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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 #20 of 78 shopping in Ho Chi Minh City
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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Only a short walk from the backpacker district, Ben Thanh market is a great place to check out the local shopping and food scene. There are lots of food stalls selling great meals, and numerous places to buy some clothes and other bits and pieces. This is a great place to get a feel of city life in downtown Saigon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Good bargains to be found around here. Make sure you negotiate (usually between 40 & 60% of the original asking price depending on the product. This place also boasts a lot of food such as fruits,nuts (cashews et ) & coffee.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I love the food area of this market, because I can find all the dishes in every provinces of Vietnam. The food is very delicious and cheap to me, although I am a little bit worried about the hygience!

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Perth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Lots of knock off t-shirts, hats & bags. I recommend wearing plain clothes as my husband was wearing a brand shirt & kept getting hassled to buy more. Our blond haired blue-eyed kids got lots of attention but nothing to worry us about. Touching their cheeks & hands sometimes but mostly smiles & waves. We sat & ate some great... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

If you are going to Chinatown wholesales market, better go there try first as the price are cheaper. If can't get, than come over this market but remember to bargain.

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Baltimore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Watch out if you are trying to buy coffee beans here, quality is terrible, maybe get some suggestions from the hotel on where to buy things and buying branded coffee beans/powder/instant coffee packets from any big supermarket (outside of tourist area) is probably better than getting them from this market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It was a great local market, I really enjoyed going through the areas where the locals buy their day to day food. Great sites to see. Amazing fruit juices and I really enjoyed the night market outside

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I love the market area at night when it turns into outdoor restaurants (especially seafood) and a night market. I go there often and although it is over priced, I enjoy the atmosphere, sitting outside at shared tables, the great bbq seafood.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great experience to Walk around in the food areas. An authentic experience and great food and fruit juices. The handcrafts are not exiting. Only mass production articles can be found.

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cardiff
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Its a lovely building in a great location When you enter the market building you find a ring of fixed price stalls before you get into the hub of the place Once past the fixed prices you will be charged as much as they think they can get Its a great experience but If you are looking for cheap clothes... More

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