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Ben Thanh Market

Bến Thành Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Jan 21, 2014

    So many exotic eats! This is the hub of cheap shopping in Vietnam!!! All tourists congregate to the Ben Thanh Market for cheap goods and great eats! Crossing the circle street around the market is a chore in itself, as hundreds of scooters drive by every which way. The market sells thousands of cheap goods, but get ready to haggle and bargain with the ultra-aggressive salespeople. Tourists can buy lots of great souvenirs here for cheap-as-dirt prices, such as $1.50-$2 T-Shirts, that use the word, "Pho" in so many different forms, some that come out hilariously, like "Pho King", "iPho", "I Love Pho", etc. The food court is also amazing, as there is so much to eat there!!! Once the Ben Thanh Market closes down around 7, outside the building transforms into the equally busy Night Market, where vendor shops suddenly spring up and occupy the once busy streets! Amazing transformation!!! If you're a tourist, make sure you come by the Ben Thanh Market and be ready to be overwhelmed by all the cheap and fake goods to your heart's content!

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    5 Jan 02, 2014

    the market has a wide variety of local products and food stalls. My favourite Pho of all Vietnam was on this market's stall, amazing experience! would definitelly return to Sgn for this Pho!

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    4 Jan 02, 2014

    A good market which could probably end up being your one-stop souvenir shopping destination. Be prepared to bargain hard.

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    3 Jan 02, 2014

    Ben Thanh Market is one of the biggest markets in Saigon. Only Cholon can rival Ben Thanh in its size and scope. They sell everything here from clothes to luggage to other assorted knick knacks. However, be prepared to bargain hard. The sellers always see their fair share of foreigners here and will be relentless in negotiating prices, so be prepared to bargain back.

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    4 Oct 18, 2013

    Huge and maze-like, this indoor market has some order among the chaos. Different sections of the warehouse cater to your various needs and wants—clothing, souvenirs, furniture, food, etc. You could spend hours in here. Bargain hard!

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    4 Apr 14, 2014

    Oh gosh, I spent so much time in Ben Thanh. You can find so many things here! I picked up souvenir T-shirts, "fob pajamas", fake eyelashes, wood carvings, and a purse. You can even eat at a food stand or get your eyebrows threaded. Don't forget to haggle hard!

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    Bryant Tran
    4 Nov 16, 2012

    lots of tourist are here! you can find lots of unqiue product. if you are tourist, make sure you take some local people along with you to prevent rip off.

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    4 Oct 13, 2012

    A popular market to check out. They sell all sorts of food and goods--perfect for souvenir shopping. Do bargain! I like stopping by for che (a Vietnamese dessert). There are a million stalls that sell che, but not all are as good. The one that I like best (recommended by relatives who live there), is at stalls 1154/1130. The name is Quan Be Che. If you're interested in asian snacks like tamarind candy, stop by Kim Ngan at stalls 1309-1311.

    Random tip: Check ou the beauty products. If you want to stock up on fake eyelashes, you can buy a box of 10 sets for about $1.50 (20,000 - 30,000 VND).

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    Crisafulli
    3 Dec 13, 2013

    Surging with browsers, shoppers, sellers, and all their unimaginable wares piled ceiling high, the Cho Ben Thanh Market is a centerpoint for curious Saigon travelers. Prices are marked up oftentimes 100% to persuade haggling so unless you don't mind getting gouged, bargain hard. The constant attention toward foreigners from the shopkeepers can be exhausting, "Sir, where you from? Where you from?" but the endless maze of goods and foodstuffs is downright thrilling to witness. Pickpockets and scam artists abound, even outside the market walls, but if you're self-aware this can be an amazing day in an even better city.

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    Karima Danao
    3 Dec 13, 2013

    Quite busy but a must-visit if you like raiding bazaars. Wooden slippers custom-made to your size were a treat!

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Description:

The Bến Thành market is located in the heart of the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City. It is a popular market with tourist looking to buy clothing, food, fabric, collectibles and souvenirs. You can also eat in this market and there are plenty of traditional cuisine available. At night, this market is closed and the night market opens up around Ben Thanh.
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