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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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Systematic clustering of hawkers of all kinds in vast market area

Even I did not buy anything upon the visit, I did appreciate it with high remarks for all hawkers clustering and compress close to each other inside the market, but under clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Even I did not buy anything upon the visit, I did appreciate it with high remarks for all hawkers clustering and compress close to each other inside the market, but under clean, no odd smell, tidy, no cartons stacking or occupying aisle. Accessories and handicraft on one side, clothing attached next, coffee and nuts come next, watches and others come... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Easy enough to walk around and food vendors will be happy to let you try their dried fruits and nuts if you buy. Helps to carry around a small calculator to communicate prices, especially if you don't have a Vietnamese translator at hand. Do note that whilst eating in the market is interesting (great selection of local food), you'll be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is worth visiting this market for souvenirs such as T-shirts, coffee filters, caps, clothes… You must be experts at bargaining while you are here. Great experience! The market is always full of tourists since it is located in the city center. Keep an eyes on your pockets!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

After visiting many markets in Asia I think this is one of my favourites. The quality seems much better than many other places and the fixed price stalls around the outside mean you can gauge the prices then have a go at getting a better price inside. The stall holders seem to be a lot less pushy than in some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you want to master your bargaining skill, this is the place. Everything is much more expensive that usual, even the food. If you want to buy something here, ask the seller for 70% - 80% discount first. I know it sounds ridiculous but my friend get one wooden puzzle for only 40,000 VND (from 160,000) If you are thirsty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Ho Chi Minh City then this is a place you absolutely should stop by. There are endless stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, shoes, accessories and food. Three words of advice: BARGAIN BARGAIN and BARGAIN!!! Never accept the first set price as the final offer. The walkways are very narrow so at times you may find it a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What an experience this was. It takes a while to get used to the idea of bartering. I'm sure shop owners could tell how inexperienced we were. However after a short time we gave them a run for their money and learned the art of bartering. What ever you do, don't step in to help your friend as it does... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Very touristy which has resulted inflated prices, often double to what you should pay. The sellers don't hassle you, they harass you!! They pull you back and ask you to buy something at a ridiculous price. The place hasn't got air con and some of the smells coming from the local food is interesting ... Would avoid this market if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Markets are hot and some stall holders are quite full on. OK to visit and buy a few souvenirs. Prices must be negotiated. To buy clothes, handbags etc, go across the road to Saigon Central. Its air conditioned and much cheaper!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Best place to buy trinkets to bring home. Almost all the stalls carry the same souvenir items so keep your eyes open for unique finds.

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