11:03 | 07/03/2016 Society
(VEN) - We were very impressed by beautiful Phu Quoc Island, the friendly islanders, and especially the Dinh Cau Night Market.
The Dinh Cau spacious and ventilated night market is located near Duong Dong seaside and along Vo Thi Sau Street which connects Bach Dang and Tran Hung Dao streets. The market was named after Dinh Cau, a sacred temple located about 100m away from it.
The market begins from 5 pm and ends in 10 pm every day and is often crowded from 7 pm. The market comprises of about 100 booths showcasing souvenirs, handicraft products, cosmetics and jewelry. These booths are set up along the pavements of Vo Thi Sau Street, leaving a wide pedestrian way between. Visitors to the market are often interested in local delicious, reasonably priced and well served seafood specialties and pearl products.
At the Dinh Cau Night Market, we met representatives of the Quoc An Pearl Farm who introduced us about how to farm pearl oysters to get high quality well-colored pearls. In addition to being used for making jewelries, Phu Quoc-farmed pearls have been exported to several markets including Japan.
In the context of increasing international integration, Phu Quoc has become one of destination for domestic and foreign investors.
Van Bakel, a Netherlander, who has come and stayed in Phu Quoc for six months, decided to hire a booth at the Dinh Cau Night Market to sell sweetened peanuts which are packed in nylon bags and priced at VND80,000 per bag. He was so busy that we had to wait for long to talk with him. “I came from Rotterdam, a city in South Holland. At first, I intended to tour the island with my friends, but later I decided to stay here to marry a girl who lives in Duong Dong Town. I sell sweetened peanuts which are tasty and sweet-smelling,” he said.
Lucky, French, who has been in Phu Quoc for more than two years, said, “I married a girl who lives in Kien Giang Province’s Rach Gia City and we have sold ice-cream at the Dinh Cau Night Market for more than one year.” We talked while he was busy selling ice-cream balls at VND30,000 to a lot of Vietnamese who might want to buy his cream just for curiosity.
In addition to the Dinh Cau Night Market, tourists may be interested in the island’s primitive beauty, the sea and original marine tours to fish and to discover the Vinpearl Land.
Tourists are very interested in sea-born souvenirs sold at the Dinh Cau Night Market.