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Ben Thanh Market which is located in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh city is a big market that sells so many products started from fresh fruit to clothes. The Market was built first in the early 17th century. The market itself was destroyed by fire in 1870 and got renovated in 1985. Ben Thanh Market is the symbol of Ho Chi Minh city because of its old building that stay as it is in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh.
An Exciting Tour in Ben Thanh Market
For those of you who are visiting Saigon and wanted to buy souvenirs with a cheap price, then go directly to Ben Thanh Market. Ben Thanh Market sells so many products like handicrafts, t-shirts, backpacks, and many more. However, when you want to buy some of the products, you need to do sama bargaining first. If not, then you will get a very expensive price. Some of the sellers there talks in English and also French, so it will be more convenient for you if you want to bid some of the prices there.
The highlight of Ben Thanh Market is its street food. Ben Thanh Market provide a big place for the visitors to have some rest from the bargaining activity. The best street food that Ben Thah Market has are usually sell during the night market open. Some of the food that you need to try here are crispy rice pancakes, fresh seafood, and many more. Most of the restaurants near the market are also open in the evening. So, take the tour to Ben Thanh Market and try the best traditional food of Vietnam.
When you are visiting a country, it is a must to buy the traditonal clothes of that country. In the Ben Thanh Market, you will easily find Ao Dai which is the traditional costume of Vietnam and Non La or the conical hat that usually worn by Vietnamese. Ao Dai and Non La are available in many colors, so might as well choose the best colors and the best substance.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning to go to Ben Thanh Market, you don't need to prepare any money for the entrance tickets. However, if you are planning to go to the market with your own car, please prepare some cash money to pay for the parking tickets.
How To Get Around?
To get around Ben Thanh Market it is best to go by foot because you will have an outdoor tour and you will also get to move to another place in a fast pace.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tour around Ben Thanh Market, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Also, wear a comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the complex in comfort.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ben Thanh Market is at the morning and night. The market is open fro 6 am to 6 pm and the continued with the night market from 6 pm to 12 am. In the morning, the market will not be too busy, but never came to the market after 9 am because you will literally kill yourself inside the market as it will be very hot and crowded. In the night, it is very recommended to try some of the best Vietanemese street food in the Ben Thanh Market.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need any guide and all the detail information for your tour is available on this site.
How To Get There?
If you are planning to visit Ben Thanh Market, it is recommended to go there by car or taxi. It will take around 30 minutes of driving from the center of Ho Chi Minh city via Cách Mạng Tháng 8. It is also recommended to go there by bus. You just need to make sure when and where the bus will depart. If you are taking a bus, the tour will take around 45 minutes.
As it is the busiest market in Saigon, might as well pay attention to your belongings so that you can avoid a pickpocket tragedy.