Shopping in Halong

Halong shopping is characterised by the Vietnamese local market tradition with more offerings of souvenirs than usually found elsewhere. Traditional souvenir items to buy in Halong are lacquer plated chopsticks, ceramic tea sets, the ubiquitous conical hats (non la) that Vietnamese womenfolk wear, silk fabric, silk artefacts and crafts, or the traditional Vietnamese long dress, known locally as the 'Ao dai'.
 
The list we have collected below should give you a place to start looking for whatever it is you need. We haven't divided it into categories because there aren't as many different shopping options as in some other destination!

Night Market at Bai Chay
One market really worth visiting in Halong is the one in Bai Chay that is open in the nights as well. It has kiosks full of interesting knick knacks sold at reasonable prices. Vietnam is known for its lacquer ware of which you find a good variety here, along with a variety of chopsticks.

You can also keep an eye out for charming trinkets and objects d'art. Do remember to bargain though. It makes sense to offer half of what the shopkeepers quote initially. If they do not agree use the age-old trick of walking ahead to some other kiosk. Chances are the shopkeeper will call you back offering the price you suggested!

Floating Markets - Local boats filled with snacks, etc.
Want to visit a market that is as intriguing as it is charming? Then do plan to drop into a floating market. Yes, these are full-fledged markets run entirely on boats! All you have to do is head for the Halong Bay where you'll see countless boats offering delectable snacks to eat.

As the gentle waves of the water rock the little boat, you are served whatever your heart desires - chips, beer, seafood, sweets and much more. Some of these boats also offer a unique way of enjoying seafood where the fish is caught right in front of your eyes and then cooked to perfection in the sauce you want. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience!