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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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  • Waste of time. Full of knock off Chinese goods. There is a food area but very crowed and hard to determine the good from not so good. Be prepared for hard sell, grabbing you by the arm and not... 
    Waste of time. Full of knock off Chinese goods. There is a food area but very crowed and hard to determine the good from not so good. Be prepared for hard sell, grabbing you by the arm and not...  more »
  • Very busy little market. Definitely a must go! You can’t visit Vietnam without making your way through a market. There is a lot of the same thing but there is so much to choose from! Cheap as well... 
    Very busy little market. Definitely a must go! You can’t visit Vietnam without making your way through a market. There is a lot of the same thing but there is so much to choose from! Cheap as well...  more »
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  • 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.
  • You can buy literally anything from this market. I would suggest that you come during the day though as they close early. Maybe before 6pm. The prices are doubled or tripled for tourists so make sure to haggle. Souvenir shirts that are 300000 dong are actually half the price. We bought everything half the price they initially quoted from various stores. The durian is very good and you can eat it there. They will provide plastic gloves and tissue. You can get a better price if you buy a items together. We bought freshly ground coffee and they gave us the cup for free.

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