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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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It's worth visiting even under trying conditions

If you're willing to negotiate a price, and play it as a game (ie, have some fun), knowing this is a tourist destination, it's worth a visit. But know that it's hot/humid, the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

If you're willing to negotiate a price, and play it as a game (ie, have some fun), knowing this is a tourist destination, it's worth a visit. But know that it's hot/humid, the vendors can be tactile, the conditions are cramped, and there's a good chance you'll be disoriented!

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This market is far more expensive compared to other markets in Vietnam and is not good value at all. Go and have a look out of interest, but I would recommend buying from An Dong market or other shops along the streets instead.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a famous market in Saigon. So many shops under one roof. Good place for shopping clothes and souvenirs. We loved the fresh avocado and sour sop juice.The place is very crowded. Always beware of your belongings. Good experience for first timer.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The market was huge with many kinds of shops placed side by side and sell almost everything. But beware of the pushy seller which pull your hand to see their products and will push you to buy eventually. Don't ever haggle but ended up not buying, but when you do haggle, try until more than 50% because the starting price... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

You can find whatever you want there and more. But you should be able to handle the stench of a wet market and constantly being hit on, especially if you don't look local. Learn how to haggle and enjoy the experience. Great to people watch. Not for cleanliness picky travelers. Good for photography as well, vibrant colors and activities.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

At first, I thought this market was going to be like other markets in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, really hot & with tight alleys to walk around... but actually this is one of the more easily walkable markets I've been to in SE Asia. It offers some of the best souvenirs, cheap goods with a great variety of... More 

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Dubai, UAE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ben Than is a crazy market with everything you need (and dont need). It is pretty cramped and their sales method is very -in your face- where they force you to buy. I found this experience hilarious, just brush them off and move on to see what else is there. I found their prices cheap and quality is not bad... More 

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Singapore
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was damn hot within...lots to see... Bargain 70% down at 1st try n slowly up little or walk away to see if yr offer is acceptable. .. When buying bags ..ask for grade A which is best quality. .. If u run out of Dong..just cross road to any jewellery shop to change money... Best time to visit this... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Chaos, they have pracitically everything, depends on what you are looking for. They will nag you till you buy something, not one item,but many. They sometimes grap your money, then ask you to buy with what they took. Keep your money safe.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I have travelled around all of Vietnam and this is by far the most horrible experience I have had here. Walking through the markets getting pulled, grabbed and harrassed is just the begining. I made the mistake of picking up an item to have a closer look...the lady selling the item grabbed me telling me to buy, she would not... More 

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