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Cho Ben Thanh Market

Ranked #20 of 96 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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Toowoomba, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Read some bad reviews but did it anyway. Met lovely ladies at government fabric stalls around edge of market and picked up fabric and nick-nacks. We went up every row of market and saw a lot of similar stuff. When going up 2 inner rows we were inundated a lot, like every meter someone was really in your face. We... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Watch out for your pockets!!! Don't open your wallets too widely, if not they might just help themselves to your dong when you are in the middle of bargaining.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The market that sells many products including their local specialty products such as coffee filter, coffee filter, textile, souvenirs. I didn't really enjoy it as some of the stall owners were a little too pushy and was a little warm and stuffy while you were inside. Preferred the night market because of the weather. Slighty more cooling :) Tip: Please... More

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It's a market, but you didnt come to vietnam if you dont go there and at least but a magnet or something to eat. You would definitely enjoy it.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Visited this market twice.some stall holders very pushy and tend to grab you every now and then.understandable especially as they all vying to make a buck.big selection of product.the set price stalls are there if you don't want to haggle.if asked the stall holders will say if products are fake etc.worth a visit.its a market similar to those the world... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Crazy place and huge rip off if you don't bargain hard. Some stalls are fixed price and government run and they are much more pleasant to shop in. Staff wear blue shirts and are very helpful and polite - no pressure sales. The rest of the markets are very cramped and the vendors are pretty pushy, but usually polite. We... More

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

If you love to bargain and like people wanting YOUR attention then you'll love it here. I did not really like it, enjoyed the night market more. Everyone touching you, trying to get them to buy their stuff and when you leave there are more people trying to sell you stuff and following you. Go for the experience.

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Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I was overwhelmed when I went in to this market. Even if you don't want to buy anything it is definitely worth visiting. There's so many stalls and things to look at-you can buy anything from food and souvenirs to clothes. Whatever price you're given make sure you haggle to get a good bargain!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Lots of choices to buy from local foods, coffee, candy, nuts, watches, etc. to clothing and large arrangements of flowers. Can be a bit crowded and overwhelming, so be prepared.

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Glasgow
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Fantastic market. I bought some lovely Vietnamese gifts and you won't believe how cheap the items were! A must visit when in Ho Chi Minh City.

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