Ben Thanh Market

Shopping Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 30-03-2016

06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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Apparel & Accessories
Food & Spirits
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Art & Handmade
Local souvenir
2.00 USD

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Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in District 1.

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Why Ben Thanh Market is special ?

Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. Being a bustling market in the daytime and a social center after sunset, Ben Thanh Market is absolutely a must-see attraction of the most dynamic city of Vietnam.Bến Thành Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and one of symbols of Hồ Chí Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

In the morning, you can find almost everything from dry food to clothes for a reasonable price. The market atmosphere can sometime be a real hustle and bustle, but it is an exciting experience after all. However, always remember that bargain is a must in any Vietnamese market.

From late afternoon until late night, the shops inside the market are closed, but several restaurants are open outside on the surrounding streets. These small yet interesting restaurantscan offer you a variety of choices: bubble teas, grills, seafood, etc. When you are tired of eating, stand up and take a walk along the neighborhood which has in no time transformed into a night market full of lights and glamour.

Ben Thanh Market is possibly the most well-known symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, showing up in a large number of publications, movies, online articles. Why it is so? Because your trip to Ho Chi Minh City cannot be completed without a visit to Ben Thanh market to experience the “real Vietnam”!


What to explore at Ben Thanh Market?

There are over 3000 vendor stalls in Ben Thanh. Everything from ceramics, clothes, watches, lighters, t-shirts, coffee, handbags, shoes, conical hats, custom made suits and dresses to noodle soup and fruit smoothies is sold here. Both vendors inside and hawkers outside Ben Thanh Market are somewhat aggressive so be prepared to politely decline or ignore their frequent terse sales pitches should you not be ready to buy at first sight.


How to get to Ben Thanh Market?

The best way to get the market is by taxi. Or you can take bus no.39 towards Ben Thanh Market.

Selling points

  • Market shopping at its best
  • The old traditional market
  • A great experience, especially for the food
  • Bargain skill need ! but very local charm
  • Awesome market
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Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • You need bring your camera to caught the local life in the market.
  • Wear light clothing. It is hot inside Ben Thanh Market due to lack of proper ventilation. And bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated if necessary.
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  • Watch your valuables. The aisles are narrow. And there may be pickpockets.
  • You should be careful with your belongings.
  • Go shop before 8 am in the morning because goods sold at this time are at a lower price than usual. Lower price at the beginning of the day is believed to bring good luck for the rest of transaction day.
  • Mark your choice of stalls. You won't get lost definitely. But in case you decided to return to the previous stall whose vendor offered better price, you may find it challenging since the stalls tend to look about the same.
  • The stall owners, especially young ladies would touch you, pull you by your arms, drag you into their stalls, tug your shirt while saying "Sir, come and look, it's cheap!" or "What you are looking for?". But they do not mean anything harm. So get used to taps and pokes and do not easily look back in anger.
  • Bargain! Bargain! Bargain! Goods are often inflated up to three times from the original price. Either you go to at least another three to four stalls to compare prices OR you bargain like there is no tomorrow.
  • You should avoid coming here in rush hours or early afternoon, it’s so hot and crowed.


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You will get lost in the market as it is huge. It is a square market with demarcated areas for Foos, flowersm souvenirs and leather goods. But remember where you enter from and make that your landmark. There is also a food stall market where you sit and have your meal. There is no Halal foos shops in there. If you only have 24 hours to shop, especially of you want to get the Malay Baju Kurung & the Tudung Fareeda and Telekung Solat, go outside the BenTanh market you will find the prices cheaper and more variety for the Baju Kurung and Tudung. Go to the market only for casual shirts and children's clothes. I bought italian materials to make work shirts. They are TOP quality. If they quote you XX for a metre only, bargain to get XX for 2 metres. That is half price. You need to bargain and it is fun. The shop keepers like the bantering and it is hilarious. There is a night market outside the Ben Thanh after 6pm. For Malaysians looking for a good bargain at the nite market, you will find that the nite market is even cheaper for Baju Kurung, Jubah and Tudung Fareeda.

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It is said you can buy almost everything here.

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