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Address: Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: This is the city's biggest, most authentic market. You can find almost...
This is the city's biggest, most authentic market. You can find almost anything you need here, from basic supplies to souvenirs. The food is outstanding and the people-watching is great even if you don't buy anything.
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must visit place in ho chi minh city

This is the place where u are not able to make it within a day! i spent 3 days to fully walk through the market. there was a lot of things u can get there. but bear in mind that u... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This is the place where u are not able to make it within a day! i spent 3 days to fully walk through the market. there was a lot of things u can get there. but bear in mind that u need to negotiate for good price. they will definitely sell things at higher price as people will normally bargain.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Make sure to visit this market very early in the morning before it gets crowded and become too hot by lunch time. The prices are a little high here than in some shops around area, but they expect you to bargain... so do not be afraid to ask for lower price. If you buy more than one item, they will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This market isn't unlike other markets but is a one stop shopping experience for those last minute souvenirs. You can bargain at most of the stalls though there are a few fixed prices ones including a t-shirt one that offers much better quality t-shirts (and some that have very interesting captions).

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well actually its not a very comfortable place. Always crowded even though it has higher prices compared to other places (same quality!) So dont hesitate to bargain. The market is closed at night but the whole area looks so beautiful with lights on. If your hungry then just stop by a street food "restaurant" and enjoy some grilled seafood with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Well worth a visit for the experience alone.My wife and I braved the narrow alleys crowded with people, motorbikes (yes, motorbikes), etc., to get a taste of Vietnamese life. We came away without a purchase, despite the pressure. However, if you're in the market for cheap items such as shoes, this is the place. The available amount of produce, food,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a one-stop place where you can get whatever you want in HCMC. However, the opening prices are very high and you must make sure to slash the price down to 3 to 4 times lesser if possible. Recently, I brought a bag for 70 dong from an opening price of 240 dong. It look impossible but is truth.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

One of my favorite things to do in Vietnam is shopping!!!! In this Market - it's like one-stop shopping. I usually go a few times in my 5 day vacation. Great selection on Children's clothes - but don't go by their sizing - you have to hold them up and judge by yourself. I usually have good luck buying for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Another must do when visiting Ho Chi Minh City , be prepared for the onslaught and to be accosted from all sides , unfortunately for my husband we had a torrential rain storm that lasted 35 minutes and couldn't get out of the place 😃 Drink plenty of bottled water , and get your head around the Dong $ before... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Ideal place for cloths, bags, shoes and sweets. They have copies such as adidas, Nike, puma, levis and many more all are copies and nothing is genuine but the copies are good. Prices are very low as long as you negotiate with the merchant. Trust most of the time you will win. The negotiation so demand for an affordable price.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A must do, go both early morning and early/ late evening, it closes at mid night. Early morning you find all the fresh and live produce. Be open minded as you will see unusual things live frogs, etc. the market is huge and has everything clothes, jewelry and nik naks for small gifts. Be adventurous and have a meal inside... More 

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