Shopping and swimming are the two main activities of the border tourist town of Mong Cai in Quang Ninh province. If tourists do not pass the Bac Luan border gate to China, a full day in this town is hard enough for travelers to explore.
7am: Enjoying cu ky
Enjoying a bowl of noodle with cu ky (one kind of crab) on Tran Quoc Toan road will help energize you before your day of exploration. Cu ky is a specialty crab of Mong Cai that any visitor will want to give it a try. In addition to noodles, you may choose banh da (rice noodle) or mien (vermicelli) with cu ky.
8am: Shopping at Mong Cai market
Mong Cai market is a paradise for shoppers because the products are diverse. They range from home appliances to ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. For men, electronics are the most sought after products here. Hang, who owns the 533 shop on the 2nd floor of the building, says: “The products sold here are much cheaper than elsewhere because they come directly from China. Our customers are mostly tourists ”
There are three main markets and a night market in the city, in which the central market located on Tran Phu Road is the largest and most crowded.
The central market is usually bustling from 4am to 1pm, when Chinese owners return to their home across the border. Tourists come here often favor ready-made garments and household appliances.
10am: Discover Mong Cai Markets 2 and 3
These markets are located in Hoa Lac Ward, from Bac Luan border gate 1 km. These markets also sell items similar to the Mong Cai Central Market but the Mong Cai 3 market is also known for electronics.
After purchasing goods in the markets, you can go to restaurants around the city for the lunch. Most dishes are in Chinese style, including Peking duck as the most favorite cuisine of tourists. In addition, you also should not miss the spicy tofu and thit khau nhuc (pork with indian taro).