Ben Thanh Night Market
Ben Thanh Night Market
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  • JnVSydney
    Greater Sydney, Australia20,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A different vibe.....
    The traditional night street markets that run along the side of Ben Thanh Market seems to be no more, However the actual markets seems to have picked the short fall, closing at around 9 pm, however most stalls start closing up around 8pm. The food stalls, tend to finish around 4pm, however, more than enough stay open for dinner, around 6pm, this is the perfect time for us during our one month stay we have been coming here everyday either for lunch or dinner, we have three fave stalls. Sap (shop) 1008 - Drinks, she makes the Bestest smoothies, we have had, the banana with coffee (just ask for it to be added) and the fresh coconut, again with coffee are to die for, amazing value, (shuts around 6pm), cheaper than out on the streets. Sap 1006, Bun Cuon (next to the drinks lady), Steamed Rice Paper Pancake, (with pork mince filling), its made right in front of you, they are like a taste explosion, unfortunately she is not open for dinner. (shuts around 4pm) Sap 1162-1038, Makes everything - located in the centre of the stalls, worth navigating to it via shop numbers, with smoothies in hand, we come here everyday, after our long city walk for dinner, our fave dishes, are the crispy fried pancake, (see photos) with greens and the vegetarian fried noodle, we have also tried numerous other dishes they are all perfect, however we keep coming back for these two. Obviously there are fancier places around, (with AC and flashy presentation) albeit a lot pricier, than here. All in all we love coming here and will miss the experience when we leave.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • AFAK25
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,405 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive
    To be honest I believe the prices here are more expensive than in my hometown. Our tour guide advised us to ask for 50% of the prices quoted by the stallkeepers but even than I still think they are still expensive. It's fine to buy some stuff as momentos of visit to Saigon but don't expect this place to be a shoppers' heaven. The peddlers selling on the streets outside the Muslim restaurants offer more reasonable prices, even without bargaining.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Oscar Voysey
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting, cheap, busy, bargaining
    Amazing place. I’ve never been to a shop, mall, festival, kilo sale that’s better for designer and streetware brands than this place. You can get northface, arcteryx, Patagonia for literally 10% if not less of the actual value of the bag, top, jersey. Honestly crazy cheap and the quality is sometimes identical to the real thing. Not always, you do have to search and do your own bargaining! They will try sell a T-shirt for 1 million dong, then round the corner you can get the same thing for 80,000 (£2) so defo don’t agree to the first price. Food and drink is fine, nothing special. Realistically the only reason to come to this place is to get crazy cool clothes and shoes and bags for a fraction. Lots of designer stuff too and a couple Rolex shops. It’s big too there’s so many stalls. Go from 6pm->11:30 open all the time. All items in the bed picture cost me about £22 altogether. RRP would be £300 minimum
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Loni P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tips and Tricks
    The area was lively with many different vendors. For items, always bargain and don't be afraid to look around before you make a purchase. For food, I would recommend trying little snacks, and fruit drinks from stands, to get a taste of the city. One trick I use to choose a good vendor, is to choose a busy/long line. This way you know others like it, and the food is constantly moving out.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 15, 2024
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The traditional night street markets that run along the side of Ben Thanh Market seems to be no more, However the actual markets seems to have picked the short fall, closing at around 9 pm, however most stalls start closing up around 8pm.

The food stalls, tend to finish around 4pm, however, more than enough stay open for dinner, around 6pm, this is the perfect time for us during our one month stay we have been coming here everyday either for lunch or dinner, we have three fave stalls.

Sap (shop) 1008 - Drinks, she makes the Bestest smoothies, we have had, the banana with coffee (just ask for it to be added) and the fresh coconut, again with coffee are to die for, amazing value, (shuts around 6pm), cheaper than out on the streets.

Sap 1006, Bun Cuon (next to the drinks lady), Steamed Rice Paper Pancake, (with pork mince filling), its made right in front of you, they are like a taste explosion, unfortunately she is not open for dinner. (shuts around 4pm)

Sap 1162-1038, Makes everything - located in the centre of the stalls, worth navigating to it via shop numbers, with smoothies in hand, we come here everyday, after our long city walk for dinner, our fave dishes, are the crispy fried pancake, (see photos) with greens and the vegetarian fried noodle, we have also tried numerous other dishes they are all perfect, however we keep coming back for these two.

