As a crowded market all day long, Ben Thanh market, Ho Chi Minh is known as a symbol and a destination that attracts both the residents and international tourists.
Ben Thanh Market - Sai Gon
It is an integral part in any Saigon tours to do shopping, walking and discovering Ben Thanh market, Saigon.
Ben Thanh market in District 1 owns ancient architectural characters and has been voted as one of best places to visit in Vietnam. Ben Thanh market is so well-known that almost foreign visitors feel that they wouldn't fulfill their Ho Chi Minh tour if they missed setting their foot here.
Ben Thanh Market Sai Gon - Map
Built in 1870s, Ben Thanh market, Saigon was first named Les Halles Centrales before it was renamed Ben Thanh market in 1912. After many ups and downs over the time, Ben Thanh market is one of the most ancient markets in Saigon.
Ben Thanh market entry
Ben Thanh is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests dishes freshly made to the order. Here, one can taste various kinds of local dishes like banh xeo, banh cuon, banh beo, cha gio, hu tiu… In the evening, while all stalls inside the market are closed, sidewalk restaurants around the market open and make it extraordinary lively area. One of the most recommended foods by tourists is deep fried whole fish, so remember to try it at least once when you dine here. Besides, one can also taste seafood and enjoy cool beer at cheap price (only $1-2 for a beer only). One advice for tourists is not sitting deep into the crowded food tent to avoid the heat.
North gate is the place you can find all kinds of fresh foods and fruits
Curious about what the locals eat, wear or use daily? Just come here and find out the answer. From clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry to kitchen ware, grocery, sweets, and great Vietnamese coffee… every thing that Saigonese need for their daily life can be found here. Taking a look at things for sale here, seeing how people make transactions or which kind of goods is purchased most by the locals, one can learn much about the local life and get useful experience for shopping in Vietnam also. For the ones who are keen on shopping, here is exactly the place you are looking for.
Besides goods for daily use, tourists can find here variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs. Just pick up some cute fridge magnets or delicated small piece of lacquer, one has got small gifts for friends and family at home or something to remind him/her about the trip to Ho Chi Minh city. “I live in Bangkok, the land of markets, but I still found this market rather interesting. It sells items slightly different from what I get in Thailand. Fascinated by the coffee bean/powder and knick knack shops. My sons bought a fridge magnet each with famous Vietnamese landmarks on them. I don't normally purchase souvenirs when I am overseas but landed up with some nice pieces of lacquer from one of the shops”, a tourist from Bangkok said. Here is some advices for an idea of what to buy when you are in Ho Chi Minh City.
You can try many delicious Ben Thanh market foods