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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  • this is the place where you can get anything to everthing for a cheap price. you need to bargain too. asked around a few shops before buying. they sell clothes, tailoring, tea, snacks, dry and wet foo...  more »
  • We popped in here briefly. Granted we visited in mid May. But it was stifling inside. Looks like typical market one can find in many Asia cities. We preferred to spend more time in museums.  more »
  • This is a big market hall selling a variety of goods, from copy watches to dried food like candies, nuts and coffee powder. Do visit the area outside where there are shops selling clothings, shoes, fo...  more »
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  • An interesting place, no doubt. All the merchants who sell the same stuff are in cahoots, that much is clear - so don't be fooled that this some amazing competitive market. In saying that though, the real competition is between you and the seller. Start with a quarter of what they initially offer (or if you're ruthless a fifth) and be prepared to work up to a third or maximum half. As others have said, be polite, smile, but also be firm. It's very crowded, hot and noisy... Know what you want when you're going in and get out as soon as you can. Above all, be friendly - you're a tourist - this is their country so don't act like a jerk and keep an open mind.
  • Listen, when you visit Vietnam, you're going to experience a lot of contrasts. The Ben Thanh market is no exception. Deals are plentiful and amazing, but sizes are meaningless. 50% is a good offer of the initial price, but don't be afraid to walk away. It seems safe, but be polite. I saw some rude tourists getting yelled at by frustrated merchants. This is not Beverly Hills, it's not Mexico. Be patient, willing to learn, and friendly. Smiles are very important.
  • If you're a tourist and want the experience, this can be an exciting place to go. If you're not used to bargaining for prices, the experience can be overwhelming. Make sure you understand the exchange rate. For souvenirs, we were able to find better deals when we went outside of this city. Of the places we visited, I would recommend getting any gifts in Hoi An; it was much less there than what we paid here, for the same items.
  • For your shopping needs - however, be mindful when getting the prices of the goods as sellers tend to sell it at a more expensive prices since you are a tourist. It's a good deal if you find a good dealer and a nice local to help you out when buying here. Also, beware of all the copied items some will say it is original but it is not 100% true. Organized. Neat place to shop. Can be really loud.
  • Good place to hang around in ho chi Minh. Good for some shopping ..make sure you bargain hard. Else they will take you for a ride. Say prices 50% of the tag and bargain to strike the deal. Don't become emotional with them. Stick to the price in your mind and move on. If they have minimal profit from your price ..they will call you back and close the deal. Some goods are good qualities..not like Chinese cheap goods. There are good food stalls and bars. Also pick up cut fruits from this market..you will find in Street as well as inside the building. Have fun.
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