Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in district 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, which is popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai, souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.
Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
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 because it is a symbol of Saigon.
It 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.
Ben Thanh Market
HOW TO GO
Form Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market is about 7km. You can get there by bus, taxi or Grabtaxi.
For bus: You take buses 152 (fare: 6000 dong).
For taxi: Fare is about 100,000 dong.
For Grabtaxi: 76,000 dong.
From Tan Son Nhat airport to Ben Thanh market is about 7 km
Ben Thanh station is about 500m from Ben Thanh Market (on Ham Nghi Street). Ben Thanh station is the biggest bus station in Ho Chi Minh city. You should note this location, we take it as a basis for directions to other locations.
How to go to Ben Thanh station
This area has a lot of accommodations, you can rent a room here for convenient travel (view Hillary Saigon Homestay)
Prices of commodities here are quite expensive, you should bargain when buying.
Estimated time to visit: 1-2 hours.
Nearby locations: 23/9 Park (is about 100 m), Bui Vien Walking Street (is about 1 km).
In fact, 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 restaurants that we found reasonable.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oc Van: Address: Ben Thanh Market, Main food: Shellfish; Price: 20,000 - 50,000 dong; Opening: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.