Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market
3.5
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
About
This central market is the symbol and soul of Saigon, with over 1,500 booths trading wholesale and retail items ranging from food and apparel to fabric and cosmetics. There are four main gates and 12 entrances—with the main entrance located near the big clock tower. Here, you can spot interesting souvenir picks like embroidered wallets, lacquerware and silk scarves. If you’re a coffee lover, locals would recommend homegrown brands like Trung Nguyen, Metrang, Wakeup and Mr. Viet Coffee. When hungry, treat yourself to a comforting bowl of pho, a dragon fruit smoothie and Hue cake for dessert. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience Ben Thanh Market
See what travellers are saying
  • Prama Datta
    Hyderabad, India28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A market that sells it all....
    I don't think there is anything that you will not find in this market. T-shirts, Bags, Watches, Belts, Different types of locally packaged food and so much more. However, you need to know the art of bargaining. A quick tip would be to quote around 40 percent of the price. The shop keepers are very sweet and funny. You will also find a lot of Indian Tourists at this place. This market starts at 7 am and starts closing around 7 pm in the evening.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • NattyG
    Canberra, Australia33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see and experience - food, clothings and souvenirs
    An asian market is a fast paced, eclectic mix of sights, smells and experiences. If you like to 'bag a bargain' and you are prepared to put in the work then this place is for you. Know what you want before you go and research what you want to pay for it. The best outcome is everyone leaves the interaction happy. Although it may not be for everyone, if you like this type of hustle and bustle and want to try the tasty spring rolls and pho soup, we would recommend it. On a side note, be sure you use authentic taxi services in an around the markets, other private cars (look like taxi) often wait outside and do not charge on the meter.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Tayla
    Brisbane, Australia69 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harassed and overpriced
    A very interesting experience. We went there to grab some food and got absolutely harassed to buy something from all the vendors. The food was average and slightly overpriced, the street food across the road is better and much more friendly vendors. It also has a very strong smell in there so be warned. We stayed nearby as we thought we’d go lots but after the first time didn’t go back. If you want to buy lots of clothes/goods it would be okay but get ready to be yelled at.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Kiwidreamchasers
    Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Typical Vietnamese market
    We have been to a few other markets in Vietnam and find most are similar and sell the same products. Most of the stall owners are quite aggressive in their sales pitch but you learn not to react or engage unless you are actually interested in an item. If you don’t know roughly what you should be paying it would be easy to pay way more than the items are worth. Haggling the price is part of the experience and I found usually the end price was a quarter of what was originally asked. Worth a visit especially if you haven’t been to a market before.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • SJWJR
    507 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just another market
    Another market selling the same stuff as all the others. You need to haggle with the prices as they start of ridiculously high. Be careful if you are buying bags, they will tell you leather when it is not. They will even do the lighter test. It is imitation leather, they got very annoyed when I told them it was not real but then reduced their prices to a fraction of the price. The food stalls were excellent and we ate there a couple of times.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Steven Porter
    Portadown, United Kingdom94 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Same same....but same!
    Like each and every indoor market across SE Asia....all human life is here. Nothing you could possibly need and everything you may think you want is here in abundance. We stopped for a coconut and a little people watching.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Carolineannecole
    Hartlepool, United Kingdom93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cramped, hot and busy but worth it for the bargains!
    This market is everything you would expect from a market in South East Asia. It is cramped, hot and full of ‘designer’ gear at knock down prices. It is repetitive in it’s merchandise, the stall holders are persistent & relentless but it is always great fun, especially if you love a barter & a haggle. During our visit to HCMC we bought trainers, football shirts, T-shirts, ‘Crocs’, sliders, shorts, sunglasses, handbag and even a winter coat for my daughter for school when she gets home. Needless to say, we even purchased a new suitcase to carry all our new items home. :) The stall holders are always in good spirits and like a laugh and banter and are happy for you to walk away. There are also a food section and lots of stalls with Vietnamese gifts and souvenirs. You may love it or hate it but it’s definitely worth a visit when in HCMC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • jodiesward
    Hobart, Australia42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s really worth a visit
    If you can’t handle the marketers trying to sell their wears then shop somewhere less intimidating. We had the best time here haggling and laughing with the locals, they are only trying to make a living . Some awesome finds including a quirky little antique shop on the outside of the market. Offer half or less the asking price and go from there, some bargains to be had. ( advice I got from reading other reviews )
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Renee
    Dixons Creek, Australia25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bargains
    Don’t go here if you don’t like crowds and find haggling confronting. This was much better than the markets in Hanoi who didn’t even try to sell cos it was pack up time in 5 mins. They wouldn’t budge on price or even look for a size I requested. This market couldn’t be more helpful even ran a block away to get the size I needed. Even the quality is great and much better than my kids ever expected.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • mikelawtons
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom236 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun if you go with the right attitude
    Crazy, chaotic and hot experience but absolute fun as long as you keep your sense of humour. Haggling is a must, start at least 70% lower than their asking price. We started at 2 million dong and shook hands at 500,000. They’re great actors and have seen it all so don’t think you can dupe them! To be honest the goods are not the best quality but look good from a distance. Go, enjoy, engage with the traders, life is for living so go and have some fun.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles13,295 reviews
Excellent
2,421
Very good
4,279
Average
4,203
Poor
1,470
Terrible
922

