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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  • Very crowded, but fun. Just think to take a bottle of water, since it is very hot there and humid. Funny to bargain, just on some places there the price is fixed, however, sometimes even cheaper as so...  more »
  • Store repeat high, relatively no creative but can taste authentic snacks, meal is not wrong and walk tired can rest foot is a good choice, recommendations are more than three home!
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  • This is the must visit in HCM city. Has lots of good local food stalls and plenty of great shopping for local products and handicrafts! We enjoyed shopping there.  more »
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  • Good market to walk around, but they cheat foreigners all the time. The price differences are crazy. If you want something... take a photo and ask a Vietnamese to do it- Honestly. As for food... I gave the money. She didn't give me the correct change. She knew, but expected me not to know. So, my advice. Drinks are around 20k to 30k Food between 50 to 90k. So have the money ready before you go. Don't get messed about! And if you buy noodles and then they push you to buy desserts from their friends shop, which they forcibly moved you to... Don't buy it. That's crooked. Press LIKE for more updates.
  • What a cool place to shop. Even if you don't plan to buy anything you have to come look around. If you are going to buy something, this place is where to go to put your negotiation skills to the test. The merchants here will all try to sell you pretty much the same things at different prices. Pro tip: never buy from the first merchant, never except the first offer, always inspect items before you buy for any flaws or imperfections. Overall I'm happy with the quality of my $10 "Gucci" bag. Haha
  • Just a market to do some bargaining. If you talked it down to half the offer. Congratulations. You still got ripped off. But it's fun. Plus at night the set up shop on the streets. This place is cleaner and safer than ban thay. But just a market
  • This is a place for people who can bargain. Because it's very crowded and things are over priced. Use your bargaining skills and get it down 1/3 of actual price. Take a walk around first and get to know the price and how people are dealing. I cracked few deal which is best comparing the price in India. Take bottle of water because it will be humid. You can get some of the best Vietnamese meals from the food market which is at the same compound.
  • This historical market locates right in the great of the city. Great place to checkout. You can find pretty much everything, from everyday items, clothes, fresh fruits, fresh meat, fresh seafood, souvenirs, foods... I mean everything. Great touristy market.

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