Visiting a typical market in northern Vietnam

At the market in northern Vietnam

Residents in the rural towns of northern Vietnam rely on weekly markets to buy and sell the goods they can’t grow or build at home. Visitors are always welcome to stop and shop, as we did at this market near Ba Be Lake.

market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

This is a pretty ordinary weekly market for Vietnam, with lots of vegetables, clothing, and household goods for sale – all things the residents of this town and the surrounding villages need.

market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

There are also prepared foods for sale, like these goodies wrapped in banana leaves.

market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

(This vendor thought it was funny that I wanted to include her in my picture, but I loved how she matched her booth!)

Because we are near Ba Be Lake — a major source of fish in this part of northern Vietnam, this market has a large selection of fresh fish for sale.

market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

fish for sale at a market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

While the vendors at this market aren’t wearing the elaborate costumes of the ethnic groups I will see farther north, there are a few women wearing simple traditional clothing.

woman at market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

And, like everywhere in Vietnam, people are very friendly.

woman at market in northern Vietnam - Exploration Vacation

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