VietNamNet Bridge – Hundreds of lights are on to welcome tourists to the food stalls and eateries on either side of Vo Thi Sau Street when darkness pervades Phu Quoc Island. There, they can taste the freshest catches of the day and buy souvenirs typical of the island’s waters off mainland Kien Giang Province.
|Foreign visitors look at a souvenir stall at Dinh Cau Night Market.|
The night market Dinh Cau, named after a sacred temple nearby, is open to tourists from as early as 5 p.m. till midnight. From 7p.m. to 9p.m. it is rush hour at the market located in the heart of Duong Dong Town when visitors to Phu Quoc gather to enjoy shrimp, fish, oyster, squid, snail and others that fishermen have caught during the day.
So, choosing what local specialty of Phu Quoc to eat for dinner at the night market is an easy and interesting experience but it is advisable for tourists to walk past all the seafood stalls on the either side of the street to see what is on offer and prices. When having selected and ordered your favorite seafood, you need to look for a table of their choice, either outdoor or indoor, to sit down for a drink before the food is served.
Iced bottled or cans of Vietnamese beer are recommended for tourists to quench their thirst and whet their appetite for the seafood, which can be steamed, boiled, grilled, sauteed… to order.
Ocean breezes, the sizzling sound and savory flavors of grilling seafood, chit-chat among diners give travelers a nice dining experience at the market. However, they should be careful not to sit too close to the outdoor cooking area as they may feel uncomfortable or scared due to the flames and smoke from the ‘open’ kitchen.
The trip to Dinh Cau Night Market often ends with souvenir purchases. After dinner, a lot of tourists stroll along the street to find and buy bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings and other souvenirs made from shell and other materials of the Phu Quoc Sea.