Cho Hoi An

Cho Hoi An

The front of the Hoi An Market

Click here to listen to the sounds of the Hoi An Market

Another city, another market, I don’t want to sound like I’m not excited about the market in each new city because I love markets, but trying to distinguish one from another the more I see can be tough.  They all sell a little bit of everything and they are all very chaotic.  Hoi An was the first market that I have seen ceramics.  Just outside of Hoi An there is a small village called Thanh Ha and many of the villagers recently (1990) dug into their past and found a legacy of traditional ceramics making and brought this craft back to life.  They began creating beautiful ceramic daily ware and as the popularity grew, along with the influx of tourists, they started making additional decorative items as well.

An example of the ceramics available at the Hoi An Market

Along with the unique ceramics available at the Hoi An market, many fabrics and tailored items are available being that is what Hoi An is known for.  While you probably are better off with purchasing your clothes at tailors in the Old Town so that you can determine quality, maybe you would like some shoes made.  There are several shoe shops in the Hoi An Old Town, but you can have it done right at the market as well.  If you have trouble finding shoes that fit a visit to the Hoi An market could fix that by having a pair made just for your feet.

Have a pair of shoes made for you at the Hoi An Market

Of course any good market also sells foodstuffs and Cho Hoi An is no exception.  They had lots of noodles for sale, in particular the noodles used for the city’s trademark dish Cau Lau.  They also had large flat square noodles and many different types of rice noodles.  It seemed that many of the street vendors bought their noodles at the market, based on the quantities many of the women were buying.  I would buy my noodles at the market too, they are fresh and dried right at the vendors stall.

Noodles drying at a vendor's stall in Hoi An.

Once you have your noodles you will need some meat to go with the noodles.  It seemed that many different vendors were selling ducks for dinner.  I chuckled to myself as I saw a meeting of a seller and potential buyer at the market.  A woman was carrying four ducks and another came up to inspect the plumpness of one of the ducks to determine if she should buy.

I am not sure if she decided to buy the duck or not, but it was an interesting exchange nonetheless.  If you are looking to buy something or just observe the exchanges between buyers and sellers the Hoi An Market is definitely worth an hour of your time.

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» dad :
Jan 29, 2011

once again, photos do a great job of complimenting the text…..i assume their are “western” stores as well, are prices much more reasonable at markets and thus that is where most shop, plus freshness, variety etc……everyday remains a new experience…….be safe…..love dad

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, there are “western” style grocery stores, we have especially liked the Co-Op Mart, which is like Target they have everything, but at markets you can bargain and everything is really fresh. It’s like the difference between the Mill City Farmers Market and Rainbow Foods. Often you decide to opt for the market option as well.

» Paola :
Oct 18, 2014

Cathy Thanks! I love Vietnam!!!Lynn- The cave was so incredible, felt like it went on fvoerer! And we visited a fishing village on a bamboo boat which was also an amazing experience!Kristine I’m having the best time thanks love!

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