Shopping Places in Halong
Shopping can be an enjoyable activity for anyone and in Halong, many forms of markets have developed since the beginning of Vietnamese culture. While recently Shopping malls have built up a lot in Halong and become a part of the locals, but with a traditional market where many useful tools for your trip can be bought easily, fresh fishes that have just been hooked out of the water and still waving its fins. Besides, you can see and be in the daily life of the locals which is more unusual than your normal standard.
First and foremost is the floating markets in Halong
The kermises - a famous market type in Halong hotel where people sell fruits, freshly and raw food, swiss army knives, clothes, sandals, clothes and much more with inexpensive prices. This market is held at every mostly in the morning and people often choose the ports to sell their merchandises, if your cruise stops at those ports, you may have a chance to interact with Halong floating markets and standing on the wobble boats, trying hard to pick some goodies. Isn’t it make you smile? But before taking a trip to visit all the open markets in Halong Bay, Checking the weather and ideal times to visit Halong Bay is recommended.
The second that worth to mention is flea market
No, there isn't flea here, it’s just a name and the history is originated from poor people’s market in the 1880s of Paris), the type of most popular market in Vietnam. For those who want to take courses by yourself, so this is the place and mostly good food comes from here. Flea Market in Halong is the purest form of Vietnamese cultures here and also the most animated place that you can see people are always bargaining for everything they buy.
You will be impressed by how meticulous people are, they spend the time to choose every single piece of meat or fruits. If some Vietnamese friends go along, they will show you how to choose a fresh meat or sweet fruits from just the meat’s appearance or by knocking the rinds off the watermelons. The process of choosing good materials to have the best meals which are the unique activity that can only happen in Vietnam.
In addition, there’s another type of market that only occur in the nights of Halong or very early morning which is called Cho Dem (literally: Night market). The place that held Night market is at Bai Chay beach and starts from 6.00 p.m to the midnight, it's perfectly suit for someone whom are seeking quiet meals beside at the beach after a short trip to explore halong city at night
Overall, this place can have anything you need with half price of the day market, but what impressed me the most is the specialties. Halong Night Market has attracted numerous of tourists because its scurry atmosphere. You can find a food store that has the view of the sea and enjoy the bowls with the sound of waves
While the traditional markets can make you more enjoyable with rural life in Vietnam, the shopping centers bring you more dynamic and modern life of Halong including palpitate recreations
Sun World Park is the first one I suggest because it has some top-notch games of Asia, such as the most signature 215 meters Sun Wheel where at the top of it, you can see the whole view of the sea, another one is Queen cable car that holds 2 Guinness records for its 133 meters height and 2 kilometers long, gliding from one to the other side of the sea.
Samurai sliding will bring you the most exhilarating feeling at this park, the curves, the drops, the excavating height and also forgot to mention about water joys in Vinh Loc Xoay (Vortex Bay)
Besides, the newly Vincom Center Halong which is the largest shopping centers in Quang Ninh province has some extraordinary extravaganzas what you can easily spot distinct features such as skiing stadium, cinemas theater, arcade games world, many popular fashions, perfumes brands.
But If you want to find a place where all essences of Halong city concentrate, you should look for Halong Marine Plaza, the heaven of shopping, cuisines, entertainments, and celebrations. What you find out about this place is not only the vastness and elegant designs but also the water world and beach. The annual carnival and music concerts choose Halong Marine Plaza to take place, so this is where the fun begins.
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