Fitness_biker
Rogers, AR7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Expensive with rude merchants. I would have rated a one, but I want to make sure I am being fair; I really liked the market in Hanoi much better. I also had someone try to pick pocket me. I’m not even sure it’s worth a visit. So many more interesting, safe and exciting things in Ho Chi Minh City to explore.
Written 11 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kevin F
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Great market where you can get just about anything you want/need.
Very busy and be prepared to haggle on prices, even so we found it to be rather expensive and got the same items much cheaper in some of the smaller streets surrounding the market square.
Definitely worth the visit for the experience.
Written 1 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Thien T
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I really enjoyed walking through this market. It’s definitely more of the same with the vendors trying their best to entice you to buy anything.
The market is also quite well organized with the walkways quite wide and very easy to navigate.
The fresh produce section on the one side is definitely not for the squeamish. Avoid if you are so inclined.
The market is under roof but no AC only a few fans doing their best.
Written 31 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Coyote-Travelerz
Jacksonville, FL2,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you’ve never been to a market in Southeast Asia, this is a cultural experience.

The market represents an idea of what a market can be, with small passages/spaces to walk at times and vendors selling all types of items and food.

That said, it’s VERY commercialized, can feel claustrophobic to those who don’t like crowds or cramped spaces, and we felt is geared more towards tourist (aka, a tourist trap).

While worth a visit, you don’t need to spend too much time there.
Written 28 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Pooja P
New Delhi, India66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Overly hyped and congested market. Prices on higher side, though haggling can be done a bit. One can buycClothes, bags, dry fruits, souvenirs etc.
Written 28 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John H
Macedon Ranges, Australia401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
always a must ti see in Saigon. And soem great people...expensive by Vietnamese standards but you can bargain. Also some small, snazzy cheap street food stalls that are excellent value. Most people speak English so ok. Smiles everywhere
Written 26 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

R H
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It’s worth a trip, not really cheap. The stall holders are aggressive but they chilled out a bit in the evening

Go for the experience but not for the shopping
Written 26 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JC2512
Richmond, VA307 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We were a group of 5 friends who visited Ho Chi Minh City in May. We stayed in Hotel Winsuites which was about 2 mins walk from the hotel. This allowed us to explore the market in the evening.

The market pretty much has everything from food, to souvenirs, household things, clothes, bags etc etc... Cannot comment on the quality of things here... but you pretty much find a lot of things.

Bargaining is definitely a thing. If you are good at bargaining you can pretty much reduce the price by 75% of the asking price.

Even if you don't buy anything it was interesting to see the market for sure.
Written 23 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marilyn T
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The market has the same products and several of the stores work with each other. If one store doesn’t have the size or color or style you want they’ll get it from another vendor.
The aisles are small and it’s extremely hot. No a/c but a few fans. The sellers offer you a seat
The end of the market has food. If squeamish don’t go there.
The fake goods are good quality especially the soccer outfits
Dresses / shirts can be made in a day.
Bargain less than 50% of the quoted price.
Written 23 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amy
Castaic, CA4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
There are better places to shop. This is more of a tourist spot and they know they can get away with jacking up the prices. Like 350k dongs for a Nike shirt?? That’s more than my custom dress in Hoi An. Just go to the alleyways near Ben Thanh Market, you can a Nike shirt for 50k dong.
Written 22 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 9,562
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Ben Thanh Market - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Ho Chi Minh City HotelsHo Chi Minh City Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
All things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Day Trips in Ho Chi Minh City
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire