Ben Thanh Market

A Saigon landmark

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What we say: 4 stars

Arguably Saigon's most famous landmark, Ben Thanh market has occupied its present location in the heart of District 1 since 1912.

One of the larger markets in the city, it sells all variety of goods, including food, T-shirts, fabrics, souvenirs, kitchenware, spices, fruit, flowers, watches, jewellery - most of the stalls are crammed into its poorly lit interior.

A popular destination for tourists, expect to be hounded outside and in by vendors peddling their wares. In a recent move many of the shops in the market's outer and better lit area are have become fixed price only, with haggling not allowed.

Towards the back of the market several stalls sell a variety of street foods at a fair price. Stick around late for the night market, which takes over the surrounding streets.

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Opening Hours: Daily 06:00-18:00,18:00-22:00
Last updated: 20th February, 2012

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