Cho Dam: Nha Thrang Market

Cho Dam: Nha Thrang Market

Markets, markets, markets, every city has one and each seems to specialize in something a little bit different even though they sell everything under the sun.  Nha Thrang’s market sells lots of pearls and cheap.  I couldn’t resist purchasing a pair of pearl earrings myself.  The strands come in all different shapes, sizes and colors.  Bargaining is a must as they will typically be willing to settle for at least a 25% discount from the marked price.

Pearls for sale at the Nha Thrang market for "good price" as they kept telling me.

The Dam (Vietnamese word for swamp) Market seemed more like a circular shopping mall in the western world.  The fruit, vegetable, fish, and meat venders all had their stalls along the outside perimeter of the market.  Inside, most of the clothing, textiles, and tailors rimmed the second floor and overlooked the lower level. Tiled aisles spoking outward from the center area where there was a small fountain were lined with well-organized stalls and brightly lit displays of anything and everything one would expect.  They stocked everything from household items to fine jewelry, like the pearls that I mentioned above. Groceries, appliances, hardware, souvenirs, and motorbike parts were all concentrated in their own ‘departments’.

Above is an example of the watch and sunglasses “department.”  Any type of watch or sunglasses you want and lots of knock offs from Timex to Rolex.

Being close to the ocean the Nha Thrang market also seemed to sell a lot of shells at small kitschy stalls geared towards tourists.  We opted not to purchase any shells to lug around for the next several months.

Another item we found only in Nha Thrang were these large lobsters in a box, presumably to be brought home and displayed.  I am not sure exactly who buys these, but someone must because every stall geared towards tourists sells them.  I would recommend paying a visit to the Nha Thrang market not for the lobsters in a box, but for the pearls.

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» dad :
Jan 16, 2011

morning…when we were in Beijing, we too experienced pearls everywhere…trying to tell the knockoffs from the real deal to pop it beads was indeed a challenge…..my weird idea of the day is “travel dirt’…what if you collected 10 grains of sand/substances from your locales/visits and had it cast/molded/created into a unique, obviously one of a kind jewelry piece upon your return, thinking a peace symbol pin or some such….be safe love you dad

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