In Ho Chi Minh City, shopping options are numerous but one of the most famous and prominent destinations is Ben Thanh Market. Being one of the city's most famous landmarks having been in existence since the French Occupation and one of the earliest surviving structures that is located in Ho Chi Minh City, the original market structure was destroyed in a fire and then reconstructed. However the market was eventually relocated and stands at its current location at the center of the city since 1899.
Being the busiest market in Vietnam and featuring over 3000 stalls, visitors will most certainly find what they are looking for at Ben Thanh Market. All kinds of unusual items (and the usual marketplace fare) can be found here including snake wines, coffee beans, hand bags, shoes, flowers, postcards, arts and crafts, souvenirs, clothes, meat, vegetables, and more. Guests visiting should make sure that they bargain for the goods that they purchase as vendors are willing to haggle, and the initial prices that are charged can be extremely overpriced.
Stalls are arranged in tightly formed grids that each feature a different product type. In true market fashion most of the stalls display their goods in a traditional packed and compact manner.
Located at the back of the market are a range of small food stalls that provide guests with the option of choosing from a variety of scrumptious cuisine.
Guests should also dress lightly as the temperature at this market is fairly high. Ben Thanh Market is open 7 days a week from 6:00 am till 10:00 pm.
Due to the market’s centralized location almost every road in the city is connected to this attraction. Visitors to the city will be unable to avoid the roundabout that is situated right outside the market when traveling to the various other attractions located throughout the city.
Staying in a City Hotel Ho Chi Minh located close to this shopping area such as the PARKROYAL Hotel Saigon provides guests with convenient access to this destination. In addition to being one of the Saigon hotels near Ben Thanh Market Saigon, PARKROYAL Saigon hotel also offers a variety of facilities and services to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.