- Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Attraction Type: Market
- Significance: The Biggest and popular market in Ho Chi Minh City
- Best Time To Visit: All year round
- How To Reach: Take a taxi from your hotel and head for Quach Thi Trang Square, the roundabout of Le Loi and Tran Hung Dao avenue
- Nearest Airport: Tan Son Nhut Airport
The Ben Thanh Market is the nerve center of the Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The bustling ambience of locals and visitors indulged in bargaining, checking out the fares, and enjoying local delicacies make a visit to the market a must of all Vietnam visits. Visiting the Ben Thanh is the best way to understand the local people and their customs, including what they eat, what they wear, how they bargain and how they deal with each other. Not being a modern shopping center, it provides a great insight into the authentic Vietnamese way of life.
The market presently stands at the intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi and Tran Hung Dao Avenue. Almost every road in the city is connected to the market. The main gate of the market is a yellow clock tower that has become the symbol of the city.
History of the Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City was set up during the French occupation in the 19th century. It was originally located on the bank of Ben Nghe River near Gia Din Fort until 1899 when it was shifted to the current location in 1912 and was called the New Ben Thanh Market. The building was later renovated in 1985.
Shopping in Ben Thanh Market
You can find numerous items to shop in Ben Thanh Market. There are a wide variety of goods on sale, such as consumer goods, cakes and candies, arts and crafts, clothes, utensils, souvenirs, food, meat and vegetables and coffee powder to name a few. It is a covered market where you can check out the many galleries selling various items. Goods are displayed in a very attractive way that always catches the eyes of the buyers.
Bargain hard before you buy anything. The food section is very interesting as you can eat warm Vietnamese Beef Pho and have cold desserts. The market meets all requirements for the customers’ daily use. You can enter the market through the four gates that are very convenient. The market remains open from 6 am to 7 pm. Ben Thanh Market is one of the most attractive tourist sites in the city for both domestic and foreign visitors.
Hotels near Ben Thanh Market
The Ho Chi Minh City has several hotels around Ben Thanh Market. Most of these hotels maintain a high standard and excellent services. Some of them are: Lavender Hotel, Tan Hai Long Hotel, Asian Ruby 2 Hotel, Sanouva Hotel, Thuan Thien Hotel, Tan Hoang Ngoc Hotel, Norfolk Hotel, Hoang Hai Long and many more. You can also check out few restaurants around the area. Some of them are Thanh Binh, Nam Giao, Pho 2000, Mitau, Temple Club, Nhu Lan and many more.