People visit Quy Nhon because of its landscapes, majestic mountains, people and “Nau” local cuisine. However, besides these things, Quy Nhon also has diversified and crowded markets which have own distinctive characteristics about the daily life of locals. Try a visit to the markets in Quy Nhon!
Cho – Market is a familiar name for the places focusing on selling products of Vietnamese. Travelling to anywhere in the country, it’s very easy to see markets from large to medium. Each place has different characteristics of its specialty, and markets in Quy Nhon are too. They also have their own unique things and it’s more interesting for people who come in at the first time.
Cho Khu 6 (Zone 6 Market) – The most famous market for dried seafood
Cho Khu 6 is one of the first-second largest markets in Quy Nhon where are visited by many people. It starts from 6 a.m to 5 pm.
Cho has many items with a variety of prices for you to choose, which is suitable for many classes, especially for middle-income and low-income. Even with just 30,000 to 50,000 VND, people can buy food for the whole family in a day or with from 100 to several hundred thousand dong, people have plenty of choices to buy for a good meal.
According to what I see, the market is concentrated on different areas to meet the diverse needs of consumers. For those with low income, bidding is extremely important to them. They just pay only 2/3 or 3/5 of the price offered by the seller. Thus, they often come to the small seafood booths because the prices are usually “lower” and also easier to bargain. As for middle-income people, they will less bargain, but instead they usually go to big booths and sellers will actively reduce them several thousand in the total prices depending on how much they buy.
However, the most prominent feature of Cho Khu 6 is still dried seafood. If you want to give your relatives homeland gifts with meaning the taste of the “Nau” village like Nem Chua (a kind of meatball) in Quy Nhon markets or dried seafood with the characteristics of the coastal region, Cho Khu 6 is a great choice.
Address: Vo Lai Street, Ngo May Ward, Quy Nhon City,Binh Dinh Province
Cho Dam (Pond Market) – Fresh seafood Market
Unlike Cho Khu 6, Cho Dam only meets in the morning, people will be delighted to choose at many freshest seafood stalls with all items. And it is also the wholesale market for wholesalers elsewhere. However, this market is for people with good income. At the market, if you have at least 50 to 100 thousand or even over 100 thousand dong, you can choose easily and pay the right price for your budget.
Why are commodities so expensive? Because the market is full of fresh produce such as many kinds of large fishes or other types of shrimps, crabs, squids,… that other markets do not have. But in my view, whether you go to any markets in Quy Nhon, the price is inevitable, as long as reasonable. In addition, if you intend to buy fresh seafood as a gift, Cho Dam is a promising place to help you find suitable items at reasonable prices and suitable for your pocket.
Address: Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thi Nai Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province
Cho Khu 2 (Zone 2 Market) – Afternoon Market
Cho Dam (Pond market) is selling seafood in the morning, whereas Cho Khu 2 (Zone 2 market) will only open from 3 pm to 7 pm each day. For those who do not have time to go to the morning market or want to have a delicious dinner without using frozen food or having to eat the dishes from noon, coming to this place, you will have delicious food which processed from fresh ingredients.
Many people do not like going to the market because they say that the market is selling very expensive. People just come here when they need to buy seafood sending immediately. This is the place where people often pack the seafood boxes to send to other provinces as well as for other people to enjoy. However, the seafood here is fresh as good as Cho Dam (Pond market). As far as I know, this is also a place providing seafood for many restaurants in the city.
Address: 116 Nguyen Hue Street, Tran Phu Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province
Cho Quan Tran (Quan Tran Market) – One of the busy markets in Quy Nhon
Cho Quan Tran (Quan Tran market) is one of the biggest markets in Quy Nhon for not only for residents of Ly Thuong Kiet ward but also people at surrounding areas. Currently, about 200 small traders business in fresh food, household goods, food and foodstuffs. Unlike the Cho Khu 6 (Zone 6 market), high income households are concentrated at here because they are often busy in working, so shopping is usually quick and they less bargain for the items they buy.
Address: Ton Duc Thang Street, Ly Thuong Kiet Ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province
Cho Dem (Night Market) – An attractive place for students
If you have spent a tired day with wind and sunshine in this coastal land, when the night falls down, let go to the Cho Dem (Night market). This place promises to give you the feeling of relaxation and comfort. In particular, the market specializes in selling clothes but at very affordable prices or even very cheap.
With only from 35 to 100 thousand VND, you have will be able to have many beautiful clothes. In addition, at the end of the market, there are junk food, sugar cane juice, pho,… with a very cheap price.
I also often take a walk to Cho Dem on the cool summer days, it is located near the center of Quy Nhon, so you just go for a walk, you will watch anythings not only the goods in the market but also the country music, the coffee shops along the way with different architectural styles. Therefore, it is also known as Student Market – “Paradise” for students.
Address: Nguyen Tu Street, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province
For people who want to travel with limited budget, the choice of Quy Nhon markets to discover local cuisine or unique characteristics of the city seems a new idea but no less interesting? No matter where you come from, the market is still a place to expose the typical culture in that region.
In my own experience, going to the Quy Nhon markets, you should note that unless there is a problem, you should not go to the market too early. Because if you are the first customer, you don’t buy anything or make a bad bargain, it will be an unlucky day for that sellers and they will scold you!
Hong Trang – Hiquynhon
Translated by DTS – Hiquynhon
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