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“Not bad ” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market
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Morning Tour of Hanoi
Ranked #75 of 274 things to do in Hanoi
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Owner description: Though not quite the same since a devastating fire in 1994, this famous market is nevertheless a landmark trading post.
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“Not bad ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Was at this market today. They have electronics and toys at the bottom and handbags on the ground floor, with clothing on the next two floors up. It was a strange experience in that I was expecting a lot of the stall keepers to be annoying and shouting etc trying to sell stuff. I usually visit similar markets in Beijing and found that this market in Hanoi is quite different. The stall holders don't engage with you until you are ready to engage them and it's a much more reserved an quieter experience to Beijing. Haggling is still a definite. You can usually get 50% off what they ask of you. My only gripe is that they don't have a huge selection of "big name" imitation handbags. You could find them there but only a few stall holders did them. I paid about €17 for each one (having started out at €30) - It may sound too much to you experienced hagglers but I find Vietnam a lot cheaper than China which has gotten a lot more expensive in recent years. The Vietnamese sellers are also a lot easier to deal with. Best of luck in your shopping!

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“Nothing special....”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

I arrived early to check out this market during a week day. Lots of fake stuff and copies. Lots of repeat stalls - fake watches, t-shirts etc etc etc. Nothing special, and couldn't find much authentic Vietnam items although I didn't check out all levels of the market. bit disappointed.

Visited July 2014
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“If you love market, then this is the place to be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

It is really a wholesale market. You can find almost anything here at Dong Xuan Market. From different cloth material, to shoes, bags, souvenirs and etc. But please bare with some of the small aisle, the unpleasant smell and sellers that are not too eager to sell their products. It's quite a stuffy place. My husband and I don't really fancy doing our shopping here. But it's an ok visit to experience the local market :)

Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Not worth a visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Having visited Ben Tanh Market in HCM, we were disappointed with Dong Xuan Market. This is a wholesale market and vendors are not very interested in making "small volume" sales. Most don't speak English so shopping here is difficult. Aisles and stairways are cramped and busy with vendors hauling huge bags in their backs or in trolleys. Be prepared for some shoving from behind. The coffee powder that we bought were not much cheaper than what can be found at the airport even though we tried bargaining... so definitely not an enjoyable experience.

Visited June 2014
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Bogor, Indonesia
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“Get lost in Dong Xuan”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

If you travel to another country, I recommend you to go to their local market, not to their tourist market. And whn you are in Hanoi, I recommend you to go to DOng Xuan market. This market surrounded with a lot of small private store that sell their local products from food to handicrafts. Even if you do not like shoping, you still can find many interesting place around the area. Especially if you are moslem, there is one, maybe the only one mosque established in Hanoi city, just 2 blocks from the main market. What ever interest you have, walking around the Dong Xuan market is an unforgotten moment.

Visited November 2013
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