Seafood Prices Soar as High as Multiple Millions in Vietnam Markets

Have you ever tried the deliciously tantalizing sea worms? These highly sought-after seafoods can fetch prices of up to several million dong. Let's dive deeper into this fascinating seafood dish.


In today’s internet community, it is not uncommon to find famous TikTokers reviewing a type of seafood known as sea bugs, which are causing quite a sensation. Find out more about this seafood, which costs several million dong, in the following article.

1What are sea bugs?

Sea bugs, also known as sea lice or sea louses, belong to the crustacean family, similar to shrimp and crab. They are usually found at depths of over 700m with temperatures averaging below 4 degrees Celsius, such as in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In Vietnam, sea bugs are typically concentrated in famous coastal areas like Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa.

The length of a sea bug ranges from 19 to 37cm, weighing about 1 to 2kg. When facing danger, they curl up inside their hard exoskeletons. Sea bugs have dark brown, rigid outer shells with grooves that make it easy for them to curl up.

Sea bugSea bug

Sea bugs are a type of seafood with many legs, resembling giant beetles, and they have small arched mouth structures with multiple teeth. The meat of sea bugs is quite scarce, mainly found under their hard exoskeletons, and is milky white in color. Sea bugs are typically cooked by steaming or grilling to preserve their fresh and delicious taste, which is rich, fragrant, and sweet, making them highly appealing.

Sea bugs belong to the crustacean family similar to shrimp and crabSea bugs belong to the crustacean family similar to shrimp and crab

2The price of sea bugs

Sea bugs thrive seasonally, so their price varies depending on the time of year. Since they are mainly sourced from nature, the cost of sea bugs is quite high.

The highest quantity of sea bugs is usually available from mid-March to the end of May, with prices ranging from about 1,700,000 to 2,000,000 dong per kilogram. In some places, they may be sold at prices ranging from 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 dong per kilogram.

The price of sea bugs is around 1,700,000 - 2,000,000 dong/kgThe price of sea bugs is around 1,700,000 – 2,000,000 dong/kg

Above is our article about sea bugs, a type of seafood that costs several million dong and is highly sought after by many people. You can experience the taste of sea bug meat at various seafood restaurants and eateries.