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Ben Thanh Market

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.

Popular Activities at Ben Thanh Market

There are so many ways to enjoy this place. We've put together a list of things to do at Ben Thanh Market:

Have a look at our Ho Chi Minh City things to do page to find even more activities while you're in the area.


Guide to Exploring around Ben Thanh Market


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Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint ¥8,616
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint

59 - 61 Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Dong Khoi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Takashimaya Vietnam, Saigon Square, and Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon River are also within 10 minutes.

    Hotel Nikko Saigon ¥10,762
    Hotel Nikko Saigon

    Hotel Nikko Saigon

    235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tu Du Hospital and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street and An Dong Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Rex Hotel ¥12,895
      Rex Hotel

      Rex Hotel

      141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Saigon River are also within 5 minutes.

        Hotel Majestic Saigon ¥11,301
        Hotel Majestic Saigon

        Hotel Majestic Saigon

        01 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Dong Khoi, this luxury hotel is steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

          Liberty Central Saigon Riverside ¥7,344
          Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

          Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

          17 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dong Khoi, this spa hotel is steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 minutes.

            New World Saigon Hotel ¥10,465
            New World Saigon Hotel

            New World Saigon Hotel

            76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, walking distance from Zen Plaza, Ben Thanh Market, and September 23 Park. Also nearby are Tao Dan Park and Bui Vien Walking Street. Saigon Railway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Liberty Central Saigon Centre ¥5,019
              Liberty Central Saigon Centre

              Liberty Central Saigon Centre

              179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps from Benthanh Street Food Market and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within 5 minutes.

                The Reverie Saigon ¥23,834
                The Reverie Saigon

                The Reverie Saigon

                22 - 36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57 - 69F Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the business district, just steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Opera House and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.