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"Binh Thay Market, Cholon" Stores & Markets Tip by machomikemd

Stores & Markets, Ho Chi Minh City: 105 reviews and 170 photos

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In 1788, a group of Chinese from Pho and My Tho Islands came to Ben Nghe River Dike and founded a market which developed into the existent Binh Thay Market, offering a wide array of products. This is Vietnam’s Chinatown market. It is an attractive site for visitors to observe that lively atmosphere.

Cholon remains home to more than 500,000 people, many of whom are of Chinese origin. The area and its side-streets and markets provide an interesting glimpse of Sino-Vietnamese life, as the Vietnamese Chinese strive to retain there cultural traditions and language. In addition to temples, traditional apothecaries, fortune tellers and the like, some excellent Chinese food is available in Cho Lon.

A visit to Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thay Market reveals the city at its most vibrant, colourful and fun. This mighty market seems to go on for miles, crammed with every possible kind of fruit, vegetable, nut, fish, meat, cigarette, beer and so on. There are cloth shops with every type of silk in every colour and numerous types of cotton, wool and even tweed!

What to buy: Fabric shopping in Binh Thay Market is a serious treat and prices are usually wholesale. Give yourself at least an afternoon, if not an entire day, so you can take your time, stop for cold drinks and snacks regularly and avoid becoming hot and bothered!

The variety of goods here is positively astounding and will give you uncanny glimpses into modern Vietnamese life. Friendly bargaining should save you 20% to 40%, but don't take it too seriously - Vietnamese people very rarely get angry in public and they feel extremely embarrassed if you do.

Binh Thanh is in the center of Cholon. It is unquestionably the best market in Saigon. Besides a huge array of goods, the market provides a glimpse into everyday life in Saigon. Beware: you pay double (or triple) if you don't haggle.

What to pay: about 10 to 20% less than in the Touristy Benh Thanh Market in District 1!

Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Directions: Tran Hung Dao Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
othercontact: Fax: (848) 8355375 - 8307577
Phone: (848) 8336753 - 8359090
Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 11, 2007
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