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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. Find out how to plan Ho Chi Minh City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • It was an amazing place in Saigon to visit. We like it very much. We could buy some small gifts there but it was nice to see the daily life of local there 
    It was an amazing place in Saigon to visit. We like it very much. We could buy some small gifts there but it was nice to see the daily life of local there  more »
  • Not too bad...but a little expensive compared to what I know similar markets in China...anyhow bargain play a good role on it .. 
    Not too bad...but a little expensive compared to what I know similar markets in China...anyhow bargain play a good role on it ..  more »
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  • It is a bargain hunters delight! Stuff you can browse through while also having some hearty meals and juices you can spend an entire day here and buy everything or nothing. The options spoil you for choice. Most ladies run the shops and they are smart as a whip. They will bargain with you and yet make you feel happy about the sale. We got some very good bargains. We did meet the one odd shop keeper who was offended when we did not buy from her but overall the people were really nice & helpful. The local guides will tell you about bargain steals at the night market. It's hogwash. You get equally good deals in the morning and more options. Spend the evenings enjoying the local vibe at a pub or eatery.
  • This market caters to tourists. Most of the vendors have similar stocks. It's best to roam around first and bargain for the best price. Majority of the vendors are friendly, not pushy at all and do check out the food stalls. Great selections of items to choose from. Overall, I give this market a 9/10.

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