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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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good for avid shoppers of local stuffs

didn't shop anything as stuff looked very repetitive. Mostly stuff avl is local and Chinese influenced handicrafts and souvenirs . It closes early so try not visiting it later... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

didn't shop anything as stuff looked very repetitive. Mostly stuff avl is local and Chinese influenced handicrafts and souvenirs . It closes early so try not visiting it later than 7ish

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I'd this is your first market experience in Vietnam you will probably like it.we found it really expensive compared to the OK there markets we had been to.and she has to bargain really hard knocking of 50% min. Some will bargain and some won't its really time consuming. They were grabbing aa we went past and all gabling what u... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful experience, you'll get harrased, haggled and harped....but thats the fun...lots of great items, lovley people all trying to make a sale.... "Happy hour"..."What you looking for"..."lucky in the morning"...are all statements you'll here often....go with your haggling shoes on and grab a bargain....a real insight into Vietnamese market culture....10/10...!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Oh my god. I went to this market and bought some 3d postcards. I was so happy for my shopping ans thought to myself I hooked the right stuff with right price. 5 minutes later in the same lane I found the exact postcard with onethird of the price I had bought from the market. Even if some peolle wanna... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

One stop flea market for buying local stuff in Ho Chi Minh city ! Its located in District 1 and is a well known place to buy anything and everything local - handicrafts, souvenirs, local delicacies, dried fruits and nuts, coffee, cheap watches, etc. However, one must bargain really hard to ensure that you get the right price. One should... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you've been to a lot of markets in Southeast Asia, this one isn't that unique. The higher priced shops are on the wider thoroughfares, and the lower priced ones on the smaller hallways. So it's worth winding through smaller hallways. Be prepared for vendors to be pretty aggressive - to the point of pulling on your sleeves to get... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Having been in many markets before, this is one of the most expensive ones. I have to say friendly but chaotic and busy with tourists. Nice for a walk and worth a visit but don't expect a bargain there!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Since Vietnam and Philippine nearly have the same living cost, I immediately realized that the price of all things sold in this market are at least 2 times higher than the real price. It's nice going around and seeing stuffs but I'm happy to say no to whoever asking me to buy anything in here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Looking for souvenirs & other local products? You'll find all kinds and lots of them in Ben Thanh Market. From bookmarks & magnets, to silk clothes & bags, to coffee & candies, everything's here, and the prices are better than most shops found in other areas/tourist spots --- but you have to learn how to haggle because most vendors inside... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Don't get me wrong, I love to shop but not here! I can cope with the heat, small aisles and bartering but I can't deal with the touching and grabbing and the stall holders sticking things in your face. Asking "what you want mam" or "buy from me" & not giving you a second to look at anything before tugging... More 

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