Region: Duong Dong | Vietnamese name: Cho Den Dinh Cau | Family Friendly: Yes | Recommended Time: 1 hour | Admission: No | Rating: 4/5
The Dinh Cau Night Market (Cho Den Dinh Cau) is one the most popular attractions on Phu Quoc Island and it is a great place to sample fresh seafood, street food, snacks, local craft beer, and shop for souvenirs. This market has recently rebranded itself and moved to another location → see: Phu Quoc Night Market
Dinh Cau Night Market Guide
The Dinh Cau Night Market, which is often referred to as the "Phu Quoc Night Market" or just "Night Market" is a street that is 500m in length that has about 50 stalls selling seafood, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs. It is located behind Dinh Cau Beach on Vo Thi Sau street near the Dinh Cau Temple. The seafood stalls are located at the night markets main gate while the souvenir shops are located at the end of the street. The night market is opened daily from 5pm until midnight, rain or shine.
Location of the Night Market
The night market is located in Duong Dong Town near the Dinh Cau Temple. To get to the night market, travel north on Tran Hung Dao street until you reach the roundabout. There you will see the entrance gate to the market on your left hand side. The market is the “biggest draw in town” so you will not miss it. If you are arriving by motorbike, then you can park it in front of the market or at a paid parking spot, which costs 10,000VND per motorbike. Both places are safe; just remember to secure your helmets.
Note: You cannot walk along North Long Beach to reach the market as North Long Beach effectively ends at Du Cau Phu Quoc Hotel and there is no more beach nor path left. You can only access the night market from either Tran Hung Dao street, Dinh Cau Temple or Dinh Cau Beach.
What To Expect:
Note: The seafood being sold at the night market is relatively expensive compared to other places on the island. There is about a 30% markup on all the seafood here.
What To See
What To Buy
Note: Cheap pearls can be bought at the night market but these are not Phu Quoc Pearls but rather fake pearls imported from China.
Seafood Buying Tips:
Not all the fish seen at the night market is fresh. Anything that does not sell is refrigerated to be sold the next day. Here are some tips to help you choose wisely:
Scallops, a Special Case
Squid or Octopus
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Duong Dong is Phu Quoc's largest town and it is located along on the western coast of Phu Quoc island. Duong Dong is famous for its mighty river that bears the same name, temples, fish sauce factories, pepper farms, and of course the plentiful accommodation options available at all price points. Duong Dong is a busy urban place but there is electricity in the air. The town comes alive after the sun has set.
Nested in between Phu Quoc's two major towns (Duong Dong and An Thoi) lies Duong To, a vast central area that is home to the Bai Truong Tourist Complex, Phu Quoc's main tourist area. The Bai Truong Tourist Complex is often referred to as just "Long Beach", the literal translation of the Vietnamese words in English.Duong To is a hip modern commune with posh bars and restaurants, luxury beach resorts, and home to the Phu Quoc International Airport.