“Chợ” is not only a nice place to learn about Vietnam colorful culture but also the beautiful tradition passed down from generation. And again, as an enthusiastic traveler, let make sure to check out these market below in your Vietnam tour.
1. Chợ làng nghề – Craft market
This kind of market connect closely to the craft villages which is silently protect the traditional beauty of the nation by remaining and developing the ancient art of handiwork. In addition, these peaceful place are supposed to be the ideal destination for one who are looking for an escape from the hustling bustling pace of the modern place. In fact, the majority of the craft villages locate in the country where people live in harmony with the nature and pursue such a slow living style.
From south to north, though there are remain not too many traditional villages but they are still always the most magnetic features of a country rich in history and tradition. As the most stand out spot, if in the center is featured with many conical hat villages, the southwestern region is famous for a lot of matte villages. But talking about the legendary craft market, only Dinh Yen matte market in Dong Thap province and Go Gang conical hat in Binh Dinh province became the symbolic trait in the nationwide.
Then if you have any chance to visit these place, don’t forget to visit and experience this exotic charm. By participating in a “midnight market” like that, you are supposed to get closer to the rustic and simple side of this country. Do you know why “midnight market” or “early morning market”? Just because they are held only after the midnight and all trading activities drowned in the dark of the night but the ambiance is still amazing…
2. Chợ phiên – weekend market
Another special market that you can find nowhere else other than Vietnam is weekend market. It’s not just a place for trading activities but also a playground where ethnic people come to enjoy themselves. Once you visit a weekend market you will be amazed by its fascinating beauty and lively ambiance. And if you are intend to get closer to the slow life of the residents and discover the magnetic gastronomy, you definitely check visit such a place at least once.
From Bac Ha fair at Lao Cai province, Quyet Tien at Ha Giang, Ta Sin Thang at Dien Bien to Dao San at Lai Chau… all can broaden your mind with the typical lifestyle and ancient traditions of the northwestern Vietnam but after all Can Cau weekend market stand out to be the highlight of the region or even the nationwide. That’s actually the biggest buffalo “trading floor” which attract many ethnic groups such as Dzay, Flower Hmong… and even Chinese coming from the other side of the border.
Just like others weekend market, Can Cau or well-known as Si Ma Cai market is a nice place to learn about the colorful culture of the residents. As a matter of fact, from the very first sight you will be impressed by the bustling rhythm in the small market where people sale anything from agriculture products from traditional handicrafts, from homemade wine to delicious specialties…
“Chợ” is somehow the mirror reflecting the colorful culture of Vietnam so let go don’t underestimate such a place where you can experience much more than you expected. Come and see!