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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. Put Ben Thanh Market at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder.
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  • Good for first time visitors. Beware of aggressive sales, many shops selling same stuff. But you can get good buys if u bargain hard!  more »
  • This is a typical Asian flea market. With an abundance of knock goods for sale. Just remember to barter hard with them. Don't feel bad coming back with low ball offers. If it's 1.000.000 dong come bac...  more »
  • I loved this place and really enjoyed bargaining. I had a little sheet that had the price in dong and the equivalent for my country so that I knew what I was prepared to pay and it helped! Don't be af...  more »
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  • Busy open market place. It's good to visit just to know what it is. There are lots of gifts and stuff to choose from, there are lots of food. What I do not like is the haggle of the price on everything. The ordeals of dealing with the seller pulling you to buy their stuff ... It's stress me out. If you can deal with those above hassles, and happy that you haggled the items half of the asking price, and still feel good some shops down the hall offer half price you just paid for, it's a good place to go. Good experience s, by all means, give this place a try when you nearby.
  • Another favourite market for tourist. Always crowded. With local and foreigners. Vietnam Handicraft, textile and TShirt can be found here. As you enter, the stall in the outer ring are run by the authorities so it fixed price and quality assured. As go in further the are free traders, so you have know how to bargain. The quality to varies with the price. The market Close in the evening, but roadside stall take over, same product on sale till midnight.
  • If you do not like being pressured into buying goods then you will struggle going through this market. If you can get past this then you will enjoy a amazing experience full of colour, smells and sights. Know how to walk away if you believe the price too high, remembering that the difference in the Dong is merely cents in a lot if occasions. Fresh meat market next to clothing with live frogs in a bags along with pales of sea cucumbers and giant Tiger Prawns. I enjoyed it and will go back I'm sure.
  • Interesting market located near the back packing area. You'll find everything you don't really need for a high price - negotiate and you'll get maybe a discount -50 to 70%. I really liked the flower shops which had great flower arrangements and the fresh sea food and meat area. It was very interesting to see but could be hard for vegetarians. It's not really a must see sight but when you're around go for it. I guess you've probably seen all the stuff on your trip before.
  • Great place to come to visit and survey. This is a place targeting tourists, so prices are really elevated, especially food. However, this place do have a lot of variety of products. One way could be just to survey what you want to buy and then go to Chinatown market and buy it there. The market in the morning has an inside food court, which is rather expensive for local standards. At night, the entire area around the area becomes like a night street market. Good place to visit. Always bargain hard. It's expected.

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