Ben Thanh Market (Cho Ben Thanh) is the largest market in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Known as Saigon Market is the place to shop in the city of Ho Chi Minh

Ben Thanh Market - Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market (Cho Ben Thanh) in Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam


The Market Ben Thanh Ho Chi Minh, whose Vietnamese name is Cho Ben Thanh (Chợ Ben Thanh) also known as the Saigon market, is the tourist shopping place par excellence of the Ho Chi Minh City, to the South of Vietnam. This tourist spot is located in the heart of the city, in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, specifically the Ben Thanh market is located at the end of the shopping street Le Loi (Le Loi in Vietnamese) and the beginning of the Le Lai Street)see map).

Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam
Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam


What to buy Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh?


In the market you can find clothes (the famous Vietnamese Ao Dai costume and also Vietnamese hat), Footwear, accessories, jewelry, hardware, pet shops, crafts, flowers, spices, nuts, food and restaurants (see Vietnamese cuisine). If you can not find what you want within the Ben Thanh Market, you will not be able to find it in the city of Ho Chi Minh.

Bargain shopping in Ben Thanh Market

As a general rule, prices are not fixed and will haggle, or as traders say, apply a discount (with the exception of restaurants).

Ben Thanh Night Market


During the day, traders and positions are on the inside of the building of the market, but the evening (after 18:00), the market closes to make way for the called Ben Thanh night market. A part of traders mounted their street stalls and shelves on the outside of the Ben Thanh market and all the restaurants and food without exception, stalls continue its activity at the gates of Cho Ben Thanh market.

Ben Thanh night market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam
Ben Thanh night market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market Hours of Ho Chi Minh

The market opens its doors in the early hours of the morning and close in the evening at 18:00. It is open every day of the week (Monday to Sunday) regardless of whether it is a public holiday, only during the lunar new year (Tết) and national holidays some shops may be closed. From 18:00 until midnight, on the outside of the enclosure, it continues the night market.

Ben Thanh Market Data

This building, which covers an area of more than 13,000 m 2, is built in concrete painted in cream with red roofs. Rectangular in shape, has 4 entry doors or access to the interior of the building, each door has an animal as a symbol of that entry, for example at the front door the animal is a cow.

Gateway Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam
Gateway Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam

The highlight of the main façade is the huge clock housed in the middle of the turret from the front door.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market History

Cho Ben Thanh market was built in the year 1914 by the French (as well as other buildings in the city, as the) Notre Dame Cathedral or the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh). Although the building is relatively modern market, the inhabitants of the city and traded near the river since the seventeenth century.

Flowers in Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam
Flores Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam

Videos Ben Thanh Market Ho Chi Minh

A walk inside the market, where you can see all the shops, stalls, markets and street markets (more on Markets in Vietnam.


This is a video filmed outside the Ben Thanh Market building at night. You can see the bustle of people and the environment from the night market.


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