will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

Ben Thanh Market: "try the local market too" Ben Thanh Market Tip by richiecdisc

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City: 18 reviews and 32 photos

  chao tom or shrimp paste on sugar cane
by richiecdisc

Ben Thanh market is a great place to do some shopping before heading back home, especially if you are flying from Saigon. It is a busy place full of local flavor. We bought some Vietnamese coffee pots so we could buzz ourselves up after our return. While you are there, you may as well eat there as there are lots of great places that are cheap. The best part is you can see what you are getting and can just point.

Favorite Dish: We had bun chao tom. This is made by making a paste out of some spices, vegetables, and shrimp. This is then cooled to make it malleable. It is then formed around a sugar cane and grilled. This is then placed on a bowl of bun, thin rice vermicelli along with mint and coriander leaves and pickled vegetables. It may sound bizarre but it’s very tasty and worth a try for 25,000 dong (about $1.50) for two portions.

Address: corner of D Le Loi & D Ham Nghi
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: This is on the way between the Pham Ngu Lao area and either the Reunification Palace or the Dong Khoi area of town. It is easily reached on foot.
Phone: 84 8 3829 2096
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Feb 11, 2005
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“fairy tales can come true...”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 0 9

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City?

  Share Your Travels