Ha Long Shopping

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    Cat Ba Town
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    Floating "supermarket" in Ha Long Bay.
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  • Floating
    Floating "supermarket" in Ha Long Bay.
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    Floating shops: Only chance for snacks

    by Willettsworld Written May 15, 2010
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    When you visit the Amazing Caves (Hang Sung Sot), as it's a very busy bay full of other tourist junks, you'll see a few boats that act as floating shops. They sell snacks, biscuits, drinks, cigarettes and even fruit and vegetables. You name it, they'll probably have it but as you're far from any conventional land based shops, expect to pay that little bit extra.

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    Ha Long night market: Local lacquerware and stuffs

    by zuyao Written Dec 4, 2008

    The Ha Long night market at Bai Chay is a collection of stalls selling various Vietnamese products. Trading can be done in Dong, USD, Reminbi and even Malaysian ringgit.

    What to buy: Lacquerware, the famous Vietnam lady wooden statues, T-shirts, traditional Vietnamese dress etc. Basically souvenirs.

    What to pay: Bargain heavily! The starting price would usually be 30-40% above fair price.

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    Floating Stores

    by Etoile2B Written Dec 13, 2007

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    If you want to purchase alcohol or snacks while on your junk in Ha Long Bay, have no fear. Each evening, as the sun begins to sink on the horizon, the waters fill with “floating convenience stores”. Local woman row boats filled with goodies up to the junks and sell their wares.

    What to buy: Selections include, beer, vodka, cigarettes, potato chips, cookies and other snacks.

    What to pay: As is the case all over Vietnam, the prices aren’t set so bargain.

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    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking

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    Floating-Snacks-Store: Floating Snacks Store in Ha Long

    by dfactor Written Feb 22, 2007
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    The snacks and water bottles are neatly packed into the small boats. Never seen anything like this before. Very unique and nice.

    What to buy: Ritz, Mineral Water, Beer, Crackers, Potato Chips, Fruits, any snacks you fancy.

    What to pay: Quite expensive, a bottle big mineral water will cost you 20,000 Dong. You can get it for about 7,000 Dong on the mainland.

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    Halong night market: Vietnamese handicrafts in Halong night market

    by aukahkay Written Mar 6, 2006

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    Night market along Halong Road

    The night market in the town of Bai Chay is a collection of open air stalls that sell a wide range of traditional Vietnamese souvenirs like laquerware, chopsticks, trinklets etc. The stallholders will quote you the price in US$. You will have to bargain for the price you feel is right for the product. Offer them 50% of the quoted price in VND. If you are not satisfied with the final price offered, move on to the next stall - another stallkeeper could be willing to sell you the item at your price.

    What to buy: Lacquer plated chopsticks: if you are ethnic Chinese, these chopsticks make good souvenirs as you can use them to eat at home. Wooden chopstick containers are also available to hold the chopsticks.
    Vietnamese conical hats: the ubiquitous conical hats (non la) that Vietnamese womenfolk wear. Hang it up on the wall if you don't want to look like a clown wearing it back home
    Vietnamese dolls: dressed in the traditional Vietnamese long dress, the `Ao dai'.
    Ceramic tea sets

    What to pay: The price that you will be quoted for a set of 20 chopsticks will range from $3 - 5 depending on the design.

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    local boats selling live seafood: The freshest shopping ... ever !!

    by jenniferchin Written Jan 10, 2005

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    fresh food :-)

    This "shop" is actually a boat. We were on our boat in Ha Long bay when we came across sort of like a water-village right smack in the middle of the bay. And soon, this diminutive lady came by in her boat, selling fresh prawns, lobsters, fish, shellfish and the works.

    All you have to do is to point at what you want & tell her how much you want it and she packs it up for you. Then the cook onboard the boat will cook it for you :-)

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    Floating Fruit

    by Starsa Written Mar 28, 2008

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    There were boats that would come up to the junk boat tours selling fruit and other snacks.

    What to pay: More expensive than in town

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    Vendors in Ha Long

    by vuzu Written Aug 25, 2006

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    You will find some vendors who sell food and drink in Ha Long Bay. But, the price of their stuff are much more expensive than anywhere in Ha Long Bay.

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    sold in a rowed boat: Tid-bits - quite a wide choice

    by myspices Written Feb 11, 2006

    Quite a wide choice of tid-bits from the boat people. You can buy your drinks, chewing gums, fruits and vegetables, biscuits and snacks.

    What to pay: same price like you are getting from the sundry shops on land.

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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    Local shops

    by Ewingjr98 Written Apr 25, 2004
    Cat Ba Town

    There are a few local shops in Cat Ba Town that sell items like bottled water and beer that are much cheaper than getting these items on your tour boat or from the hotel.

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