It’s literally impossible to not get to Ben Thanh because it’s used as a landmark when it comes to addressing other locations of the city. Ben Thanh Market is situated in District 1 in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City at the intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tan Hung and Le Lai streets. There are many stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or have a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. Whatever you see a local wearing, eating or using, you will be able to find it within their stalls. No matter what it is they sell, and whichever market it is you go to, your experience will be unique and hard to replicate elsewhere in the world.
You should go to the market in morning to pick up some bargains such as lacquer ware, bamboo goods, arts and crafts as well as the clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods. Spices, nuts and local fruits heavily scent the air which is also filled with the chatter of tourists and locals haggling for bargains. However, some items will be strictly fixed price that you shouldn’t bargain.
When night falls, restaurants around the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats.Go ahead to Ben Thanh Market in the evening where you can be served many street style local food or so eateries that surround the market building. Chefs will cook in front of you with an endless array of cuisine choices including vegetarian noodles, fresh seafood, crispy rice pancakes and steamed cakes.
Ben Thanh Market
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00
Address: Le Loi, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Tel: +84 83 521 0004
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