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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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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Owner description: This is the city's biggest, most authentic market. You can find...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Visited Ben Thanh Market everyday cos it's near my hotel. Prices are always quoted at a ridiculous rate but bargain hard & u might find some good deals. Else just walk away cos there're many shops selling similar items. Note that no bargaining allowed at "Fixed Price Shops" Personally feel that it's better to get souvenirs (keychains, magnets etc) @... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is a much publicized central market in District 1, Ben Thanh Ward of Ho Chi Minh City. It has a variety of things for the tourists to part with their money. Practically all clothing and footwear are counterfeits or second quality despite the brand is sewn correctly. You can only tell from the factory tag if you are from... More 

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

we had only one night to spend in HCMC so we chose a hotel in the Ben Thanh market area. This place has easy access to hotels and clubs. There was a party on the top of a hotel we could see from the street level..very convenient when we dint know the local language :) the best thing was we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Our hotel (the Sofitel) recommended we go to the night market here. Most of the shops were shut. There is not anything of novelty that we saw. I wouldn't bother going again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This market has exploded in the tourism industry. When I first visited 6 years ago, it attracted a number of tourists, with prices that were still somewhat reasonable and the vendors were a little more reserved. Since this past autumn was my husband’s first time to Vietnam, I decided he should check it out. This time, I was taken aback... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The people working the stalls are very aggressive and won't take no for an answer. The smell in the food court was unbelievable!! Hot and not great quality items as you can imagine. Avoid if you can resist !

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Ridiculous prices to start with, why haggle when the opening price is 4-5x the street price. Shop-owners are rude and get offended when you counter with something much more reasonable, feign shock and then hassle you when you try to walk away. Not a must visit, markets in Thailand and Bali are much friendlier and better to haggle in. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A market place and perfect to bargain Souvenir shops Best place to shop too. Walking distance from alot of must see places in the city

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

3 1/2 would be better but not available,went to the street market,not the one inside,its closed in the evening. Usual stuff,knock off watches,clothes,bags,souvenirs,sellers trying to entice you to there stall,quite good fun if you fancy a bit of haggling.Get the price,half it & start from there,if you are prepared to look about,a few good things are available. The sellers without... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A supposed must see market. If you are there for the first time, and wants souvenirs do go ahead. Shop around and ask for prices before deciding. Always bargain by at least half price. And go to those tighter lanes on the inside and not around the central market. I tried to buy mextex abalone. A lady charged UsD$37 and... More 

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