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Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

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Ben Thanh Market will tickle your senses with the vivid colors of pottery and textiles, the strong scents of spices and fresh fruit, and the enticing aromas of freshly cooked food. One of the oldest landmarks and the biggest market in the city, it was established in the mid-19th century by French colonialists. The current building, which dates from 1912, underwent some renovations in 1985. Walk among the stalls piled floor to ceiling with colorful goods including local handicrafts that make good souvenirs. View the "fixed price" signs as a suggestion and bargain like a local if something catches your eye. Note that prices are slightly higher than in other markets. Find out how to plan Ho Chi Minh City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Lots of stores haver closed since the lock down but it's picking up. Drink stores are friendly and worth it on a hot day 20k. Tops range from 50-150k for the sportswear, anything over that, someone....  more
    Lots of stores haver closed since the lock down but it's picking up. Drink stores are friendly and worth it on a hot day 20k. Tops range from 50-150k for the sportswear, anything over that, someone....  more »
  • This market offers traditional Vietnamese experiences in the heart of Saigon, however lately it caters more towards foreign tourists (which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences). Ben... 
    This market offers traditional Vietnamese experiences in the heart of Saigon, however lately it caters more towards foreign tourists (which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences). Ben...  more »
  • Authentic market place in Ho Chi Minh City and a must see when you are visiting the city. The assortment is amazing and the prices are very friendly for US and European standards. 
    Authentic market place in Ho Chi Minh City and a must see when you are visiting the city. The assortment is amazing and the prices are very friendly for US and European standards.  more »
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  • Vi virus not much shop or people
  • As a foreigner, if you need to talk to the merchants in English or Chinese or any language, they will speak it to you at ease. They are also hospitable and some will even give you tips and guides. However some other merchants will attempt to rip you off. The ones in the central area ironically is cheaper and provide better offers than the inner ones but your mileage will vary. Didn’t feel THAT ripped off although probably this is a tourist trap area lol. Good range of products from food to drinks to clothes to souvenirs.
  • Crazy huge market, the food vendors serve up delicious food - very inexpensive. It's a tourist trap, tons of things you don't need. If your looking for knock off goods this is the place. I recommend when bartering negotiate 1/3 of what they're asking for a a start. If you don't get close to the 1/2 of the price walk away... I like it, fun to see and people watch :)
  • As people are saying, embrace yourself to bargain a lot. Don't fall for the first seller. Try to cut the price as low as possible and then say, I'm not sure, let me think, etc. When walking away they will definitely stop you and will accept your deal. HOWEVER, don't fall yet. Say, okay, I like it, but let me come back to you in 5 mins. Then walk around and explore what are other places saying. Places next to the entry and exits always asks for more than deeper inside the market. But most importantly - bargain, bargain, bargain. Don't believe a single thing they say about their lowest price and how "little" profit they will make of proposed price. Second of all, if you are a foreigner but understand Vietnamese, you will hear the sellers swearing a lot and being very rude. None of them are worth your sympathy, they work in the busiest market in town. Quality of products is so so. A photo of a swimming shorts I've bought.
  • No different from any Vietnamese market. One sees the same merchandise everywhere. My best guess is that most of it comes from China. The prices are good. The quality is questionable. A great place to visit on s rainy or very hot day!

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