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    Situated in the dynamic and bustling center area, Ben Thanh Market ("Chợ Bến Thành") is a famous tourist stop and a recognized symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. Started operation from 1914, the hundred-years-old market, one of the oldest markets in the City, has witnessed many historical changes of an old land Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City today.

    Ben Thanh Market has a total area of 13.056 m² with 04 big main gates faced to the four cardinal directions: South Gate (main entrance), North Gate, East Gate and West Gate; and 12 smaller side gates. 

    The market attracts visitors with a wide range of  variety products from clothing, footwear, textiles, handicraft items, brocades, jewelry to amazing local food choices. Especially, language barrier is no more a big deal as most of the sellers here can communicate in English, Chinese, Janpanese, Korean, French, etc. 

    After 6pm, as indoor kiosks close down, both sides of the market become more lively and crownded and transforms into a night market. Street food is the most highlight experience during the night market where tourists can find many popular specialties throughout Vietnam.

    In 2012, Ben Thanh Market was ranked as one of the top 10 delicious street food places in the world by the famous magazine Food and Wine.



    * Website: www.chobenthanh.org.vn

    * Ben Thanh Management Board:

    Tel: (+84 8) 38299274 - Email: bqlcbt@gmail.com

    Hotline: (+84 8) 66 50 45 45

    Opening time:

    Opening hours: 07:00 AM - 08:00 PM (Raw fresh foods section opens from 04:00 AM)

    Ben Thanh Night Market: 06:00 PM - 00:00 AM

    Length of visit: 0:30 – 1:00


    Entrance fee: Free (Donation is welcome for restoration). 


    - If you want to experience kind of local tradditional market, Ben Thanh Market is a good choice as most of the sellers can communicate in English and some orther foreign languages. 

    - There is no air-con in the market. Make sure that you bring water along and a hand fan could be much helpful. 

    - You can find nice sourvernirs or sweet things back as gift. But always remmember bargain is a MUST (50% lower of the offerred price at least). 

    - Food choices in Ben Thanh especially at night is highly recommended. Arround 7-8pm, it becomes very busy. Come earlier or later than that if you don't want to be hustled in the crowd.

    Make it a habit to be careful with your property whenever you are in crowded areas.