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Cho Ben Thanh Market

Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ranked #24 of 94 Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Cho Ben Thanh is one of the most interesting places in Ho Chi Minh City,  Shopping is good here but bargaining is a must. One of the major... more »
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Cavite City, Philippines
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Haggle, haggle, haggle. I cannot stress this enough. They deliberately increase the price for unknowing tourists and drive a hard bargain before they cave in to a significantly lower price. It was also advised that you keep your things extremely secured because there are lots of pickpockets in the area. Cheap souvenirs if you know how to get the price... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I think for anyone who has spent any time around SE Asia the title says it all. Fake items everywhere, pushy market staff and nothing was very cheap. I walled 30 minutes to get here and left within 5. If you want some fake ray bans or nike tshirts then it's worth a visit. I spoke to somone from Vietnam... More

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Johor Bahru District, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Ben Tanh market smells a little and very crowded when we went but definitely a good place to buy some special local produce like their special nuts, dried food and other food stuff. However I think ben tanh is only a place to buy food. If you're looking for clothing and bagpacks, buy at Saigon Square 1 because there's much... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

As the oldest surviving market, Ben Thanh Market marked a symbol of attraction in this 300 year old city.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

At the front of the market, all of the clothing stalls are set up and this part is crap. The sellers are so pushy, if you even glance sideways they are onto you and won't leave you alone. Once you get past this to the rear part of the market, it's much better. Here you have lots of stalls selling... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We went here as a team of 8 persons plus our tourist guide. Personally I enjoyed the atmosphere tremendously. It is just that feeling of being able to bargain, to touch, to discuss, to smell and smile at each other. Those of us who were only used to shopping at modern malls had a bit more hassles passing through the... More

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Gold Coast
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Typical market... Definitely go early in the morning or at night so it's not too hot! Don't settle for the amount they say and barter as much as you can coz chances are they'll give it to you however much you say just to get a sale. Most stores sell the same stuff.

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Noosa, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was close bye our Hotel and has some good food outlets, although a fair bit of competition has owners hassling for custom. Some nice fabrics and cheap Tshirts , you need to look about a fair bit and don't take your valuables. The other market about 10 mins in Taxi has better and cheaper options.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

- The place to get your souvenirs but I have to warned you that some of the shopkeepers are pushy and will use their hard-selling tactics to get you to buy from them. The prices are meant for tourist. - Generally best to recce for the items all around the market (different shops, different prices) you want, at the lowest... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My hotel was really close so I wandered in here many times during my stay. It's vibrant, colorful and a fun place to get a few gifts fro back home. It does get a bit tedious being repeatedly encouraged to try this, try that, and although I enjoy a bit of haggling, I don't want the hassle of the process... More

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