Ho Chi Minh City Attraction: Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Bitexco Financial Tower in the background
Ben Thanh Market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Bitexco Financial Tower in the background

Looking for handicraft, apparel and street food? Then Ben Thanh Market, centrally located at District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, is not to be missed for anything authentically Vietnamese.

inside Ban Thanh Market
inside Ban Thanh Market
wet market section
wet market section

When shopping here, remember that bargaining is allowed. Personally, the rule of the thumb is, not to pay the asking price, but at the same time, not to offer too low.

souvenirs
souvenirs
souvenirs
souvenirs

As one of the oldest landmarks in the city, the bustling market built in 1914 is busy from morning till night, not only with tourists but also locals on their daily errands.

shopping time
shopping time
shopping for local fruits
shopping for local fruits

This shopping paradise is best visited with an empty stomach, because you surely need the tummy space to stuff yourself with mouth-watering local delicacies.

food and drinks stalls
food and drinks stalls

Ben Thanh Market reminds me a lot of Kim Yong Market in Hat Yai, Thailand; Labuan Central Market (Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia); Pasar Payang (Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia) and closer to home, Ipoh Central Market.

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