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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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  • Heaps of stuff to buy in a big area Staff wont let you leave unless you buy something from there shop (they are very pushy) best to literally run away from them  more »
  • Total khaos as you walk through the vendors pull you shirt, what you want, you buy from me, not for the faint of heart but fun bargaining if you are up to it. Great night market outside, kind of awkwa...  more »
  • This market is absolutely huge! And contains everything you could possibly think of, from dried kiwi to the latest pair of Nike runners. The sellers at the stalls are very very pushy, calling you as s...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crowded over the weekend. Tourist can sourverneirs locals can buy everyday thing. This is a big market and caters to everyone. There are small food stalls and lot of fruit stalls. It smells a little inside due to different kind of food items being sold. But its okay. Buy coffee, chilli sauce, dried items and rice crackers. A must visit place.
  • Fun place to check out a market in Vietnam. Fair warning, this place is very pricey, however the interior perimeter will have sales people dressed in blue uniforms, they will sell things the cheapest. The interior area may have mementos from other regions in Vietnam that is worth purchasing if you don't plan on traveling to those other regions. Also weary of the coffee, dried food, etc. that you may want to bring back home, they maybe fake, inedible and possibly illegal to bring back. On the subjects of illegal things to bring back might be the snake wines with endangered species in them. Also same with endangered butterflies. If you are staying at a hotel, people there should know what you can take back with you on a plane. The sales people at this market will say anything to make a sell so be careful. Also if you want to make a suit or dress or something custom in general you might be able to get away with some sub-par bespoke item but if you have a few days you may want to venture out maybe a mile at most to see other custom tailoring stores. They are more professional and will take the time to make a quality item. If you plan on going to Hoi An you should just have all your tailoring items made there. Oh there is a night market here too that would be fun to visit. Nothing too special, everything seems overpriced but still cheaper than home. Again if you don't plan on going anywhere else then this would be the place to purchase souvenirs otherwise any other location would be cheaper, higher quality, and with less stressful sales people.
  • Local landmark that doubles as a touristy nightmare. The stalls on the perimeter sell gifts for tourists at a fixed price. These stalls are pretty clearly marked. The stalls in the interior require some bargaining skill to get anywhere near a reasonable price on the goods being sold. There are also a good number of touts and the like trying to steer your business this way or that.

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