Being one among the trade mark of Ho Chi Minh city, Ben Thanh Market located in Dist 1 is a great place to buy souvenirs including local handicrafts, branded goods and Vietnamese arts.Also, it’s where you can find eating stalls to get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much.
The market large and you could easily get lost wandering inside and a bit hot so better not to go there in the hottest parts of the day. The ideal time to pay a visit is at night when restaurants around the perimeter of the market start serving creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese.
Save your appetite and head to Ben Thanh Market in the evening to taste local street food at one of the 20 or so eateries surrounding the market building. Chefs cook in front of you with an endless array of cuisine choices including vegetarian noodles, fresh seafood, crispy rice pancakes and steamed cakes. You will be in great local company as most of the places thrive with locals enjoying a bite to eat and a quick drink on their way home from work.
If you love to do shopping heaven, come here in the early morning, you’ll have opportunities to pick up some bargains including lacquer ware, bamboo goods, arts and crafts. Also on sale are 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. Do note however that some items will be strictly fixed price.
The market is one of Ho Chi Minh’s most famous landmarks and is known by all taxi drivers, although if you are staying downtown check first to see if you can walk to it from your hotel as it’s very centrally located.
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