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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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  • If you don't want to go crazy looking for something, here you have everything. That Yes, don't pay more d half d the t ask.
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  • I usually avoid tourist spots. Yet, each time visiting HCM, this indoor place has lured me with its trinkets and street food. Just be warned it's crowded and full of pushy vendors. But there are amazi...  more »
  • Typical touristy market filled with cheap junk being sold by unrelenting pushy rip off artists. Won't ever go back. 
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  • Depending on what you are seeking, you will either be in heaven or hell. The aggressiveness of sellers range from overly pushy, (including putting merchandise in you hands -- a primitively way to handcuff you) to polite, to I don't give a sh*t because I am glued to my cell phone. If you love the art of bargaining, eat a hearty breakfast, cause you are going to get a work out. The goods on sale tend to repeat themselves aisle after aisle. You can get everything here, from clothing, linens, coffee and tea by the pound, spices, incense, costume jewelry, fake Vietnamese War trinkets, a million souvenirs and more. And then some. A firm no thanks with a smile is your best line, if you are "just looking" and want to avoid interaction. There's a food area where you can sit down and eat and grab a cold drink. Take your camera. This is a photographer's paradise.
  • One of the oldest markets in Ho Chi Minh City, built by the French in colonial times. Lots of stuff is sold inside, from fresh food and household items to souvenirs. At night, the streets around the market are filled with street stalls and food stalls.
  • An interesting local experience. You can find some cheap fake items here. The haggling is good fun. You can't walk through and browse though you get constantly hassled.
  • Ben Than market is the place to go when you like to bargain and love the atmosphere and folklore of market halls, and want to buy budget stuff. In the periphery of the hall are areas with fixed prices, have a look there first - that should set the upperl limit when you visit the booths in the center, where bargaining is the normal way of trading. all kinds of clothes, street food, houseware, Be prepared for traders bugging you to buy more, and don't expect too high quality in all places.
  • I'm here on a Monday and it's open. Huge selection of stores though it gets repetitive as most stores sell similar items. Humid and warm. Good food court. And awesome vietnamese iced coffee.