7 best markets in Asia

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok (Photo: Ian Santosa / Shutterstock.com)

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok (Photo: Ian Santosa / Shutterstock.com)

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo (Photo: Korkusung / Shutterstock.com)
Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo (Photo: Korkusung / Shutterstock.com)

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

The world’s busiest fish market is a must-visit for any traveller hungry for sushi and sashimi – walk into just about any shop, and you’ll be guaranteed a mouthwatering meal whipped up from the freshest produce. For an experience to remember, head to the market in the wee hours of the morning to catch the tuna auction. Besides tuna, you can also feast your eyes on other bounty like oysters, octopus, abalone and salmon.

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku; tsukiji-market.or.jp

Also read: A beginner’s guide to Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok (Photo: Ian Santosa / Shutterstock.com)
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok (Photo: Ian Santosa / Shutterstock.com)

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

This sprawling market is always filled with tourists eager to snag a good deal (bargaining is a must). You can easily spend an entire day wandering through its labyrinthine lanes, which are filled with stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to housewares, and even pets. There are also vendors selling an excellent selection of Thai street food – perfect for recharging after hours of shopping.

Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak; chatuchak.org

Also read: The best places for shopping in Bangkok

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong (Photo: Tung Cheung / Shutterstock.com)
Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong (Photo: Tung Cheung / Shutterstock.com)

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

One of the most popular bazaars in Hong Kong, the Temple Street market is where travellers flock for colorful souvenirs of every shape and size. Magnets, wallets, keychains, bottle openers and iconic street and subway signages are just a few of the knick-knacks you can find here.

Temple St

Shilin Night Market, Taipei (Photo: Ronnie Chua / Shutterstock.com)
Shilin Night Market, Taipei (Photo: Ronnie Chua / Shutterstock.com)

Shilin Night Market, Taipei

A smorgasbord of flavors, Shi Lin Night Market is a paradise for serious foodies. Head there on an empty stomach – there are food stalls selling everything from oyster omelets to more exotic snacks like duck tongue. Make a beeline for the original branch of Hot Star – this popular store churns out enormous slabs of fried chicken dusted in an addictive five-spice powder.

101 Jihe Rd, Shilin District; Taipei

Ubud Art Market, Bali (Photo: CHEN WS / Shutterstock.com)
Ubud Art Market, Bali (Photo: CHEN WS / Shutterstock.com)

Ubud Art Market, Bali

You’ll be spoilt for choice in this artsy haven. Aside from vibrant paintings and intricate sculptures, you’ll also find handicrafts like baskets and woven bags, as well as racks of colorful and comfy apparel like lightweight blouses and harem pants. Most of the goods at the market are handmade by local villagers, so they make for excellent souvenirs.

Jln Raya Ubud No. 35, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar

Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market, Kuala Lumpur (Photo: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.com)
Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market, Kuala Lumpur (Photo: TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.com)

Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market, Kuala Lumpur

While this market is often dismissed as touristy, it undeniably offers some of the city’s tastiest and most interesting food finds. Satisfy your cravings for quintessentially Malaysian food like satay and nasi lemak here. There’s plenty for the intrepid foodie, too – one of the strangest things I’ve ever sampled in the market is a “chicken fish”, which resembles a fish but tastes just like chicken!

Jln Alor, Bukit Bintang

Also read: 8 delicious foods in Kuala Lumpur for US$1.50 or less

Ky Hoa Night Market, Ho Chi Minh City

The city’s biggest night market – a magnet for the city’s hipsters – is a treasure trove of everything from handicrafts to cosmetics. There’s an array of affordable street food to be had, too, from authentic pho to more adventurous eats like deep-fried tarantulas.

Thong Nhat Stadium, 138 Dao Duy Tu, Binh Thanh District

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Mikka Wee

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