"Not as Humid as Chatuchak but expensive here!" Ben Thanh Market Tip by machomikemd
Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City: 83 reviews and 153 photos
You Must be very good in Haggling unless you want to be gouged as the prices are jacked up (from 200 to 300% of the price for westerners and japanese and korean tourists). Ben Thanh market was founded since the French occupation in the 19th century. It was originally located on the bank of Ben Nghe River near Gia Din Fort until 1899 when it was moved to the present location. The market is now standing at the intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi and Tran Hung Dao Avenue ? the centre of the city. Almost every road in the city is connected to the market. The main gate of the market is a yellow clock tower that becomes the symbol of the city.
Inside is a tightly organized grid of aisles, arranged according to product. Clothes, shoes and fabric dominate the front, before giving over to kitchenware, cooked food, fresh vegetables and a somewhat alarming display of seafood and meat (some of it still alive). There is plenty for the visitor to buy, but the main attraction is the way in which the bustling market is still very much part of the city's life and economy.
Opens 6:00 am to 6:30 pm Everyday.
Address: Le Loi, Ham Nghi and Tran Hung Dao Avenue
Directions: intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi and Tran Hung Dao Avenue, District 1, Sai Gon
Phone: +84 8 3829 2096
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