Photo Journal: Hoi An Market

While on a cookery course with Thuan Tinh Cookery school, I was taken to explore the Hoi An market, giving an authentic peak into the local life.

The market was a hectic hive of activity – colourful vegetables on every corner and the smell of fresh fish assaulting your nostrils, not to mention the constant hum of vendors bartering with tourists and locals alike. Everywhere you looked there was something interesting going on, from chickens (still alive) being bunched onto the handlebars of motorbikes, to a boar leg being carved in the middle of the traffic to crabs trying to escape their fate by climbing out of their buckets.

It was crazy. But in a wonderful, mesmerising way (I could easily have wandered around for longer). I’m afraid that all the activity around us drove me a bit trigger happy, so I thought I would share some of the resulting images with you. I’ve tried to capture the markets energy in this photo collection, I hope you can feel it and are transported there too!

Hoi An Market

Markets are such a great way to get accustomed to a new destination and definitely something you should try to see if you can! The Hoi An market last all day, but the best time to see the action is first thing in the morning, as that is when locals will be picking up their groceries.

If you plan to do some of your own shopping then there are plenty fruits you can buy, and even some tourist-aimed stalls are appearing around the fringes of the market. Look out for the shops selling wicker bags, they are hard to find elsewhere yet so cute and timelessly stylish (in my opinion) that you need to indulge in some while visiting!

What is your favourite way to see local life? Visiting food markets and local parks are definitely some of mine!

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14 Comment

  1. Maggie says: Reply

    I love visiting local markets. When we took a cooking class in Koh Samui, we did the same thing. The host took us to the market and described all the different things. There is no way we would know what half is without the help of a local!

    1. francesFR says: Reply

      I know, it’s so great doing it as part of a tour as it helps you learns so much about the produce!

  2. I have heard of this looks amazing. I would like to go to Vietnam and go to the floating cousin has been..

    such a beautiful country, thanks for sharing!


    1. francesFR says: Reply

      You should visit Vietnam. I’m not sure if maybe you are confused about the markets – the floating one is in the Mekong Delta (Can Tho), this one is just normal. Interested to go to Can Tho for the floating market soon though!

  3. Christine says: Reply

    What a great way to see how the locals live and experience some authentic fresh market items. You really learn so much. I hope to do this on my trip to Asia one day!

    1. francesFR says: Reply

      Yes, you can do market tours in most places in Asia – definitely a nice insight into local life!

  4. I loved Vietnam. You got some amazing photos. Wish I spent longer there and went to Hoi An too.

  5. Maninder says: Reply

    Love the pictures! Markets are so fun and a great way to get a peak in a locals’ life.

  6. Selam says: Reply

    Really great photos here! I’m loving all the fresh food 🙂

  7. I so love visiting outdoor markets. I feel like they give you such a real feel for the culture and life of the area. Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Val says: Reply

    What a fun market !! I would love to visit one in another country.. cool pics!


  9. Kris says: Reply

    It’s amazing how many brilliant colors there are here! I love the way they help places come to life in photographs. Visiting with a tour sounds like a great idea so you can learn about the food being sold and the history.

  10. I love local markets but some of the things they sell are crazy! I went to some in Thailand and there were small turtles being sold for turtle soup and I almost cried :'(

  11. Teja says: Reply

    I quite like markets too, but it’s kinda touch and go in this region. Sometimes you see things being traded you don’t really want to know, or know if you should report it. Like turtle eggs. :-/ But what I like is to see what fruits are sold at markets. Sometimes there are ones I haven’t seen.

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