Aug 1, 2012

Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh

The Ben Thanh market or Chợ Bến Thành is one of the earliest structures in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) and one of symbols of the City, popular with tourists seeking handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs.



HTGT - How To Get There
Ben Thành Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area in District 1 of Ho Chí Minh City, Vietnam. For tourist staying in this district, the market is in the walking distance. Located opposite the Bus Terminal.



HISTORY
The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers in 1859. This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon's largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Bến Thành Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.



small park with statue in front of Ben Thanh






Bus Terminal / station


INDOOR MARKET
The big indoor market opens from 9 AM till 6 PM that sells everything from wood handicrafts, souvenirs, home decor, bags, luggage, clothing, coffee, food, spices, sweets, vegetables, meats, etc.




BEN THANH NIGHT MARKET
At night, there is a night market just outside the premises.There are local cuisine booths in the night for most tourist came to visit.




local cuisine




clothing




TIPS
Before buying anything (except for cuisine), please bargain to get cheaper price.
There are also native people, they dont have any booths, they walk and approach tourists and offering some small souvenirs. Just be friendly, bargain and you will get a lot cheaper.



SUMMARY
This place is a mustsee, since the market is one of the icon of Ho Chi Minh city

Find a hotel in district 1, then you can walk to Ben Thanh.




Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Thanh_Market

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