Obviously there are fancier places around, (with AC and flashy presentation) albeit a lot pricier, than here. All in all we love coming here and will miss the experience when we leave.
Written November 1, 2023
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Arianne R
London, UK35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
First day in Saigon and went to this market which had good reviews. Turns out, was awful. Same $#!t, different stall. Vendors selling fake, low quality goods at inflated prices. Absolute waste of time. You can find the same in other reputable shops away from the markets, though at a slightly higher quality and price. Had I known this, I'd have chosen to pay more just to avoid being shouted at and followed around. It's really bot worth it, I just wanted to look around, buy what I wanted and leave. I stayed 10 minutes and left. Was a total waste of time.
Written March 12, 2020
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Loni P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The area was lively with many different vendors. For items, always bargain and don't be afraid to look around before you make a purchase. For food, I would recommend trying little snacks, and fruit drinks from stands, to get a taste of the city. One trick I use to choose a good vendor, is to choose a busy/long line. This way you know others like it, and the food is constantly moving out.
Written May 15, 2024
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Sarah Lewis
Harlow, UK928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The market and surrounding area is very lively.
Everything that’s commonly eaten, or worn is available here, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, sweets, nuts, clothing, hardware and of course souvenirs!
It was built in 1914 and has a main clock tower and belfry.
It’s great fun, definitely bargain with the stall holders.
The food served in the street food area is delicious.
Written March 5, 2020
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Oscar Voysey
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Amazing place. I’ve never been to a shop, mall, festival, kilo sale that’s better for designer and streetware brands than this place.

You can get northface, arcteryx, Patagonia for literally 10% if not less of the actual value of the bag, top, jersey. Honestly crazy cheap and the quality is sometimes identical to the real thing. Not always, you do have to search and do your own bargaining! They will try sell a T-shirt for 1 million dong, then round the corner you can get the same thing for 80,000 (£2) so defo don’t agree to the first price.

Food and drink is fine, nothing special. Realistically the only reason to come to this place is to get crazy cool clothes and shoes and bags for a fraction. Lots of designer stuff too and a couple Rolex shops. It’s big too there’s so many stalls. Go from 6pm->11:30 open all the time.

All items in the bed picture cost me about £22 altogether. RRP would be £300 minimum
Written April 8, 2024
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Leonie_12
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This market is run by aggressive vendors who are very rude & their behaviour is disgusting. I will never step foot in this place again. They scream at you if you touch their products & decide not to buy it. I have not seen anything like it before. I find markets a fun place but not this one.
Written February 15, 2024
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Copesandkids
Bridgetown, Barbados9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This market was too busy and too overwhelming with the vendors crowding you the whole time. Not enjoyable at all. We wanted food and at one time had five different stall holders shoving menus at our faces
Written July 22, 2023
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Jack W
41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I don't mean to rate the Night Market at all but rather, it no longer exists. I've been in HCM for the past several days, and been to Ben Thanh market many times during my visit. Told by the locals the night market doesn't exist anymore due to COVID, which is very unfortunate. Back in Dec 2019/Jan 2020 when I was here last, the Night Market was a nice added attraction to the area.

Hopefully, with the lifting of restrictions, the Night Market will return when I visit HCM next year.
Written September 5, 2022
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Mikey Mike
Canberra, Australia343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Spent all day walking around in the heat and found this little Vietnamese sweet store inside the Ben Thanh Market.

Very nice and refreshing, worth it when you need something to keep you going while on holiday.

The store is situated at the back of the market where the food area is and it only sells sweets.
Written January 2, 2020
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gnadeylime
Kuching, Malaysia104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Onced the market close at night, there's a whole stretch of vendors selling right around Ben Thanh market. Price are quite high with not much choices to buy anything. A nice walk at night anyway to see what the vietnamese do at night. There's some street food vendor selling around this area too.
Written January 2, 2020
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