Dong Ba Market

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Mark S
Knoxville, TN106 contributions
A Real Market...
Feb 2020
Dong Ba is on the tourist must-do list for Hue, but I would offer the following caveat. Most of the markets you'll see on the tourist route in SE Asia actually cater to tourists. They're relatively clean, with ample space, and most of what's sold will fit in your suitcase. Dong Ba is huge, interesting, but, in my view, it is a real market, not much tourist-oriented. This is where residents shop in Hue, unless they are affluent. Space is a bit cramped, it's a bit dark in some places, and the tourist can be assailed by an assortment of touts and louts who apparently will get a commission on anything you buy--if they can convince the merchant they guided you to his/her stall. The array of contents was fascinating, but we felt an hour was plenty. Too much intensity from all directions. I rate it "very good" for those who can handle this sort of thing.
Written May 7, 2020
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Mary D
3 contributions
Stay Away
May 2019 • Solo
Do not visit Dong Ba Market, especially if you are a woman traveling alone. I made the mistake of walking into the place and meeting a man who said he had a shop with high quality shirts. After I told him I was not interested in shirts, he blocked my path, violated my space, pushed me and threatened me. None of the other vendors did anything. I was the only foreigner there.

I was terrified and saw no other way out but to comply with his demands since I was concerned for my safety.

He harassed me, verbally and physically threatened me and would not allow me to leave until I bought 4 shirts for double the price. I later discarded the shirts.

The market is overcrowded with merchandise and has very narrow one lane dirt rows which merchants can utilize to block visitors on both sides.

The large market has no security and no wifi, so smartphones are useless. The place is dark and so compacted with goods that it looks like a fire hazard. There are no water sprinklers or fire extinguishers.

I am writing this so no other woman experiences the same treatment I endured.
Written April 25, 2020
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aussietravellerhere
Australia182 contributions
Great for local food and a local experience!
Mar 2020
We came here for breakfast and to have a peek around. This place is designed for locals so you can definitely pick up some cheap and tasty eats. The market ranges from raw foods to t-shirts and usual stuff you find at tourist markets.
You will need to haggle if you want to buy any tourist stuff.

The cooked food is on the outer rims of the markets and look for where there are locals gathered around. You won't find many people speaking English.
Written March 4, 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Colorful Fruit & Vegetable Displays; Interesting Lifestyle
Mar 2019
Our Cyclo Tour was arranged for us through Gate 1 Tours. Our group departed from our hotel "Eldora", located on the opposing bank of the Perfume River. We were driven across the famous Troung Tien Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, and completed in 1899 by the French Colonial Government. Dong Ba Market is the largest commercial center in Hue. There is a two story enclosed market which we did not visit, but rather drove through the outside produce, poultry and fish market, lining both sides of the street along the Perfume River. With so many shoppers in attendance, we were at a standstill on several occasions. Attractive displays of colorful fruits and vegetables are offered for sale by vendors and hard-working families. An interesting experience witnessing the shopping lifestyle of the Hue citizens.
Written February 24, 2020
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JMB50
Sprowston, UK415 contributions
Crowded busy and fun
Nov 2019
I loved visiting this market it sells everything you could possibly want or need. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables plus meat and fish. I loved visiting the clothing stalls where a bought a most attractive silk and cotton top which I am very pleased with and it has washed up very well. It was very reasonably priced and you pay in US$ but you do need to haggle. Keep a very close hold on your handbag or wallet as this place is very crowded and you could easily lose it.
Written February 12, 2020
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Leena S
4 contributions
interesting adventure!
Feb 2020
If you ready to have ,,shocking,, experience then You need to go there for sure!
We didnt buy anything from there , It stinks, it very dirty and noisy- but its worth it. It is still Vietnamese culture.
Written February 6, 2020
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,320 contributions
Not an attraction for a tourist
Dec 2019
An authentic Vietnamese market, making this an unique experience for the traveler, but most certainly not catered to the tourist.

The downside of this experience was twofold, the unsafe use of moving dollies to shift product around as an old woman walked into me with the handle, luckily for me it missed my phone in my front pocket and instead collided with my hip. Coupled with the unsanitary conditions where raw poultry was located, spilling juices onto the floor.

There was nothing of value that I would seek out to purchase, as the market is catered to locals, however I did end up buying a t-shirt here, just as a reminder of my time in Hue.
Written January 20, 2020
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Lauren
United Kingdom727 contributions
Terrible
Mar 2019
Crowded, like a maze with heavy sales tactics being employed by everyone. As soon as I had entered this market I was looking to get back out. Very claustrophobic and pretty much my idea of a nightmare.
Written January 18, 2020
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srimanone
El Pescadero, Mexico885 contributions
TYPICAL VIETNAMESE MARKET WITH ALL THE USUAL FOODS AND VEGETABLES AND CRAFTS
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is worth a stroll thru and spend less hen one hour here. I was tempted to buy something’s, but had second thoughts when you see it all deposed to the environment and nothing really covered or handled with care. Got hungry, had a bowl of soup, was not very smart of me, but manage to survive. Easy stroll and say parking but be careful moving around crowded areas.
Written January 10, 2020
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Crowded with unsanitary conditions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We were escorted through the market with our guide doing a very good job explaining the different products for sale. The market was crowded with locals pushing by but we saw none of the aggressive selling behavior mentioned in other posts. The market did not seem particularly clean with some items like fish not on ice and we did see a giant roach crawling inside a package of noodles. That was too much for my western sensibilities. Be careful with your footing as the pavement was very uneven and sometimes wet.
Written January 9, 2020
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