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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 #22 of 86 shopping in Ho Chi Minh City
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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Not for the faint hearted, try to enjoy the stall holders pulling and grabbing at you while asking what you need. Extremely hot in the middle of the day inside too... All part of the adventure that Vietnam is!

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Ben Thanh is mentioned as one of the must-see sights in HCMC but I was a bit disappointed. It's not actually that big and you can get around it in about 15 minutes. I think it gets bigger at night. I am a photographer and you get some ok shots there, the vendors can be a bit grumpy if you... More

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Doha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We roamed around in this market for about 3 hours. found it very good place to get in touch with locals who can mostly speak English rather than what you can see in other areas of city with rare English speaking people! best place to do big bargain buys of cloth, dresses, souvenirs etc

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My main experience of bargaining has been in Thailand where I have found the bargaining culture to be playful. I did not enjoy bargaining at Ben Thanh. Having only been in the country for a short time, we must have looked like total newcomers and so many street hawkers threw themselves aggressively in our direction. I had an unpleasant interaction... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

When in HCM city, we stayed in District 5. Hence we got very less chances to go to Ben Thanh which is located at District 1. I got a pair of Puma shoes, 2 Tommy tees and a Polo Shirt(not sure whether they are original or replicas.. ;-)) all for very cheap prices that you can't get anywhere.. Initially they... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Since Ben Thanh was just a few minute walk from the hotel we were staying, it was a constant to visit the market after we had our breakfast to get familiarized with the pricing before we buy stuffs to bring home. Eventually we bought assorted nuts in 1 particular stall at discounted price. There were lots of fresh fruits like... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There are MANY different stalls inside the market but they do sell similar things. I found the food section more interesting because you get to see many different fruits and food items. If you are an food adventurer, you should definitely try some of the fruits (e.g. Breadfruit, Jackfruit and Dragon Fruits) there!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I much preferred smaller local markets. We visited here at the end of our Vietnam trip so we had seen all of this "stuff" already. To me it was a lot of pushy stall holders. Certainly worth a look but best to go in with an idea of what prices are elsewhere. Bargain, and/or walk away. If they don't call... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a really great market at night - it turns into a street food mecca, with little bits and pieces still for sale (tshirts, handicrafts, etc). Wait until around 7pm for it to be in full swing, and grab some bun cha and sticky rice - everything is delicious, and insanely cheap! I've got a few photos and a... More

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Alesund, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A market as market are, as a turist everybody call for you to offer something. Some big differences in prices on same item in different shops. has also market outside in the street in night time, many thing was cheaper then.

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