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Ben Thanh Market

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Ben Thanh Market showing markets and shopping

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Bến Thành Market is the oldest surviving market in Ho Chi Minh City and one of Vietnam’s top destinations. It is a must-see for anyone visiting this 300-year-old city. Explore the colorful stalls and buy food, souvenirs and clothing from the local vendors.

The market began in the early 17th century as an informal gathering of street vendors near the Saigon River. In 1870, the French colonialists formally established it as Les Halles Centrales (the central market). It was moved to a new building in 1912 and renamed Bến Thành Market.

Wander through the stalls, where you can browse through a huge range of Vietnamese goods. Whether you are looking for a kitschy souvenir or traditional clothing, you will find it here. However, the market is not just for tourists. Residents of Ho Chi Minh City do their daily shopping here, so Bến Thành Market offers visitors a peek into local tastes and customs.

Bến Thành Market is also the perfect place to enjoy an authentic taste of Vietnam. Stop by a food stall for a local specialty, such as deep fried whole fish, or a refreshing tea.

Haggling is a major part of the shopping experience in Vietnam and a necessity, as vendors initially charge inflated prices. For the best shopping experience, come to Bến Thành Market ready to bargain.

Bến Thành Market is located in District 1, the central urban hub of Ho Chi Minh City. The iconic clock tower that rises above the market makes it impossible to miss. The area is always pulsing with pedestrian and vehicle traffic, so watch your step as you cross to the market. Bến Thành Market is open every day. Although the main market closes around dinnertime, the Ben Thanh Night Market stays open later.

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Top Hotels Close to Ben Thanh Market

Dyn Opera Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18 Cao Ba Quat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is ¥1,872 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera House and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central Post Office ...
4.3/5Excellent! (49 reviews)
"Nhân viên thân thiện, giả rẻ, nội thất mới, yên tĩnh"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Dyn Opera Hotel
Grand Hotel Saigon
Grand Hotel Saigon
5 out of 5
8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,325 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Opera ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Highly recommended
"I went to HCM for a business trip and stayed here for one day. The staffs are so kind to me, the room rate is reasonable, the location is closed to everywhere. I could go to Ben Thanh in 10mins by walking and the famous restaurants and massage shops are also within a walking distance. The pool looked ..."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Grand Hotel Saigon
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, Bui Vien Walking Street, and Ben Thanh Market. Takashimaya Vietnam ...
4.1/5Very Good! (78 reviews)
great for budget travelers
"ok hotel. great location with good food court across the road and very busy night life only 100mtr walk. and very easy walk into city centre and main attractions"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Park View Saigon Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Ben Thanh Market

Dyn Opera Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18 Cao Ba Quat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is ¥1,872 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Dyn Opera Hotel
Grand Hotel Saigon
Grand Hotel Saigon
5 out of 5
8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,325 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Grand Hotel Saigon
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Park View Saigon Hotel
Chez Mimosa Corner
Chez Mimosa Corner
3.5 out of 5
No 43 Co Giang street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥2,369 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Chez Mimosa Corner
Orchids Saigon Hotel
Orchids Saigon Hotel
4 out of 5
192 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥3,745 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Orchids Saigon Hotel
Sophia Hotel
Sophia Hotel
3 out of 5
36-38 Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥3,756 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Sophia Hotel
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
15/1A-15A/57A Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥9,972 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Roseland Centa Hotel & Spa
Muong Thanh Sai Gon
Muong Thanh Sai Gon
4 out of 5
8A Mac Dinh Chi St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥5,991 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Muong Thanh Sai Gon
New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥9,074 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
New World Saigon Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.