One of the best things you can do during your visit to different countries is explore the local markets. There are so many things you can learn from such busy markets especially the local culture. Also, you can also have fun exploring in the authentic markets by finding some great foods, cheap shopping, and many more.
How to make the most of your time exploring local markets
It is such a fun experience to explore the local markets. However, it can overwhelming and intimidating too. The open-air markets especially in Asian countries are always buzzing with life and activities. It is one of the most significant places for local communities where they interact daily and build their relationships. And here are some tips for you to make the most of your time exploring authentic local markets:
Ignore the stare from the people
When you are a foreigner visitor or tourist exploring around local market, expect for a few stares here and there. The stare is not always harmful. Most of the times, the locals are curious about you just as you are about them. You can ignore it if it is uncomfortable but you can also use it to build your curiosity. You can try interact with them so you get to know their culture more.
It is best to explore the market early in the morning. Early rise vendors have more energy and patience before the crowd comes. Not to mention that the heat of the day sometimes makes them grumpier. Also, sometimes they give discounts or special price to the first buyer, considering it as their lucky sale.
Learn how to bargain
Haggling and bargaining is part of market life. It is important to learn how to negotiate. However, do not see it as a competition rather than a fun game. This way, you won’t think too much about feeling embarrassed or guilt. It may make you feel bad a little. But remember, the seller won’t agree to the price that can cause them a huge loss of money.
Explore deeper into the market
The locations of the vendors often relate to the price. For example, vendors located near the entrance usually sell things in more expensive price compared to the vendors that sell the same thing located deeper into the market. Hence, do not shy away to explore the market deeper. Maybe you will find some hidden gems and get the best deals.
Stay mindful and aware of your surroundings
Markets are often the places for scammers to get into action finding some victims, especially tourists. You will be seen as wealthy if you come as tourist. Hence, many scammers take advantage of that and make you overpay. Also, they sell cheap fakes and replicas so be mindful when you buy something. Avoid buying electronics, or expensive items in the local markets if you are unsure how to notice authenticity or originality of the products. You can enjoy the variety of foods instead.