Binh Tay Market, Cho Lon
Often overshadowed by the much-praised Ben Thanh Market, Binh Tay Market brings a special charm to Ho Chi Minh City's Chinatown, better known to the locals as Cho Lon.
Visitors can expect to find freshly-caught seafood and just-picked produce creating a colourful perimeter around the market's outer edge, while the space behind the market walls bursts with the bright hues of bulk-goods, from herbs and spices to dried fruits and nuts. Nestled at the back, a cluster of vendors serving traditional Vietnamese are ready to refuel weary shoppers with delicious dishes.
Though typical tourist trinkets are inevitably interspersed throughout, Binh Tay Market's allure lies in its authenticity, making it a must-see attraction for travellers wanting to experience the "real" Vietnam.
Cho Lon Hotels
Beat the crowds and get to Binh Tay Market bright and early when you stay at the beautifully designed PARKROYAL Saigon, conveniently located less than 10 kilometres away from Cho Lon and its many sights.