Central Market, Hoi An

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Tempt your tastebuds at Central Market, a traditional Vietnamese market nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Arrive at the break of dawn to watch local fisherman haul their catch out of the water and into the market, offering some of the freshest seafood in the downtown area. You can see fresh produce, livestock, and silks dotted across colorful, noisy stalls, with vendors enthusiastically pushing their wares. Browse several stalls before choosing your purchase, and be sure to to bargain hard--vendors inflate prices for out-of-towners. Put Central Market and other Hoi An attractions into our Hoi An trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It's beautiful, the herbs, the colors, the fruits, the fish, the noise, the smells, the diversity. We enjoyed ourselves for 8 days, not a day without a market! I am more circumspect for some shops around the market. I had read one day on a blog the commentary of a Franco-Vietnamese a little annoyed because the author of the blog had allowed some remarks about the spirit of the street trade in Vietnam. The vexed girl advanced with confidence that we, Westerners, do not know how to appreciate her country of heart and its inhabitants to their righteous values, that we spend our time complaining, that we always felt cheated and knew absolutely nothing of the traumas of the past which according to it explains in part the behaviors of the present, etc. In short the defensive blabla and moraliser psycho-socialo-culturo-humanist usual when one allows the slightest remark, inappropriate or too fast comparison, or simply when we have a different point of view. OK, thank you very much, but none of this when we travel. We base ourselves in the scenery and fully accept all the rules, implicit and explicit, of the host country, do not judge anything, try to understand a maximum the population and its traditions. We are, at last we are trying to be, what we could call attentive tourists, rather generous, kindly naïve and flowing, not looking at the details. It is customary that I pay more than the premises? Ok. I'm considered richer? OK (which is probably wrong in many cases, no matter). The negotiation corresponds, once the conversion in euros made, to a few cents? OK, still agree, I offer these pennies and do not negotiate until the laughable. OK for everything, these are the customs, I adapt. I had just bought a knife to mince cabbage and a carrot effiler (yes I know, bold the boy) and the salesgirl asked me 100 000 dongs (3.85 euros). I posed 100 000 dongs. I found the price so fair, honest, that the very idea of negotiating seemed to me to be quite absurd. Further I wanted to buy a jewelry box lacquered (specialty). The salesgirl Announces 350 000 dongs. I propose to him 200 000. Indignant gaze, offended limit, categorical refusal. OK, aborted negotiation, it happens, I leave quietly, with the smile I precise, from the shop. There she tells me OK for 200 000. Except this time I say no, it's too late now, you had to seize his chance at the right time as I was willing to pay 200 000 dongs while I knew for a fact that 100 000 would do the trick too. I leave and she decocks the numbers: 180 000, 150 000, 100 000... 50 000. Stop! I kindly explain to her that if she had had the honest behavior of the Lady with the cabbage knife, she would be cashing 200 000 dongs instead of nothing at all. And then it explodes: "you do not know my life, you do not know my past, what right you give me a lesson in morality and everything and everything. Brief the pseudo psycho-culturo-humanist guilt usual in ex-colonizer/ex-colonized relations. None of that, Ma'am. Just the need and envy of a human relationship (and commercial in this case) normal, simple, honest, healthy, transparent, trusting. Finally something where I'm not continually the ham. A sort of intermediate attitude between the acceptance of the game of negotiation and its extreme: to be taken for a c.. You know what I mean?
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  • Beautiful works, nice atmosphere I have been here so many times. From early morning until the evening, the market is always busy. This is very typically Vietnamese way go to buy foods, daily stuff for...  more »
  • We walked through the market To get a taste of the local flavor and smell of the local foods. It’s actually one of my favorite things to do when traveling in developing countries.  more »
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  • Any and everything you need. I bought drip coffee makers and graters which can make those papaya salads I love so much. The food looked great though I didn’t try any. Dont be shy to bargain!
  • come here if you want to try local food during the day, you will find a lot of fruits and delicious food to eat and cheap.
  • This place had some of my favorite foods of the trip! I loved the Pho I had here. IT was so good I had to go back. The coffee was amazing too. Everything was clean. Best place to eat in Hoi An! For more of my travels I post photos on ig @travelelsewhere
  • Touristy place. You can find more honest vendors in other markets around Hoi An
  • A place you have to be in Hoi An! Bought good cheap black pepper! And had a good Wonton
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