Ben Thanh Market

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  • Address: Le Lai Flea/ Street Markets, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free

Ben Thanh Market - Review

One of the busiest markets in town, aim for 50% off the first price quoted as there's a huge tourist mark up for the unwise.

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  • Ben Thanh Market Address: Le Lai Flea/ Street Markets, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Ben Thanh Market Timing: 24-hrs
  • Ben Thanh Market Price: Free
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Things to Know Before Visiting Ben Thanh Market

  • 16.23% of people who visit Ho Chi Minh City include Ben Thanh Market in their plan

  • 27.06% of people start their Ben Thanh Market visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ben Thanh Market

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

50.44% of people prefer walking in order to reach Ben Thanh Market

People normally club together Central Post Office and Barbecue Garden while planning their visit to Ben Thanh Market.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City Reviews

  • From this market, customers can purchase souvenirs, bags, meats, fresh drinks, clothes and many other basic goods that satisfy the needs of customers. Remember to bargain hard if you intend to buy any stuffs from the market because this is a tourist market and usually sellers will raise up the price of the goods to an unacceptable level. Before you bargain, you need to carry out surveys of the prices of the goods you intend to buy at the fixed price region of the market and compare the prices between the selling price in the fixed price region and in the normal market region where you can bargain. Try to aim stuffs at a lower price than the same stuff at the fixed price region (logical price). After you have chose your desire price, go into the market and find a shop which sell the same stuff as what you want at the fixed price region and start bargaining with the seller at a polite way. You can try saying that you saw the price you wanted at other shops and you want that price. If the seller doesn't agree with the price you want, feel free to walk away in a polite way and always give them a smile. Usually if they are desperate and they get to earn minimal profit, they will call you back and close the deal. You will often meet rude Vietnamese sellers in the market but don't keep that in your heart because this is typical behaviour of some Vietnamese sellers. Enjoy shopping and bargaining!

  • You may find all local stuffs, from handcrafts to drinks, from coffee seeds to glass souvenirs, in this place. Anything is available as long as you have "courage" to argue about the price with sellers. Most of sellers have capability to speak basic English, so don't worry too much. But, the environment may not be suitable for everyone: The kiosks are very crowded each other, there are many fish kiosks between souvenirs or coffee shops (and that causes fishy smells which may annoy you), and many sellers will to argue angrily and don't afraid to shout on you when they think the price you demand is unfavorable for them (just like Ladies Market in HK). Plus, the place is super hot. But far from that, I recommend this if you like to seek cheap stuffs. Genuinely.

  • An interesting place, no doubt. All the merchants who sell the same stuff are in cahoots, that much is clear - so don't be fooled that this some amazing competitive market. In saying that though, the real competition is between you and the seller. Start with a quarter of what they initially offer (or if you're ruthless a fifth) and be prepared to work up to in between a third and half price (or sticking to your guns if you want to try and drive a really hard bargain). As others have said, be polite, smile, but also be firm. It's very crowded, hot and noisy... Know what you want when you're going in and get out as soon as you can. Above all, be friendly - you're a tourist - this is their country so don't act like a jerk and keep an open mind.

  • Currently I am a city tour guide for a project and Ben Thanh market is one of the destinations in my tour. At this market you can find almost everything from material for tailoring to fresh internal organs of pig ))). Ben Thanh market is a huge market with for gates and the main door is the south gate which looked directly to the intersection. If you want to buy things specifically then may ask some locals or sellers there, they are willing to show you and remember to bargain. It quite depends on things you want to buy bit normally you shoukd start to down the price to half then move up. Some kiosks they set with fixed prices then you may not need to bargain like T-shirts and accessories. To the north gate, here is the fresh market where you can find fresh food such as: seafood, pork meat to seasonal vegetables... This market usually opens from 7 to 18 and the fresh market opens from 7 to 12 to keep the freshness of the food. When the main market closes at 6 afternoon, the night market will be in its turn, furthermore, the local food is also served at the sides of the market.

  • One of the most visit tourist destinantions when in Ho Chi Minh city. The largest traditional market in the city, located in District 1. We can find food, clothes, shoes, souvenirs and many more tourists stuff. Be careful with the price. Most of The sellers have already made the price very expensive. Make sure to bargain. Bargaining is a MUST. Bargain at least a half price down. Be careful with the shop sellers, they tend to push and force us to buy something. If we don't want to buy anything, just walk away and no need to say anything.

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