren’t too claustrophobic!).

    Just a completely different world isn’t it!

    Looking lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ And that floating market, wow ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful.

      Thanks! And yeah, floating markets are always cool.

    Oh, I miss Vietnam! These photos really stirred up some nostalgia!

      It’s such a beautiful country. I’m glad that so many other people love it, too!

    Great post. I am not sure if I could stand the chaos of the markets. I get anxiety going to organized stores. . .

      Haha, yeah, these markets might not be for you, Angela!

    Lovely photos. So colorful! As always, thanks for sharing! I’d love to see one of the floating markets one day.

    Happy travels ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks, Lauren!

      There’s a massive floating market near Bangkok that I didn’t have time to visit but definitely want to see next time!

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