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Shopping mission at Old Quarter's Night Market

VIETNAM | Thursday, 8 April 2010 | Views [540]

“I found a purse that matches my favorite so I didn't hesitate to buy it. Of course, it wasn't much costly.”

Women are very meticulous especially when it comes to their personal things. Most of them can't leave their homes without carrying some sort of a bag for collecting their stuff. I am a woman, so I am that kind too. Talking about a bag, I got a purse (handbag) form Hanoi's Old Quarter shopping street. It was made of nice cloth. There is a broidery work on it. Very Vietnamese. I got a shining green one. Also baught one for my colleague.

Many other items were tempting me! and I couldn't stop myself to take a look. There are many small streets at this fabulous night market, more than enough to give us some entertainment and excitement. We noticed that most locals at least had "some things" to sell before their house (most houses are in 2-storey style designed for residential and commercial purpose). The livig is very colorful. What we noticed was the rows of cafe shops, pho corners, che (dessert), grilled sticked pork and "interesing" shop houses.

Lot of local people and visitors gathered there, walking leisurely at night. No shopping list but just lingering. I could feel the community and this reminded me of the night markets in Thailand. Every street at that night was crowed. I also had chance to play with a Vietnamese boy who was sitting relaxingly and happily on his father's strong shoulders. I thought he couldn't understand what I said to him but at least he smiled...

Tags: night market in hanoi, old quarter hanoi

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