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Shopping in Halong

Shopping in Halong is not as diversified as that in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. However, what is actually available can turn out to be interesting. In Halong, souvenirs are offered more than usually found elsewhere. The traditional souvenirs can be found there include lacquer plated chopsticks, ceramic tea sets, the ubiquitous conical hats (nón lá) that Vietnamese womenfolk wear, silk fabric, silk artifacts and crafts, or the traditional Vietnamese long dress, known locally as the “Áo dài”. If you are planning for a short shopping trip, here are some suggestions:

Night Market in Bai Chay

One of the markets that worth your visit is situated in Bai Chay. The market is opened at night as well. It has kiosks full of interesting knick knacks sold at reasonable prices. Despite the reasonable price, you should so some bargain through to get your favorite items at the best price. It makes sense to offer half of what the shopkeepers quote initially. If they do not agree to use the age-old trick, try walking ahead to some other kiosks. Chances are the shopkeeper will call you back offering the price you suggested.

Floating Markets - Local boats filled with fruits and snacks

In Halong, you may find floating boat carrying lots of fruits and snacks. It is interesting to drop into one of these and take your snacks! On such little boats, you are served whatever you like - chips, beer, seafood, sweets and more. Some of these offer a unique way of enjoying seafood where the fish is caught right in front of your eyes and then cooked to perfection in the sauce you want. It’s definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Souvenir shops

Kiosks, shops, drinks and other services are available at the visitor sites, such as: at the entry of Thiencung Grotto, Daugo Cave, Titov Beach, Soisim Island and Sung sot Cave. Similar services may be available on tourist boats. There you can also buy basic food and drinks for your trip.

If you are spending several days in Halong, try to follow several addresses collected below since they are the most well-know shopping places in Halong:

Hạ Long I Market

Address Bạch Đằng, TP Hạ Long

 

Vườn Đào Market

Address phố Anh Đào, Bãi Cháy, TP Hạ Long

 

Quảng Ninh Trade Centre

Address 158 Lê Thánh Tông, Bạch Đằng

 

Hồng Gai Trade Centre

Address Hạ Long I Square, Bạch Đằng

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