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Cho Ben Thanh Market

Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
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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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Double the price

If you really want to grab a bite here you should be very careful because they charge you double the price or even more if you can't speak Vietnamese. Count carefully for the... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

If you really want to grab a bite here you should be very careful because they charge you double the price or even more if you can't speak Vietnamese. Count carefully for the change they've handed to you. They trick tourist by giving less money than it used to.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

In my opinion, Ben Thanh is a large shopping mall with a lot of things. you can buy everything here. Moreover, i am very surprised that the traders in the market, most of them are Vietnamese but they are fluent in english and some other languages.

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BeverlyMass
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to this market on our own on a recent trip to Vietnam. There is chaos here at it's best. There are bargains, but most material (cotton, etc.) products ae badly made and the name brands are all fake and potentially taken by customs, though this seldom happens anymore. I found that if you go to... More 

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cave creek, arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We've done our fair share of bargain hunting and haggling, but this is another level. If you want something you don't see, they run around the place and bring it back to sell to you. It's like one big company, haha. You never know who you're really buying from. Some stores are easily put off, so be it, move on... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Cho Ben Thanh Market is everything people say about it. Some people love the chaos of the amped-up and dizzying flea market environment while others find it kind of scary, claustrophobic, and sweaty. I personally loved seeing the cornucopia of souvenirs, knock-off goods, coffee that was digested by weasels, scorpions in booze bottles, tasty food carts, and artful displays of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It is aimed at tourists but there are bargains to be had. Whatever the price quoted divide by four and that will be around the price you should pay. There are some great and very cheap eating places in the middle of the market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is a massive market, and yes you will find many of the goods are similar, but there is an order to the chaos and we picked up some bargains here...very easy to barter for a good price.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Market was very cramped; walking aisles were very narrow. To add to the misery, u hv sellers pestering u to buy their items. U can't even touch & have a look at those items, it was like "u touch, u must buy". And the items are very expensive, sellers exhorbitantly marked up prices 300-500%. U will be surprised that if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Average tourist trap with mostly souvenirs shops and some stalls offering local snacks. The souvenirs shops mostly offer the same stuff. It was cheap if you drive a hard bargain, and you really have to do it hard. Some sellers were rude and pushy but you could just walk away from them since you could find the same things in... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Went here on a quick walk-through after getting out of the airport a bit late and having an evening tour lined up (XO tour). Cool place. Definitely a place to get STUFF! We didn't go to buy...just a quick walk-through to look. Just arrived and didn't want to have to tote stuff all around Vietnam over the next 11 days.

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