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“Nothing special”
Review of Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Nothing special”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

We went early in the morning as people were setting up. It's a big market, even bigger at night. You can certainly get a lot of stuff but it's not anything unusual. The markets outside District one are far more interesting and while you may get stared at,you won't be hassled.

Visited April 2013
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“Good - but be careful!!!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

These were probably the best markets I went to in Vietnam for cheap, fake bags, sunglasses, shoes etc. Hanoi was much more expensive. They’re also open late each night, and there’s heaps of street food vendors with delicious Vietnamese food at ridiculously cheap prices. Just be careful of your bag when in the markets – two girls in my group got their bags snatched. I tended to just carry cash in my front pocket.

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Visited May 2012
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“crowded ~”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

this place is really crowded...the price here are generally higher than the outside hence bargaining is a must...lots of stalls are selling the same stuff hence it tends to get a bit boring...so when the wheather is tends to get humid outside...stepping into ben thanh market walking around should be a good idea.

Visited April 2013
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“Shopping haven if you know how to bargain”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Generally, most of the things they sell here are pretty similar to each other. I think whoever comes here must know that this market is divided into two parts. The first part is where they sell stuff at fixed price and the second part is where you can bargain.

So, first rule, if you like something, get to know what is the price but don't buy it, walk away and you will find the same thing in another stall. If you have no idea how much it costs, take a look at the fixed price area first. It may not be the cheapest price you can get but at least you will not be tricked later when you started to roam into the bargain area. Most of them will start with a high price. Sometimes more than double. If you know how much it actually costs, they can't trick you.

Second rule, you need to have some manners during bargain. Don't ask for reduction in price if you don't intend to buy. Also, be reasonable when you bargain. You should be able to roughly estimate such things would cost. Be confident and don't buy if you are not satisfied with the price. You can try in another stall.

Another tips, cho ben tanh market has day and night market. From experience, stuff they sell during night market is cheaper than day market. I suggest if you like something in day market, be patient and try to look for it during night market.

Visited March 2013
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“Beware the food stalls.”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This market is very similar to others in every major city in Asia. Aggressive salespeople pushing low quality t-shirts, fake watches and fake cologne. If you have never been to one of these places its worth a look, but buyer beware. Remember, most of the items for sale are crap and the lowest price the sellers will take is still a rip off. But...the haggling can be fun in these places if you really need some cheap souvenirs.

WARNING: Be careful in the food stalls. They are very aggressive trying to pull in customers (physically) which is bad enough, but the prices changed as we ate and we ended up having to haggle/argue over the prices of each dish and drinks. Very rude staff. There is much better food and service elsewhere in HCMC. Avoid it.

Visited April 2013
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