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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.
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Thanh Market, Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, and Saigon Square. Bui Vien Walking Street and Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts are also within 10 minutes.
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 Saigon River. Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Opera House are also within 5 minutes.
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Saigon Square. Ben Thanh Market and Bitexco Financial Tower are also within 10 minutes.
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square, and Saigon Central Post Office. Saigon Square and Independence Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in District 1, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Ben Thanh Market. Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts and Opera House are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps from Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Bitexco Financial Tower and Opera House are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the city center of Ho Chi Minh City, this luxury hotel is near the airport and within walking distance of Zen Plaza, Ben Thanh Market, and September 23 Park. Also nearby are Tao Dan Park and Bui Vien Walking Street.
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Opera House and Saigon Central Post Office. Saigon Square and Independence Palace are also within 15 minutes.