Must Visit Southeast Asia Markets

Markets in Singapore and Vietnam have been named in the Rough Guides “19 food markets around the world you need to visit”.

Main picture Cai Rang Floating Market in Vietnam, credit Jean-Pierre Dalbera on flickr

The full list includes diverse markets including Borough Market in London, Grand Bazaar in Instanbul, Union Square Greenmarket in New York and Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore

Also known as the Chinatown Wet Market, situated along Smith Street and continues to retain its Chinese heritage and cultural elements.

Kreta Ayer Market credit Jinzl’s Photos on flickr

The wet market name comes from the floor which is regularly washed due to the waste produced from the live and prepared produce, especially the fresh fish and shellfish.

Squeamish buyers look away now. Singapore’s Kreta Ayer Wet Market in Chinatown doesn’t just do inanimate produce. Expect live eels, frogs and snakes among the melons and roasted pork. Upstairs, above the main stall area, is a hawker centre, where diners settle down over local delicacies – including those (now cooked) frogs and snakes.

Rough Guides

Many people visit just to experience the general atmosphere of the market and neighbourhood. The market doesn’t just sell an incredible array of fresh seafood but also Chinese herbs, spices and vegetables, tropical fruit and preserved foods.

Kreta Ayer MArket credit Cmglee on Creative Commons

Many also enjoy eating from the many food stalls and cafes in the area.

Cai Rang Floating Market, Vietnam

Located in Can Tho and described as a unique river culture that helps visitors to understand more about the life of the poeple living on the river and the unique long-standing river trade.

Cai Rang Floating Market credit Leo.lempel on flickr

Visiting the floating market in Cai Rang, southern Vietnam, is a must-do activity when in the Mekong Delta. A huge spread of produce is on sale from a fleet of brightly coloured boats. Most traders advertise their wares from the top of a long pole attached to their vessel. The market starts early – 5am – and finishes by midday, so go in good time to get the best choice.

Rough Guide

The best time to visit the market is around 5.30am, when the weather is not too hot and you get to experience all the wonders of the market including, possibly, an incredible sunrise.

The market is not just for tourists, most of the sellers are there for locals and business buyers. Increasingly some sellers do target tourists, generally with fresh fruit.

Cai Rang Floating Market credit Ngoc Son on flickr

Head to Ninh Kieu Wharf in Can Tho to get a boat onto the river or arrange a tour in advance.

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