Looking for the best bargains on materials and dressmaking but afraid of aggressive sellers? Check out this guide to navigating the Hoi An Cloth Market.
Hoi An Markets
At the heart of many a town’s culture is its central market, and Hoi An is no exception. To some, a morning spent traipsing around stacks of material and pungent foodstuffs is an ideal excursion; to others, markets are their idea of hell. But if you’re interested in a slice of real ‘Hoi An’ life, and of joining the locals in their search for the freshest produce, you’ve got to play the market game.
Hoi An Central Market is the granddaddy of the town’s markets, in terms of scale and the sheer quantity of local and foreign visitors it receives.
Hoi An is world-renowned for its cuisine and with the sea just a few miles from downtown, it’s unsurprising that seafood is a mainstay on most menus. Hoi An Fish Market in Tranh Hà is where most of those delicious fishy things that end up on your dinner plate are bought and sold.
Noi Rang Market
At least an umpteen-thousand tourists visit Hoi An every year. And rightly so – for it is truly one of the world’s most beautiful towns. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to escape the crowds and get some genuine local exposure.
Unsurprisingly for a town so famous for its food, Hoi An has a good selection of marketplaces. Each has a distinct flavour, Tiger Market is no different with the added seasoning of a little bit of local folklore thrown in.
Ba Le Market
For the uninitiated, entering any wet market in Vietnam is a formidable undertaking. Nostrils must be pre-prepared, eyeballs readied and shock detectors re-calibrated. Ba Le Market in Hoi An is no different but it does provide a much more relaxed alternative to the other markets in town. Bring your sense of humor because Ba Le is banter as well as barter central.
For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lanterned charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet (across the river from Hoi An Old Town) provides a large array of inexpensive souvenirs and snacks from which to choose.