The Night Market - is almost entirely in Southeast Asia a well known phenomenon. It is always a pleasant with a lot of people and stalls where you can buy everything. Hanoi is no exception to that.
The Hanoi Night Market is three kilometres long and extends from the Hang Dao Street fountain in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake to Dong Xuan Market (the Old Quarter).
During the day the street is normally used for traffic. Tourists walk in the street to go downtown or to the Old Quarter and the cargo's are delivered by road to the shops.
But in the evening it is off limits to all means of transport. The street is the domain of the sellers. Stalls are put down and the goods are displayed. It is the place where you can negotiate about the price of your chosen product.
Formerly the night market was only in the Old Quarter, but the government has recognized that there had to be an official night market in Hanoi and expanded it.
Please note that this night market is not held every evening. It's only held the weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dinner at the Night Market
The night market usually starts at 18:00 and closes at 23:00. Only on Saturday you can buy a souvenirs or something else. Then there are also other activities such as musical performances, lion dance and other cultural performances.
These will be held in the near Hoan Kiem Lake.
Every night of the weekend some 2,000 stalls are displayed, mainly garments, textiles and other souvenirs for tourists. You can also enjoy exotic rice dishes, which are sold. These stalls you find mostly in the Old Quarter.