Stroll Around Ben Thanh Market

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

About Stroll Around Ben Thanh Market In Ho Chi Minh City

Strolling around Ben Thanh Market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is like stepping into a vibrant microcosm of Vietnamese culture, offering an authentic and sensory-rich experience. As one of the oldest and most iconic landmarks in the city, the market is not just a place for commerce; it’s a bustling hub of daily life, local flavors, and cultural exchanges.

The market’s iconic clock tower welcomes visitors into a labyrinth of stalls, each bursting with colors, aromas, and sounds. Inside, you’ll find a vast array of goods ranging from fresh produce and seafood to handicrafts, textiles, clothing, and souvenirs. It’s a perfect place to pick up traditional Vietnamese items like silk fabrics, hand-embroidered textiles, lacquerware, and aromatic spices.

Food is an essential part of the Ben Thanh Market experience. The market is a haven for foodies, offering a plethora of street food stalls and eateries where you can indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Sample local specialties such as pho (noodle soup), banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), fresh spring rolls, and an assortment of sweet treats. It’s an excellent opportunity to taste a variety of dishes in one place, each offering a glimpse into the regional flavors of Vietnam.

Navigating the market is also a chance to engage with the friendly vendors, many of whom are happy to share stories about their products or offer a lesson in the art of bargaining—a common practice in Vietnamese markets. The bustling atmosphere, filled with the chatter of locals and tourists alike, adds to the market’s charm and vibrancy.

Visiting Ben Thanh Market is more than just a shopping trip; it’s an immersive cultural journey that offers insights into the local lifestyle, traditional crafts, and the culinary delights of Vietnam. Whether you’re there to shop, eat, or simply soak in the atmosphere, Ben Thanh Market promises a memorable and quintessentially Saigonese experience.

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Stroll Around Ben Thanh Market Reviews

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Trevor Whiting
I really enjoyed walking through this market. It’s definitely more of the same with the vendors trying their best to entice you to buy anything. The market is also quite well organized with the walkways quite wide and very easy to navigate. The fresh produce section on the one side is definitely not for the squeamish. Avoid if you are so inclined. The market is under roof but no AC only a few fans doing their best.
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KW On The Go
Ben Thant market is one of the popular spot in HCMC. There are many local stuff that you can find inside the market . Tourist and local likes to visit this market during weekend.There are many food stall inside the market, if you wanted to have the local food you can get them all from here.Many kind of local delicacies and also coffee can find inside the market , they will sell you the been and blend into the coffee powder for you.Highly recommended to visit here if you are looking for some local food or local stuff and souvenir .
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Edwin Petrus
Bến Thành Market is located in the center of Ho Chí Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. It is a traditional market for the locals and yet souvenir markets for the tourists. Size of the market is quite large and accommodate a lot of local products store. Some local delicacies can be found here as well.With the new upcoming metro line, it is directly connected to the city rail line. The bus interchange is within walking distance from here. E-hailing services may be used to reach this place. Tourists who stay at District 1 hotels, this market is just within walking distance.
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A must when you're in Saigon. It's an historic market that is still operational. The atmosphere is chaotic, hot and stuffy, plus the cheekiness of the vendors add to the charm of this place. Head towards the collection of food vendors too, for a delicious fix of local Vietnamese treats. It's my favourite part of this place.
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Jane McPherson
If you want a cultural experience and you are up for a haggle then you have to check out the Ben Thanh Market. The well land put maze of produce and items is wonderful to walk through and discover all the items for sale. Don't get caught up being sold something you don't want!Make sure to haggle then down in price. Start at 50% of what they state then work with them from there. If they aren't interested then walk away. Lots of take offs and trinkets to search through.Or just a place to wander through and explore. Was about a 10mins walk from the Opera House if you're staying in District 1.