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Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

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Ben Thanh Market will tickle your senses with the vivid colors of pottery and textiles, the strong scents of spices and fresh fruit, and the enticing aromas of freshly cooked food. One of the oldest landmarks and the biggest market in the city, it was established in the mid-19th century by French colonialists. The current building, which dates from 1912, underwent some renovations in 1985. Walk among the stalls piled floor to ceiling with colorful goods including local handicrafts that make good souvenirs. View the "fixed price" signs as a suggestion and bargain like a local if something catches your eye. Note that prices are slightly higher than in other markets. Find out how to plan Ho Chi Minh City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Lots of stores haver closed since the lock down but it's picking up. Drink stores are friendly and worth it on a hot day 20k. Tops range from 50-150k for the sportswear, anything over that, someone....  more
    Lots of stores haver closed since the lock down but it's picking up. Drink stores are friendly and worth it on a hot day 20k. Tops range from 50-150k for the sportswear, anything over that, someone....  more »
  • This market offers traditional Vietnamese experiences in the heart of Saigon, however lately it caters more towards foreign tourists (which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences). Ben... 
    This market offers traditional Vietnamese experiences in the heart of Saigon, however lately it caters more towards foreign tourists (which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences). Ben...  more »
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  • Vi virus not much shop or people
  • As a foreigner, if you need to talk to the merchants in English or Chinese or any language, they will speak it to you at ease. They are also hospitable and some will even give you tips and guides. However some other merchants will attempt to rip you off. The ones in the central area ironically is cheaper and provide better offers than the inner ones but your mileage will vary. Didn’t feel THAT ripped off although probably this is a tourist trap area lol. Good range of products from food to drinks to clothes to souvenirs.

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