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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 #24 of 95 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Awesome market, find everything you want, food, souvenir fresh juice. the staff there speaks many languages, but you need to bargain otherwise you will get ripped off. place worth visiting.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Famous market but similar to any market you've seen in Southeast Asia. I believe this one is special bevause it's hundreds of years old but get ready to be bombarded by beggars and hawkers alike

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Bangalore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Its a good place to stroll around. You can find all the stores with cheap clothes, souvenirs etc., in this place. You can bargain a lot to get the right price for the stuff.

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Sitges, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

My opinion on this place is based in a comparison to all similar places we visited during our three week journey in Vietnam. There is no better way to interact with people and taking a pulse to any city than visiting its markets. Know to the French as Halles Centrales, Ben Thanh offers almost everything. I specially enjoyed an excellent... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It is the mos famous and biggest "fake"market in HCM CITY so all the tourist are going there. You seriously can get eeeeverything in there! But the traders are really unfriendly and hard to handly. i am vietnamese myself but look like more foreigner so if i so not buy things they insult me and of course i can understand... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I'm rating this review poor solely because of the traders in CBT market. This is just across the street and a short walk away from Saigon Square 1 and a market selling both wet stuffs and also some others like clothing and day to day use items. Like in all other markets, bargaining is allowed here, however leaving the store... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Well markets are markets and sometimes it is sad to go to them because they are just made for tourists with some junky items. These markets were a little different as they do have tourist stores but also some local stores for food etc. They also have dress shops with tailors, jewellry stores and flower markets. It is indoors and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

U can find anything here. A lot of thing can buy. Clothes shoes t shirt and etc. More cheap than the mall. The best things is almost of their sellers can speak bahasa malaysia.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you are looking for a relaxing shopping experience, this is NOT it. The sales people can be intense. But if you like to bargain (I do not) then you will be in paradise. They sell just about everything here: food, dishes, clothing, silk, bags, watches, jewelry, coffee, tea, souvenirs. Clothing is a really good bargain in Vietnam, so if... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

You need to bargains at least 50% on everything that you want to buy. Go to the shops that behind and upstairs so you can get more better deals.

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