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Dong Ba Market

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Dong Ba Market

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Mark S wrote a review May 2020
Knoxville, Tennessee106 contributions79 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Mary D wrote a review Apr. 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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aussietravellerhere wrote a review Mar. 2020
Australia182 contributions49 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Kim G wrote a review Feb. 2020
Pacific Grove, California3,135 contributions199 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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JMB50 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Sprowston, United Kingdom410 contributions154 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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