Top markets to visit in Vietnam

Top markets to visit in Vietnam and Cambodia and why

From rickety wooden boats bobbing on the river to concrete shops inside five-storied malls, the many markets of South East Asia are its pride and glory. While you’ll find a market at every other street, the markets listed here have USPs that make them extra special. 

Hoi An's Central Market, Vietnam for the silk tailoring

The first thing you will notice when you set foot here are the colours and the abundance of it, the sounds and the smells. Hoi An’s Central Market is one of the most colourful of Vietnam markets.

Stocked with aromatic spices, bright coloured vegetables and a variety of Vietnamese food, the market is a riot of colours.

The highlight of the market, however, is the silk tailoring section. You’ll find the cheapest silk tailoring in all of Hoi An along with a range of Asian silks and fabrics.      
Hoi An Markets

Floating markets of Cai Rang, Vietnam for its scale

The Cai Rang floating market of Vietnam is the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. This massive market, made up of scores of boats bobbing up and down the burnished brown waters of the Mekong, is over a 100 years old.

Set out early in the morning on a boat and stop by the breakfast boats for steaming hot Vietnamese food or by a beverages boat for delicious local coffee or even a cold beer. Most boats will have items on sale prominently displayed at the top of a long upright bamboo stick to tell you exactly what’s on offer on each boat.

Peddling everything from farm fresh fruits and vegetables to lottery tickets, this waterborne market is a true enigma. 
Floating Market in Vietnam

Phnom Penh's Central Market Cambodia for the street food

The largest market in the Cambodian capital, Phsar Thmei or the Central Market was originally built in 1937 and boasts one of the largest domes in Asia, a remnant of its French colonial past.

The large dome provides shoppers with shelter from both the heavy rain and the harsh sun. The airy interior of the building is full of shops selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and even pedicures, and haggling is expected.

The Central Market is also a great place to get a taste of Cambodia’s tropical fruits and its delicious local cuisine. 
Central Market Phnom Penh

Angkor Night Marketfor unique souvenirs

From ancient temples to breathtaking natural wonders, Cambodia is bursting with iconic tourist attractions. After you’ve spent the whole day exploring them, head to the coolest of the Cambodia markets, the Angkor Night Market.

Leather carving, rice-art painting, silk products, hand painted t-shirts, Khmer kroma scarves, and a variety of flavoured Sombai liquor are just some of the amazing local souvenirs you can expect to take home from here.

And when the shopping gets all too exhausting, the Island Bar, with its big thatched roof and open-air ambiance will perk you right up. 
Siem Reap Night Market

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