In Vietnam it’s routine for locals to wake very early, then take afternoon naps to ride out the hottest part of the day. The first time we visited Hoi An’s Central Market during the afternoon it surprised us to find most of the merchants sleeping in their stalls. Now, it’s our go-to time to browse when we want fewer interactions with aggressive sellers!
In addition to sleepy merchants, we also found some of Hoi An’s best food in the Central Market. We had tried the famous local specialties of Cao Lau and White Rose dumplings in a more upscale restaurant on our first evening in the Old Town and weren’t impressed. We tried them again from a small vendor in the Central Market and finally understood what the rave was all about—and for about 1/10th of the price!
Join us on a tour of the sleepy Hoi An Central Market here:
And take a peek at two tasty meals here: