Tips for Visiting Ben Thanh Market and Ben Thanh Night Market
Open each day at the crack of dawn, bargain hunters are encouraged to head to Ben Thanh Market early to get the best deals. Not only do prices appear to rise as the clock ticks closer to the market's official closing time of 6:00pm, stallholders will also be more willing to negotiate in the early hours of the day to make their first sale.
After dark, the streets that surround Ben Thanh market are inundated with stalls as the entire neighbourhood transforms into the Ben Thanh Night Market. An equally enjoyable yet entirely different experience to that of Ben Thanh Market by day, Ben Thanh Night Market's allure is found amidst the fragrant charcoal smoke of street vendors and the fluorescent signs of stallholders.
Barter for Bargains
Generally speaking, visitors to the market are encouraged to negotiate with stallholders, who are notorious for inflating prices, but browsers beware – some kiosks sport signs discouraging the practice, so it's best to try your luck at a stall further down the line if you're willing to battle for a bargain.
Get Dressed Up
Not just a destination for savvy shoppers and self-confessed foodies, Ben Thanh Market is one of the best places in Ho Chi Minh City to find an ao dai – a traditional Vietnamese dress made from with bright silk fabric.
Eat on the Street
Visitors wanting to sample traditional Vietnamese cuisine will be spoiled for choice once the sun goes down and the stalls from inside Ben Thanh Market begin to spill out into the street. Try local favourites like bahn xeo and bahn cuon or slurp a steaming bowl of Pho – one of the country's most well-known dishes.
Watch your Step
While stalls flooding the footpath may give the illusion of a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, it's an important point of advice that Ben Thanh Night Market's bustling boulevards remain open to vehicles at all times. Perhaps the only pit-fall of Ben Thanh Market's prime location, travellers trekking through the market area should be mindful of motorists, who routinely squeeze through the stands as they pass through town.
Getting to Ben Thanh Market
From PARKROYAL Saigon, follow Nam Ky Khoi Nghia toward the Saigon River for five kilometres to arrive at the market's entrance. A wise choice for travellers wanting a hotel near Ben Thanh Market, the convenient location of PARKROYAL Saigon's luxurious rooms and suites make it easy to double back and enjoy Ben Thanh Market by day and by night.