Fish Market (Bakau)


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Fish Market (Bakau)

At around 4pm every day, fishing boats that sail out to sea in the morning come back with the catch of the day. Watching locals trade is an experience in itself, even if you yourself aren't exactly looking to stock up on raw seafood (although it certainly is recommended - bring your fish of chice back to the hotel and have the chef cook it for you at a moderate fee).


One rule to remember when shopping in Gambia is to be ruthless at haggling - in most cases, prices may be brought down by at least one-third of the original number. Neither Banjul nor its surroundings offer much of the western-style shopping some travelers may be expecting to find - there are little to none of glass display stores or shopping centres, with most shopping carried out at local markets or straight off hawker stalls. Items worth bringing back home include woodwork (masks, especially), fabrics, traditional jewelry and crafts, and even local treats and foodstuffs.