Street Vendors, Hanoi
On the doorstep of my hotel there is the weekend night market, great place to look for bargains.. I was able to buy the 2 handmade embroidered bags for only 90,000 dong. Of course its after a long bargaining as initial price is 120,000 for the 2.
The seller are an old couple, they dont have their own booth, only on a cloth placed on the streets, with their bags and they dont speak English, since I dont speak Vietnamese either, we bargain with calculator , LOTS OF SMILES and a lot of facial expression. :-)
Its one of the best deals that Ive got, as on some of the stalls at the night market, one bag is selling at 100,000 each, goodness how I wish I bought more. :-)
Night market / local market is always a great introduction to the local culture...
Dress Code: hide your camera, as its a testament that you are a tourist, and almost automatically increase the price by X times.
street smarts, there are some petty crimes, pick pockets since lots of people..
So much of local specialities in the night market that you really need a bigger belly to stomach them.....
Cheap and tasty is how i describe the snacks and small eats in the night market. Don't worry, non of us had any stomach upset after consuming them.
To go with your beer have a snack freshly cooked at your stool by one of the many street vendors. They carry around a small pot of burning charcoal and a basket of thinly sliced dried meat and fish. When you ask for something - I had the fish (I think) - they fan up the charcoal and put the meat directly on it for a couple of minutes and serve it with a small bowl of spicy dip.
The place where all the locals are out and so as well as the tourists is at the Ta Hien street area. There you can see very crowded street bars where mostly groups of young Vietnamese having a drink (not always alcoholic) and enjoying good evening together. It is always noisy & crowded, but it is part of the fun and must experience while visiting Hanoi.
Dress Code: Everything allowed...