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Chau Long Market

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Chau Long Market is a great example of an everyday Hanoi wet market. Come early for the full experience, or a little later in the morning for a more relaxed wander.

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Chau Long is a traditional wet market, selling predominantly (very) fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Despite the growth of supermarkets, most Vietnamese still do the bulk of their shopping at wet markets, either at covered places like Chau Long, or less permanent streetside set-ups.

Keeping it real. Photo taken in or around Chau Long Market, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Keeping it real. Photo: Samantha Brown

The environment is dark and wet, and you will need to keep your eyes peeled to dodge the motorbikes zipping along the narrow aisles, but it’s also atmospheric, eye-opening and educational. In one tucked away corner you'll find a few workers cleaning and prepping frogs, day in, day out. You'll find freshly plucked chooks and ducks, an array of seafood, and all kinds of meat cuts, along with colourful fruit and veggies. Stalls brim with groceries such as noodles rice, oils and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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