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Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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2.6/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • The are able to buy came 10 years ago, saw more slowly, but then every time I come every year sales shop, walked to the front of the shop, just what you want? It's how many you want? I'm cheap, I lose. And don't mind will let want to look because it comes up saying you want to stop by. Shopping while negotiating so real, say from the very high amount of facts. Slowly, you want to decide what you want in? This cute watch slowly by pushing against the hobby shop. I would look carefully at the Ben Thanh market and the same price if you can buy at the supermarket can be 10 minutes.
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  • One of the biggest markets of Ho Chi Minh. Mainly clothes, souvenirs and food. After more than an hour.
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  • Nothing that we didnt see in other Vietnamese markets... Very annoying sellers that shout at you and tuch you. Its a closed building but its boiling hot inside. If you dont have a good reason, pass. 
  • Over rated place. Overpriced wares and gold digger sellers out to overcharge tourists. The North end of the Ben Thanh market has fixed priced shops by the Ben Thanh business group. Visit those shops and avoid getting conned. The night market outside Ben Thanh is an even bigger rip off
  • A must visit in Ho Chi Minh. I have always take it as a challenge to to test my negotiation skills with the traders in the market. Ranges from the hard negotiation to the cajoling and indefatigable traders persistent in closing their sale of the day - fun exercises for the tourist. Items ranges from clothing, textiles, curios, leather goods (wallet, belts) to coffee powder and grounded coffee beans. Notwithstanding that it is a tourist attraction, you can get pretty decent deals here (and make good friends with the traders)! Bonus tip : You can find really good massages within 5 mins walk of the market.
  • Great market if your upto negotiting your way to a good price. Really adds to the experienceof being in HCM.
  • Overpriced, the sellers mostly are rude, disrespectful to customers especially Vietnamese. Uneducated employees ruined our mood. Not highly recommended. Do not try because I've never came back for a second try.
  • overpriced stuff, annoying salesladies. only good thing here are food stalls- tasty and cheap
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