Ben Thanh Market is a destination that you must visit because this is the place containing the unique cultural features of Saigon. Let’s follow us to discover this market by sharing the experience of going to the Ben Thanh market below.
1. Where is Ben Thanh Market located?
Ben Thanh Market is located in District 1, in the central area of Saigon, and it is located on Le Thanh Ton Street, Phan Chu Trinh Street, Phan Boi Chau Street, and Le Loi Street.
Experience going to Ben Thanh market, finding the address of this market is very simple, you go to any door, there is an entrance, but if you come for the first time, you should stop by the South gate to check-in, take photos. The South Gate of Ben Thanh Market is located on Le Loi Street, opposite Quach Thi Trang Park.
2. Instructions on how to go to Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh Market is located in the heart of Saigon. So you can quickly get here by taxi or rent a motorbike and go to; you should turn on Google Maps for directions.
Around the market, there are many private parking spots, but in our experience, you need to ask the price before you park your bike
If you want to save money, you can take a bus, the bus routes are 03, 04, 152, 18, 36, 56, 93, 96 (note that the bus only parks at a nearby spot, and will have to walk another 5-10 minutes).
3. What’s unique about Ben Thanh Market?
Ben Thanh Market has long become one of the symbols of Saigon tourism because of its unique architecture and associated with its history. This market is more than 100 years old; although it has been remodeled many times, it still retains the ancient architectural features.
This is the largest retail market, with a total area of up to 13,000 m2 and a total of more than 1,400 stalls; you can easily find many items from high-end to affordable in this market.
Every day, Ben Thanh market welcomes more than 10,000 visitors to visit and shop. And many people joked that, if you want to know what Saigon people wear and eat, go to Ben Thanh market and you will have the answer.
Because everything from clothes, bags, shoes, Household appliances, food… in general, all the things needed for daily life, here has it.
From morning to night, this market is always busy. If you come here for the first time, you may be dizzy because it is difficult to find the stall you want. Still, this market is organized or very methodical, and there will be an information board indicating the location of the stalls in the area, right at four main gates.
The South Gate of Ben Thanh Market (the main door of the market) specializes in fabrics, clothes, dry food, etc meanwhile the North Gate of this Market is for fresh fruit and food.
The East Gate is a paradise of cosmetics and confectionery products, and the final west gate is where you can buy shoes, Vietnamese souvenirs, or handicrafts.
4. Experience Shopping Bargaining at Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh Market is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and the night market is open from 6:00 pm to about 10:00 pm. If you want to shop, I recommend you to come during the day because, in the evening, some stalls are closed and make way for more food services.
Note, don’t buy what you see for the first time in the market, because go to many other stalls and you will find they also sell this item and can sometimes get a better price.
It is possible to bargain at this market; you should reduce the price from 1/4 – 1/2 compared to the price offered by the seller is the most reasonable.
If there is no need to buy anything, walking and looking is enough, don’t touch the items and put them down; the sellers don’t like this.
5. What To Eat at Ben Thanh market?
Ben Thanh market food court is also a favorite destination for food lovers, and it would be remiss if you did not taste them. You can easily find the main dishes of all kinds such as Bun Rieu, broken rice, seven-color sticky rice, spring rolls… to Vietnamese desserts such as ice cream, tea, cake.
6. Experience Ben Thanh Night Market
When the city lights up, Ben Thanh night market will also become the busiest and most vibrant. From 18h00 to 19h00 onwards, the main stalls begin to close.
And also, at this time, the food stalls began to display grilled dishes, seafood, beer, and tourists came to gather, eat and drink highly crowded.
7. Tips when going to Ben Thanh market
To have a smooth and convenient tour and discovery of Ben Thanh market, don’t miss out on some of the experiences we’ve accumulated below:
This market is relatively large, so it is expected to take about 1-hour to visit, shop, and enjoy food.
It is recommended to combine with a visit to Vincom, Bitexco Financial Tower, or Diamond Plaza nearby to discover more exciting things from Saigon.
When crossing the street, it is necessary to pay attention to the traffic in the very crowded Ben Thanh market area watch carefully to avoid collisions with other vehicles.
Going at rush hour, crowded, you need to take good care of your personal belongings to avoid pickpocketing.
Hopefully, the above experiences of going to the Ben Thanh market have helped you know how to explore this market most simply and easily. I hope you have a great time and have a lot of fun.
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