"Cholon - Binh Tay Market" Chinatown Tip by Blatherwick

Chinatown, Ho Chi Minh City: 34 reviews and 41 photos

  Cholon Market
by Blatherwick

Cho Lon means "big market" and the Binh Tay Market is the largest market in Saigon's Chinatown. Much like Ben Thanh Market, the aisles are full of just about anything that you would need for the modern Vietnamese life. However, the prices are generally cheaper than Ben Thanh.

At the center of the market is a courtyard garden for you to escape the craziness of the shopping.

Although many Chinese fled after the fall of Saigon and the anti-capitalist, anti-Chinese campaigns of the late 1970s, the place still has a distinctly Chinese flavour. You can hear Chinese dialects being spoken and can easily find shark fin soup in the area.

Address: DL Hau Giang about 1 km SW of Chau Van Liem
Directions: Get on a moto or a taxi to get there. The market is actually in District 6 but is only 1 block away from District 5.
Phone: +84 166 913 3398
Website: http://www.visit-mekong.com/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/chinatown.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Oct 10, 2004
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Blatherwick Visits Here Frequently!


“I'm lost...again.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 6 0 6

Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City?

  Share Your Travels