Have You Been To These Night Markets In Asia?

All you need is a love for the night and some indefensible bargaining skills
The Hoi An Night Market in Vietnam
The Hoi An Night Market in VietnamiStock

The hustle and bustle of Asia may tire out the weary traveller. But what gives more joy than knowing you've just got yourself an excellent bargain? That's when night markets come into play. Lively, colourful and (most often) full of good food and deals, it is one sure way to enjoy a city. Here are a few of our favourites across Asia. Happy travels!

Bangkok, Thailand

Ratchada Rot Fai
Ratchada Rot Fai iStock

The night markets of Bangkok are famous, but our favourite is the Ratchada Rot Fai in the centre of town. Best known for its vast mass of coloured tents, the market is the perfect size for a stroll and large enough to be interesting yet not too big to get lost in. You'll find everything from linen separates, handmade jewelry, cane bags to an impromptu manicure at the many nail art stations. It is also surrounded by snacks stalls where you'll find everything from an Instagrammable rainbow cheese sandwich to the staple, mango sticky rice. Our advice Try it all.

Hong Kong

Mong Kok Market
Mong Kok MarketSIHASAKPRACHUM/Shutterstock

Lights may guide you home, but in Hong Kong, the bright neon signs will probably take you to its night markets. It is the merging point where locals and tourists commune, the former to do their weekly shopping, and tourists to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Hong Kong. We recommend going to the Stanley Market and Mong Kok to get your hands on affordable souvenirs, clothes and even electronics. Shop, make merry and yes, have some of those renowned dumplings.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An's lanterns
Hoi An's lanternsShutterstock

Hoi An is one of the most aesthetically pleasing market for travellers. Its narrow streets are full of colour as a plethora of multicoloured lanterns light the way. The Hoi An Night Market is a charming destination, and a must-do activity if you find yourself in the City of Lanterns. Walk around and bring back souvenirs for your home. The paper lanterns, trinkets and other items are probably available at any night market only the ambience here is ten times prettier.

Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Markettinhkhuong / Shutterstock.com

What have you even done in Taiwan if not visited Taipei's Shilin Night Market? While there are many small night markets in the country, what sets Shilin apart from the rest is the sheer amount of good food you get here. The streets and alleys are lined with food carts and stalls serving local dishes such as the controversial stinky tofu, oyster omelette, pineapple cake, among others. You'll find amidst all these a few stalls for arcade games and knick-knacks as well.

Goa, India 

Anjuna Flea Market
Anjuna Flea MarketVyacheslav Argenberg/Wikimedia Commons

Although shopping is often the last thing on a person's mind in Goa, there are some flea markets that are worth the bike-ride to. If you have time in the day, Anjuna flea market is extensive and full of gems from seashell jewellery to tank tops you'll love. Another market to look out for is the weekly Arpora Night Market, which is set up every Saturday.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Night Market
Angkor Night MarketMarco Verch/Flickr

The first of its kind in Cambodia, Angkor Night Market is a lively, bustling marketplace that is a souvenir treasure trove. Running parallel to the popular Pub Street, people love to walk around this packed, if small, market and then walking to popular pubs such as Angkor Wat and Red Piano. The market is set up every day from 5 pm till midnight. 

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