It would be a huge waste if you don’t wander around Ha Long Night Market to enjoy the nightlife during your wonderful holiday in Ha Long Bay. This travel guide will give the necessary information about this bustling market.
During your travel in Ha Long Bay, besides visiting famous tourist attractions, wandering around Ha Long Night Market should also be one of the top activities on your bucket list. Coming to these places, you have an opportunity to savor local cuisine, purchase special souvenirs for your loved ones, and enjoy the bustling nightlife of the bay.
1. Where is Ha Long Night Market?
- Address: Hoang Quoc Viet Street, Hung Thang Ward, Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province
- Opening hours: 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm from Friday to Sunday
Situated in the heart of Ha Long City, Ha Long Night Market (also known as Bai Chay Quang Ninh Night Market) is an extremely crowded and attractive destination for tourists. Although the market welcomes travelers from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm, the period from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm is when this market is at its most vibrant, with hundreds of visitors in a dynamic atmosphere. Ha Long Night Market covers an area of 5000 square meters with 355 large and small stalls selling all kinds of products, from souvenirs, food, clothes to Ha Long specialties.
2. What are the top dishes to enjoy at Ha Long Night Market?
Ha Long Night Market offers a plethora of delectable dishes which will undoubtedly satisfy any visitor’s taste buds. Here, there are diverse dishes from the North to the South of Vietnam, which attracts not only Vietnamese tourists but also foreigners.
2.1. Seafood dishes
Visiting Ha Long Night Market, it is highly recommended that you go to some stalls and vendors selling seafood dishes. Every dish is prepared in a variety of methods, including deep frying, pan frying, grilling, boiling, and steaming. Being served with specific sauces, the taste and aroma of seafood here are enticing. All of the vendors accept takeaway or eating directly at the booths.
2.2. Squid cake with steamed rice rolls
Squid cake with steamed rice rolls is a special dish that you cannot find anywhere else in Vietnam, but in Ha Long. Different from other Northern provinces where steamed rice rolls are eaten with pork cake, Ha Long is the only one serving this dish with chewy squid cake. After being grounded, squid cakes are molded and deep-fried until they have a golden brown color and boast an attractive aroma.
2.3. Street foods
In addition to seafood and squid cake, coming to Ha Long Night Market, you can also enjoy many other unique street snacks such as Vietnamese water drift cake, mussel porridge, Ha Long pearl yogurt, and pillow cake. In general, most of the dishes at the night market are sold at reasonable prices, making it a paradise for foodies.
3. What to buy on your shopping tour to Ha Long Night Market?
- Souvenirs and handicrafts
There are many handicrafts, necklaces, bracelets, pictures, toys, and other items for sale in Ha Long night market’s souvenir section. The majority of handicrafts sold in this night market are meticulously made from sea snail shells. A lovely keychain from Ha Long will be an excellent gift for your friends and family. Prices vary from stall to stall, from item to item, starting from 50,000 VND.
- Ha Long specialties
It is not challenging to find gifts for your family and friends while strolling through the night market’s specialty section. Some of Ha Long’s specialties that are worth mentioning are dried squid, tamarind squid, yellowstripe scad, bird’s nest, dried seahorse, and so on. Their prices vary greatly, from 50,000 VND to 1,000,000 VND.
- Brocade products
Coming to Ha Long Night Market, visitors will have opportunities to admire and purchase beautiful brocade clothes and bags in different colors and types. The average price is about 200,000 VND/product. You can also bargain with the sellers here to receive a lower price. These stalls attract the attention of a large number of tourists, especially foreigners.
4. Helpful tips for the best experience at Ha Long Night Market
Before visiting Ha Long Night Market, take note of the following:
- You should try to bargain down 30 – 40% compared to the offered prices.
- Have some knowledge to pick fresh seafood
- You should go to many different stalls to compare prices.
- You should wear comfortable shoes.
- Mind your personal belongings and valuables in the peak season
- Check the weather
5. Other renowned tourist attractions near Ha Long Night Market
- Bai Chay Old Quarter
Bai Chay Old Quarter is a special area resembling the old quarter of Hanoi and Hoi An ancient town. If you haven’t been to Hoi An or Hanoi yet, this is definitely the spot to go. With its beautiful design, unique architecture, and walking pathways, this location is popular among young local people and foreign visitors.
- Bazaar Night Market Ha Long
Bazaar Night Market covers an area of 10,014m2 with a total of 333 stalls, located at Sun Carnaval Square. The market offers a variety of items, from street food, handicrafts, to souvenirs. Tourists coming to this market will have opportunities to enjoy impressive and classy musical water performances.
- My Gia – “Western Street” of Ha Long
My Gia Western Street, located in Hon Gai area, is constructed in the style of “Colors of five continents”. This street is the convergence of the characteristics of diverse cultures around the world. Coming to this Western Street, you will feel the nostalgic vibe of Hanoi Old Quarter blending with the vibrant atmosphere of Bui Vien Western Street, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Quang Ninh Museum
Quang Ninh Museum is also an attractive destination in the Ha Long travel itinerary. From a distance, the museum looks like a mysterious black pearl located right next to the beautiful Ha Long Bay with its unique 3-story architecture. It is an ideal place for travelers who are enthusiastic about the history and development of Quang Ninh Province.
Besides Ha Long Night Market and the places mentioned above, Ha Long has many other must-visit tourist attractions such as Ti Top Beach, Bai Tu Long Bay, Tuan Chau Island, Hon Gai Beach, and Poem Mountain. During your trip to Ha Long bay, tourists should choose a good place to stay to enjoy the trip to the fullest. Among numerous accommodations in Ha Long, it is highly recommended that you choose Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long to stay on your trip.
It is worth noting that Vinpearl Resort & Spa Ha Long is a unique resort in Northern Vietnam constructed entirely on the sea. The resort captivates customers’ hearts with its three private beaches, immensely green campus, and huge outdoor swimming pool. Staying here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy high-class facilities, relax your body in Vincharm Spa, and have wonderful dining experiences at 5-star restaurants.
Ha Long Night Market is a paradise for food lovers and shopaholics thanks to the wide variety of exquisite dishes and appealing products. Visitors will be drawn to this location by delectable seafood dishes, well-processed dried food, and colorful souvenirs.