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Ben Thanh Market

Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, and Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam |

Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh Market sells everything in a packed grid. Clothes and fabric in front give way to kitchenware and souvenirs, backing on to food and produce. Be prepared as sellers here are particularly intense. There are cheaper markets in town, but Ben Thanh's history and central Saigon location make it a popular stop for tourists.

Ben Thanh Market is one of the best tourist attractions in HCMC. 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.

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The market moves outside in the early evening, a great place to have dinner.

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Ho Chi Minh City
Distance to City Center: 11 m
Distance to Airport: 5 km
Distances are approximate
Opening hour:
  • From 5:30 am to 5:30 pm
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