Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in District 1 (Central Ho Chi Minh City), The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine. 

OVERVIEW

Ben Thanh Market

Vietnamese: Chợ Bến Thành

Ben Thanh Market is a large market in District 1, which sells almost everything from food to clothing and footwear. If you come to Saigon, you should visit Ben Thanh market once, not because the food here delicious, nor the prices here are cheap, but because it is a symbol of Saigon. 

Ben Thanh market has four main gates:

Cua Nam (South gate): where trade in goods such as clothing, cloth and dry food.

Cua Bac (North gate): where trade in fruit and fresh food.

Cua Dong (East gate): where trade in cosmetics and confectionery.

Cua Tay (West door): where trade in foods, drinks and souvenirs.

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Ben Thanh Market

 

HOW TO GO

Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market is about 7km. You can go from Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market by bus, taxi, Grabtaxi or Uber.

For bus: You take buses 152 (fare: 6000 dong).

For taxi: Fare is about 100,000 dong.

For Grabtaxi: 76,000 dong.

For Uber: 90,000 dong.

 

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From Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market is about 7 km

 

Ben Thanh station is about 500m from Ben Thanh Market (opposite Ben Thanh market). Ben Thanh station is large bus station in Ho Chi Minh city. You should note this location, we took it as a basis for directions to other locations.

 

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How to go to Ben Thanh station

 

 

EXPERIENCES

Ben Thanh market area has a lot of accommodations, you can rent  here for convenient travel.

Prices of commodities at Ben Thanh market is quite expensive, you should consider when buying.

Estimated time to visit: 1-2 hours.

Nearby locations: 23/9 Park (is about 100 m), Bui Vien street (is about 1 km).

 

OUR SUGGESTIONS

Really, we do not appreciate foods and drinks at the Ben Thanh area because they are relatively expensive and not so delicious. However, we will introduce you to some retaurants that we found reasonable.

  1. Banh Beo Hue: Address: Door  number 7; Ben Thanh Market; Main food: Banh Beo; Price: 20,000 - 50,000 dong; Opening: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
  2. Quan Bun Mam: Address: 22 Phan Boi Chau, District 1; Main foods: Bun Mam, Goi Cuon; Price: 10,000 - 65,000 dong; Opening: 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
  3. Be Che: Address: Door number 7, Ben Thanh Market;  Main food: Che; Price: 17,000 -39,000 dong; Opening: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
  4. Oc Van: Address: Ben Thanh Market, Main food: Shellfish; Price: 20,000 - 50,000 dong; Opening: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Some sellers selling higher than actual prices, so before you buy you should bargain, surely they will reduce the price for you.