World Cups and Contrast: Asia’s Wet and Dry Markets

World Cups and Contrast: Asia’s Wet and Dry Markets

Traditional markets in much of Asia are often two markets in one. The Wet Market is where fresh meats and produce are purchased and the Dry Market is where clothing, household items, electronics and the like are found.

Let’s visit one such market along Vietnam’s Mekong River. There is no end to what we may find in the Dry Market, including these World Cups (above). The senses are overwhelmed with the din of vendors hawking their specialties. With all the colors of the rainbow neatly stacked and ready to sell. And, oh the aromas!

But wait, there’s more: pots and pans, flip flops and fish nets, rice and incense, flowers and fish sauce and… you get the idea.

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The Wet Market, in contrast, is full of all those weird and creepy things that make Vietnamese cuisine so wonderful. There is every seafood imaginable from squid to cat fish, crabs to crappie, eels to prawns.

Your choice of red meat is just as extensive. Of course, pork, chicken and duck, whole or in parts. Also, dressed rice rats, guinea pigs, snakes and things unrecognizable. I’ve never seen fresher fruits and vegetables. Things like dragon fruit or rambutan, bitter melon or water spinach.This exotic stuff is why I love Vietnamese food.

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Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 31 Comments

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for visiting.

  1. A fabulous series Ron! South East Asian markets have got to be the most interesting.

    1. Many of the Bazaars in India are pretty interesting too. Thank you Madhu.

  2. Your first ‘Victoria’s Secret’ image made me laugh, Ron. A very brave shot. 🙂 Fantastic photos of those markets, although the wriggly things in the wet market made me squirm a bit.

    1. The Victoria’s Secret ambience was missing for sure. Thanks Sylvia.

  3. Love the pails and the frogs especially Ron. I just wanna know what the heck you were doing shooting the bras!!!!! I think I”m starting to worry about you 🙂

    1. Well, I had never seen so many, so colorful, piled so high and just around the corner from the eels and frogs. 🙂

  4. A stunning collection- great photography and journey through asia.

    1. Thank you Francesca and thanks for stopping by.

  5. amazing! Very very nice! but why there is a kitten wandering on the vegetables??? I love kittens but I will not allow them to walk on my food, just saying. 😀

    1. I understand. But then the meats and seafood are not refrigerated either. These markets are very similar to much of the developing world.

      1. true :-D, there’s a lot like that here in the Philippines, but I still love it here. And still those are amazing captures 😀

  6. Oh my those are some amazing, albeit surprising market photos.Wow!

    1. Thanks Sue. I am happy you enjoyed the post.

      1. I’m afraid I would have let out some serious squeals walking by the assorted offerings. Wow!

  7. Great series of shots ~ shots of life and pretty much covers what living is all about. Work, friends, eating, and enjoying all the things around you. Well done Ron, really enjoyed this series.

    1. Thanks Randall. I would think Hong Kong still has similar markets. Do you ever wander through any?

      1. So true, Hong Kong has great market, especially in the Kowloon section. Walk through them a few weeks ago (after not being there for quite some time)…really a great sight. I should get out and shoot them, very strange I have not done that in my decade+ over here! Cheers.

  8. how vivid and alive these pictures are!

  9. Love your World Cups, Ron. So funny. 🙂 Also, you really capture the variety in the Vietnamese markets. They eat things we would never consider eating in a million years. It’s fascinating to see though!

    1. Imagine what they will be selling in the markets in China. Can’t wait for you to show us. As always, thanks Cathy.

      1. I can’t wait to find out, Ron! It should be interesting, that’s for sure!

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