Ben Thanh Market is a symbol and one of the largest markets in Ho Chi Minh City. For a tourist, this market is a perfect place for searching for many items from handicrafts, textiles to local cuisine.
Established in the 17th century, this place was created by vendors near the Sai Gon River. In 1870, the fire destroyed the total market and the French rebuilt it. In 1912, New Ben Thanh Market was established and it still existed today.
What can be found here? Well, first of all, it is real Vietnamese food. In the market, you can eat various kinds of dishes like Banh cuon, Banh xeo, Hu tieu, etc. Beer is also a cheap-price item (only from 2-5 $).
Besides, local clothes and handicrafts are also famous. You can buy everything from clothes, bags to shoes, sweets, etc. Handicrafts created by excellent carpenters are best-selling.
Especially, since Ben Thanh market is an ancient tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, so all services are quite regulated and there is no tourist solicitation phenomenon.
Location: Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Opening hours: 6:00 –24:00 every day