Ben Thanh Market

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh City Reviews

carmen_gaso carmen_g…
1 reviews
Too Expensive Sep 30, 2015
We decided to check this place on our 4th day in Ho Chi Minh. The vendors gave us sky high prices for items that looks cheaper than their Ben Than Market prices. We bought several items as souvenirs but felt that we still paid a lot. Some lady was selling souvenir shirts for 150K VND each. Some knock off shoes are being sold at 1,300,000 VND.

The only regret that we have is that we bought a lot of items in the market, when in fact, the same items are being sold at a fraction of their price at the boutiques/ stalls in Bui Vien street.

Tip: If you'll book for a hotel near Bui Vien street , you might as well check the items in the stalls nearby and skip the market. We scored souvenir shirts (with nicer designs) for only 75,000 VND. I was also able to purchase a nice set of table place mats for only 100k VND.

Visited January 2015
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sarahney sarahney
1 reviews
Pricey May 31, 2011
It's hot,overcrowded place.people would push you around..They close at 6.00 pm.But at night they set up night markets and food stalls arround that area.

You need to have Bargening skill! Price can be lower up to 50%!!
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great atmosphere Mar 18, 2010
When you are visiting the wonderful HCMC, you have to stop off at Ben Thanh market. It is smack bang in the middle of the city and still has this traditional hustle and bustle about it that is in stark contrast to the highly industrialised areas surrounding it. There are just so many marker traders here, selling everything from food and drink, clothes, flip flops and shoes as well as items that would make for nice souvenir things. The place gets a high tourist footfall, so don’t be surprised if many of the prices seem a little inflated. As long as you’ve done your homework, or been in a few towns and cities before arriving in HCMC, you should have a fair idea of what a reasonable price for something is. It’s open during the day but seems to have a night market too. Whether you need a snack or something to drink, or replace a few things in your backpack or buy something for friends and family, a trip here should be on your checklist when visiting HCMC.
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blondofborg blondofb…
6 reviews
No bringing order to this chaos... that's half the fun Apr 03, 2008
Well worth a wander, and a lot easier to navigate than similar markets in say, Bangkok. Offerings are somewhat homogenised and the whole place starts to feel a little indistinct after a while. But still there are some good buys to be found here. Don't expect great quality and do be prepared to bargain, aggressively. It's a lot easier to take the seller's price down to the ground (seriously, start at 20% of the asking price!) then work your way up. Don't feel guilty or insulting about this, it's expected (you may hear some polite chuckling from other sellers watching if you don't). Bargaining is of course standard across SE Asia, but here it reaches a new height. That said, we had more fun here than at some other markets around the region, and returned more than once for the sheer enjoyment of it.

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