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Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan and Hang Chieu Sts., Hanoi, Vietnam
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Description: Though not quite the same since a devastating fire in 1994, this famous market is nevertheless a landmark trading post.
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Pretoria, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It's dirty, overcrowded(not with tourists) and maybe just good to walk through if you have nothing else to do

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wholesale market selling mainly ladies, gents, kids clothing of the cheap and cheerful kind. Nothing exciting - styles look at least 2 decades old - wasnt tempted to browse at all. Shoes, souvenirs and household stuff on ground floor. No food section (that I could find). If you are expecting Chatuchak, you will be disappointed. Don't waste time here.

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Montreal, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Some of the sellers refused to sell to my husband when he did not even tried to buy! They told him to go away, that they did not have what he wanted. Anybody had experienced that? It happens 3 times today. I'm Caucasian ... But he is, looks and speaks Vietnamese! He could not figured out why they were so... More

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Munich, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This market functions mainly as a "wholesale market". Even most locals would not come here to buy items in loose. Overall, the market is dirty, cramped, and more like a gang area. Sellers are rude. Almost certain rip-off for tourists (both foreigners/Vietnamese who are not familiar traders with the market).

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

The market has a wide range of items on sale but it is really just a working market for the Vietnamese and not for tourists. The aisles are very narrow and you get pushed and shoved by people walking past. It is also hard to get around when people are sitting on the floor in the middle of the aisles.... More

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Panay Island, Philippines
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It’s interesting to read the reactions of foreign visitors to Dong Xuan on TripAdvisor. Some feel the place is horrible. I’m an American living in Asia and love public markets. In fact, in the small town where we live in the Philippines, the chaotic public market is the only local shopping alternative. With that as context, I have nothing but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Was at this market today. They have electronics and toys at the bottom and handbags on the ground floor, with clothing on the next two floors up. It was a strange experience in that I was expecting a lot of the stall keepers to be annoying and shouting etc trying to sell stuff. I usually visit similar markets in Beijing... More

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I arrived early to check out this market during a week day. Lots of fake stuff and copies. Lots of repeat stalls - fake watches, t-shirts etc etc etc. Nothing special, and couldn't find much authentic Vietnam items although I didn't check out all levels of the market. bit disappointed.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

It is really a wholesale market. You can find almost anything here at Dong Xuan Market. From different cloth material, to shoes, bags, souvenirs and etc. But please bare with some of the small aisle, the unpleasant smell and sellers that are not too eager to sell their products. It's quite a stuffy place. My husband and I don't really... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Having visited Ben Tanh Market in HCM, we were disappointed with Dong Xuan Market. This is a wholesale market and vendors are not very interested in making "small volume" sales. Most don't speak English so shopping here is difficult. Aisles and stairways are cramped and busy with vendors hauling huge bags in their backs or in trolleys. Be prepared for... More

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