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Ben Thanh Market

Ben Tanh Market © Stephan Ridgeway
Ben Tanh Market © Stephan Ridgeway

Today the market thrives on tourist dollars and is tightly packed with stalls selling clothing, pottery, souvenirs, jewels and food. It is rumoured that buyers will be given their purchases in differently coloured bags according to their bargaining ability, as a sign to other vendors. The market was moved to its current building in 1912 but has existed in the area for hundreds of years.

The market's long history also runs in the family, as permanent stalls are passed down from generation to generation. Some of Vietnam's specialties, such as cobra and scorpion whiskey or Vietnamese silk, can be bought cheaply here. The market is open daily from 8am to 6pm but an outdoor night market and food stalls surround the area until much later.

Opening times: Daily from 8am to 6pm