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“Banjul Market” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Albert Market

Albert Market
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Banjul
Certificate of Excellence
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county durham
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Banjul Market”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Bustling and colourful ,friendly and interesting ,but the stallholders will do Anything to make a sale,and will chat for ages.
We went with a guide and were surprised how many aunts sisters and cousins he had running stalls . When we joked about it he said 'we Gambians are ALL family at heart '

Visited January 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“THE REAL GAMBIA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Banjul market is a bustling and noisy place which some tourists are not really prepared for as they approach the experience with their own country's mindset. If people want to see the country as it is, an open mind is needed. Here is the real Gambia and an active one where people are putting a lot of effort into earning a living. Gambians are hard working people. There is no state benefits system such as that in the UK, so the people in Gambia are very resourceful and productive. The tourists really need to support their enterprise. Comparing it to shopping experiences in the tourists' home country is unfair and unrealistic. Tourists know the price of goods in their home country but many are not willing to pay the price when they go there and even expect to under-pay. They see the local traders as "husslers" though they are just trying to make a living and they put a lot of efffort into it. I would encourage tourists to support local industry, but also to do as they do at home - shop around! Get friendly with a local person who knows where the bargains are. Gambian ladies are always good to know and helpful, telling people where to find the best price for something they want to buy. Banjul market is good, but also try Senegambia Craft Market on the Bertil Harding Highway.

Visited November 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Very noisy and at times smelly. Bustling and active. Every thing you need is there somewhere! Well worth a vist.

Visited March 2013
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middlesbrough
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“its an experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

There has been a lot of work done to stop this being such a nightmare for tourists from what I understand, we had our taxi driver with us but did not feel in the least bit intimidated. If it were like shopping in Asda......there would be no point!! relax and enjoy....

Visited April 2013
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“wouldnt go again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

for some people it may be a great experience but personally i felt like it wasn't something they wanted us to see. ive been to many locals markets while travelling a few years ago, but i dont think the locals want you there so it just makes it uncomfortable for both parties. my suggestion just dont bother going...or just drive past it.

Visited January 2013
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