Weird Night Markets or Flea Markets
I am a frequent traveler, and I always love to shop, buy some gift items for my love ones and friends back home. I would say Asia is the best place for shopping, because of its weird, unique, bizarre, funny souvenirs found in shopping areas or markets. Every time I travel to a country of my choice, I always asked for the address of night markets or night bazaars of my country host. The night market or night bazaars, are what they call the ‘street market’, where vendors rent a small area for their stalls, and usually, night markets operates at night. You can find cheap and inexpensive items in the night market that includes, ethnic souvenir items, clothing, accessories, jewelries (but be careful, there are lot of fake jewelries), cheaper electronics but most are “pirated” items, street foods, and many more. There are countries who do not have night market, but you can find Chinatown in every country. The flea market or swap meet bazaar, is where vendors also rent spaces to sell or barter their merchandise from bargained items or low quality items to higher quality of second hand goods. The flea markets differ from the night markets, although, they have similar structure and is more distinct from street vending. In Australian English, the flea market is called “trash and treasure markets”, in the Philippine English, they call it Tiangge, which is borrowed from Filipino Chinese speaking Hokkien or maybe from the “Nahuatl tianguis” in Mexican Spanish term, or locally called by Filipinos as talipapa, in India it is known as gurjari or shrukawadi bazzar or juna bazzar. In England it is famous as carboot sales, where the event takes place in open field, parked their car with open trunk which they call the “boot” and the goods displayed on i. But if the event is held in school halls or church halls, they call it jumble sale (or rummage sale, where second hand items are sold) or also known as bring and buy sale. Here are some famous night markets and flea markets.
1) Taiwan: Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market or Snake Alley
Shopping at the night market is affordable for locals and tourists, and I think it is more practical and easy on the budget. For instance in Taiwan, you could buy jeans at 100 TWD (Taiwan dollars) which is equivalent to USD 3.37.
Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan
Shilin Night Market, Shilin, Taipei
Fengjia Night Market, largest night market in Taiwan
Ximending Night Market, Taiwan
2) Beijing Dong Hua Men Night Market, Beijing, China
Dongmen Night Market, ShenZhen, China
Hua Qiang Bei, Shenzhen, China (Market for all kinds of Electronics)
In 2008, I was in ShenZhen, China and I was so curious to buy electronic items such as mobile phones, laptop, and other accessories, which I found very expensive in any other electronics store. I bought a Blackberry for 500CNY or USD 79.36, but soon I arrived at my hotel room back in Hong Kong, the charger became hot and I was scared to continue charging my phone. Then the following day my phone is not working. Well lesson learned, you can but any items maybe at the night market, but not electronics or gadgets that may endanger your life.
3) Night Market in Hong Kong: Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong
4) Dongdaemun Night Market, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
5) Japanese Night Market in Moonta Street
Takeshita Dori District, Tokyo, Japan
6) Night Market In Singapore : Bugis Night Market
7) Chinatown Night Market in Singapore
Little India Market, Singapore
8) Pasar Malam (Night Market) Malaysia
9) Pasar Malam (Night Markets) in Indonesia
10) Dong Xuan Night Market, Hanoi, Vietnam
11) Angkor Night Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia
12) Suan Lum Night Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand
13) Siam Paradise Night Bazaar, Bangkok
Pratunam Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Patpong Night Market, Bangkok
14) Night Market in Laos
15) Divisoria Night Market, Manila, Philippines
Banchetto Night Market (more on street foods and drinks) Ortigas, Pasig
16) Night Markets in India
17) Richmond Night Market, Canada
18) Flea Markets or Swap Meet Bazaar
Flea Market in Macau, China
Lapsapan in Macau, also a flea market where second hand items are sold very affordable. “Lapsap” in Cantonese means ‘garbage’. But we enjoyed shopping although some items were not aloud by the customs at the airport.
19) Marrakesh Night Market in Morocco
The Marrakesh or Marrakesh Souk in Morocco is famous for selling arts and crafts, jewelries, and colorful handicrafts and many more cheaper items.
20) Souk Night Market, Middle East
If you plan to buy gold souk in Dubai, it is more better to go in the evening, to give yourself more time to shop, choose and bargain. And the best chance of having 20% discount or more, which the lowest karat of gold is 16k to 24k gold.