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Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market which includes markets and shopping

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.

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Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
4 out of 5
179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $39 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in District 1, this spa hotel is steps from Benthanh Street Food Market and Ben Thanh Market. Saigon Square and Museum of Ho Chi Minh City are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
Worst stay, unattentive staff
"Website not completely updated that they no longer have smoking rooms. That is the only reason we have booked this hotel a number of times. We arrived past 12 noon, no guests around, no music, not all lights turned on, only 1 elevator operating. Was told we cannot check in yet because standard check ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020

Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Silverland Yen Hotel
Silverland Yen Hotel
4 out of 5
73-75 Thu Khoa Huan st, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $32 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benthanh Street Food Market, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Square. Independence Palace and Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (578 reviews)
Cheap and cheerful!!
"Clean, tidy room. Had bath but difficult to use as had to climb in to turn on taps and plug in due to shower screen."

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2021

Silverland Yen Hotel
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $68 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Consulate Area, Saigon River, and Vietnam National Museum of History. Saigon Central Post ...
4.4/5Excellent! (655 reviews)
Thank you all.
"Thank you to all staffs who provided excellent service."

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2020

Sofitel Saigon Plaza
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Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
4 out of 5
179 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $39 per night from May 18 to May 18
Liberty Central Saigon Centre
Silverland Yen Hotel
Silverland Yen Hotel
4 out of 5
73-75 Thu Khoa Huan st, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $32 per night from May 16 to May 16
Silverland Yen Hotel
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5 out of 5
17 Le Duan Boulevard, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $68 per night from May 16 to May 16
Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
20-22-24 Thai Van Lung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $27 per night from May 17 to May 17
Silverland Sil Hotel & Spa
The Myst Dong Khoi
The Myst Dong Khoi
5 out of 5
6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $93 per night from May 14 to May 14
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Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $60 per night from May 16 to May 16
Pullman Saigon Centre
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $42 per night from May 27 to May 27
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Metro Points Hotel
Metro Points Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27-29 Truong Dinh St., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $22 per night from May 20 to May 20
Metro Points Hotel
Fusion Suites Saigon
Fusion Suites Saigon
4 out of 5
3-5 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is CA $54 per night from May 26 to May 26
Fusion Suites Saigon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.