Explore Long Bien Market - the largest agricultural night market in Hanoi
In the daily life of ordinary Vietnamese people, since ancient times, markets have been formed in all parts of the country with various forms of market arrangement and meetings. In addition to the daily basic necessities, the market is an indispensable destination for housewives in particular, and above all, Long Bien market also brings spiritual values to the Vietnamese land - a culturaly dynamic nuance of Hanoi life. And when you have the opportunity to visit the capital land, it is Long Bien night market that you should not put out of your intinerary. This place is a unique feature of Hanoi busy city life that Whatsup Vietnam is so excited to introduce to you.
Long Bien Market has its location belonging to Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. This market is located in close proximity to Long Bien Bridge, connecting with Tran Nhat Duat Street. This is a very favorable location for trade according to Feng Shui belief. The reason why it is called Long Bien market obviously lies in its location, which is right at the foot of the historic Long Bien bridge - a witness of the ups and downs of Hanoi capital through the unforgetable and heroic 20th century. Long Bien Market, established in 1992, is one of the largest wholesale markets in Hanoi even to these days. It has the total area of over 27,000 m2 specializing in providing fruits, agricultural products and seafood. When you come here, you will be put under great impression at the sight of hundreds of stalls of vegetables, tubers, fruits of all kinds. Every day, the market attracts thousands of small businesses and tourists who come to purchase and and sell goods.
Long Bien Market is known as the cheapest night market for vegetables and fruits in Hanoi. This is also a wholesale place from which the goods are bought in bulk before travelling around to other smaller markets in Hanoi city. Long Bien Market offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, according to the season and the most amazing thing is that it operates mainly at night. The market usually witnesses the meetings from 10pm to the next morning regardless of rain or shine. However, the busiest time is from 0am to 2am, when small and large trucks carrying fruit products from orchards in neighboring provinces or from the Central and the South of Vietnam, travelling from the border gates to the market. On coming here in the summer, you will easily buy fruits such as mango, watermelon, plum, toad, guava, bean, apple, jackfruit, mangosteen, avocado, lychee, longan, etc., and in wintry season, the market is flooded with oranges, grapefruit, pomegranate, bananas, persimmons for you to choose freely. Because it is a wholesale market, it is a trading area mainly for small traders and retail buyers who make purchases in big quantity.
Gobackpacking magazine once ranked Long Bien market in the list of top 5 most interesting markets in Southeast Asia. Although doing trade for all kinds of goods, Long Bien Market is best known as an outdoor wholesale fruits market. The hectic and bustling night image of Long Bien market has always become one of the most typical features of Hanoi life since the past times . Every day, no matter what it is summer or winter, it rains or stops, at right 10 pm the market starts to awake from its “day sleep”. Different from the usual daytime sight of the retailing market scenes, Long Bien night market welcomes dozens of trucks every day, bringing tons of vegetables and fruits. When the trucks followed each other into the market, it is also the time when the sound of each seller or trader calling others, rises. Because the market mostly operates at night, the lifestyle of the people here has to change to adapt to it.
Long Bien Night Market is a wholesale market, so if you want to buy goods, you must buy in a large enough quantity (about 3kg or more). Prices of items will be listed by each type for easy identification by customers. Since this is a wholesale market, the food will be very diverse in terms of suppliers, before buying, you should carefully study the origin and quality of products so that you are able to choose the most fresh, delicious and guaranteed agricultural products.
Once you’ve come to Long Bien market, you would feel the special things that no other place can offer. You can engage yourself in the flow of people to buy and sell, choose for yourself the freshest produces. Or you can ruminate and feel the poetic things yourself. It is the fresh colorful vegetables and fruits stalls, the familiar sounds of life such as the laughters of the merchants, the informal conversations of the laborers working in the market in the middle of the night, along with the railway train whistles – all of these will absolutely bring a memorable experience to you.
Means to move to Long Bien market
You can easily move here by many different means of transportation:
If traveling by personal means, you should move across Tran Nhat Duat str. and turn to Long Bien market. You can also call a Taxi or Motorbike taxi.
If you go by bus, you are supposed to take the following routes, which have stops near this area: 01, 04, 14, 15, 22, 24, 34.47A, 47B, 55 ... with the ticket price of only 7,000 VND. More specifically, visitors can download the app “Tìm Buýt” or use google map to search for the most appropriate route from your current location.
Unique dishes near Long Bien market
Noodle soup with colocasia gigantea - 360 Ngoc Lam, Long Bien
Bun Met - 160 Ngoc Lam, Long Bien
Chago Milk Tea - Chago Tea & Café - 346, Nguyen Van Cu, Long Bien
Ice-cream with coconut & sticky rice - Thai Siam - 244 Nguyen Van Cu, Long Bien
Fermented spring rolls, fish & chips - 267 Ngoc Lam, Long Bien
Banh Mi Chao U Sinh - No. 41, Alley 42, Sai Dong, Long Bien
Bread flour cake - 243 Ngoc Lam, Long Bien
Banh Mi Chao
Places to visit near Long Bien market
After visiting the Long Bien Market, you can visit the Long Bien Bridge not far away from there. It is just a 5--minute walk to see the capital on the historic bridge, feeling the imprint of the time reprinted here. After that, you can consider visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, which is a 7-minute route by motorbike, and stop by Ngoc Son Temple right next to the Lake to admire the ancient and solemn features of the temple. At the end of the journey, you can visit Hanoi Old Quarter or Trang Tien Plaza to be able to shop your favorite items.
I hope you are going to have a great sightseeing experience!
By Quynh Nhi