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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The market is like any other market in Asia .busy pushing and pushing all the time and stall holders getting upset when they think there price is good and you disagree .that's what a markets all about haggle and haggle walk away and they will call you back anyway .Don't buy the BBQ shrimp of any stall as it is... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This market is one of the 'must' places to go in HCM. You can find here everything from clothes, materials, food and handicrafts. Especially for handicrafts, be prepared to bargain a lot, as probably the right price for what you asked is between 1/4 and 1/5 of the first price you will be given. If you don't want to risk... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ben Thanh Market , is an eye opening experience with lots to see and do. A wonderful selection of Vietnamese food , souvenirs and clothing . See the daily hustle and bustle of life here and view the wheeling and dealing that goes on. A visit to Ben Thanh Market is a must for every tourist's agenda , but always... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

If you are looking for fake brands this is the place to come and buy.Very big indoor market.Lots of haggling when buying your stuff.Lots of little eating stores inside.Cheap clothes galore,my the handbags everywhere.Very busy,hustle & bustle.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Lots of hustle and bustle a very large market. Loads of stalls selling the same, so you must barter. Interesting to see the meat and fish with flies swarming around though. But things were quite clean and people were very friendly, they didn't hassle you if you said you didn't want something. Defo worth a visit.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We went here on a recommendation to try the BBQ red snapper and it was best meal I had in Vietnam! Beautifully cooked and washed down with a cold beer and did some shopping afterward. We had no problems at all with the stall holders and we all (two couples) really enjoyed the atmosphere.

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