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Ho Chi Minh City is home to one of Vietnam’s most bustling locations – the Ben Thanh Market. The market possesses the perfect balance between being a novel tourist attraction and a respected local hotspot.

Here, consumers can choose from a tapestry of food, souvenirs, and artwork and develop a sense of true Vietnamese life.

History

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ludovic Lubeigt

Unlike so many other Ho Chi Minh City landmarks, the Ben Thanh Market was well established by the French colonialism era. The history of the market dates back as far as the 17th century when entrepreneurial-minded vendors began setting up market stalls on the banks of the Saigon River in the hopes of turning a profit.

By the turn of the 18th century, the market was in full swing and was bustling with vendors and haggling locals alike. The arrival of the French saw a change in the market on the Saigon River.

In 1859, they commandeered its control before a fire in 1870 signaled its end. In 1912, the market was rebuilt to become the country’s finest and moved to its current location.

At the Market

Inside the market. Photo: chee.hong

It’s difficult to properly sum up the sheer range of products available at the Ben Thanh Market. Everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, idiosyncratic gifts, and electronic products are available here, being that the market caters to an increasingly diverse range of customers.

The stalls are awash with the sounds of conversation, haggling, and the pleasant interchange of banter between vendor and potential customer. An entire day can be spent meandering around the market’s long, flowing corridors, observing the cavalcade of hopeful sellers and apprehensive buyers hoping to negotiate a deal.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Michael

Covering an area of over 11,000 square meters, the Ben Thanh market is a perpetual hotbed for human activity. Quiet days are nonexistent and a surplus of eclectic products is the norm. There are a few particularly wonderful art stalls that sell an array of indigenous artifacts and nick-nacks such as silk clothes, chopsticks, artwork, and jewelry.

The Best Time to Visit

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: s tsui

While there’s never a bad time to visit the Ben Thanh Market, it’s important to note the differences between its daytime incarnation and its nighttime one.

After 6 pm, hungry locals seeking a post-work meal start infiltrating the market, making use of its food stalls. The sights, sounds, and smells emanating from these eateries are gloriously Vietnamese and you’ll be able to get a candid insight into the lives of the citizens.

Setting up for lunch. Photo: Adam Straney

There’s a delightfully humble quality in watching a chef cook your meal from only a few feet away. Despite all the food stalls sharing the same skinny stretch of road, the eateries are all incredibly hygienic and the range of fish, meat, and vegetables on offer is noticeably clean and fresh.

Menus are written in both the native tongue and English so there’s no need to feel intimidated or confused when ordering your meal. Once you’re sufficiently satiated, you can resume wandering around the market, marveling at the sight of a metropolis in full swing.

A night market near the Ben Thanh Market. Photo: Alan Gill

Overall, the Ben Thanh Market is a fascinating insight into authentic Vietnamese life. It serves as a wonderful intersection where tourists meet locals and it offers a laundry list of unique goods and services. It may not be the cheapest market in the world, but it may be one of the best!

Aerial of Ben Thanh Market. Photo by: Marco Verch Professional

Details

Address: Đ. Lê Lợi, Phường Bến Thành, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Season: Open Daily

Opened: 1912

Đăng bởi: Hoài Dương

Từ khoá: Ben Thanh Market – HCMC

Ben Thanh Night Market & Street Food Market

Ben Thanh Night Market and Ben Thanh Street Food Market are two vibrant attractions located side by side in Ho Chi Minh City. The night market offers a bustling shopping experience with a wide range of merchandise, while the street food market tantalizes taste buds with a diverse array of delectable Vietnamese dishes. Together, they create an immersive and lively atmosphere where visitors can explore local culture, indulge in shopping, and savor the flavors of Vietnam.

Opening times

Ben Thanh Night Market and Ben Thanh Street Food Market offer a different atmosphere compared to the regular daytime scene at Ben Thanh Market. They open around the same time as the day market is closing, and stay open until midnight.

Opening Hours: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM (midnight)

Days: Open every day

How to get there: Getting to Ben Thanh Night Market and the Ben Thanh Street Food Market is quite easy as they are located in the city center of Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re unable to find them on Google Maps, simply search for the main Ben Thanh Market, as these two places are situated right next to it. It’s a convenient location that can be easily reached on foot, especially if you’re already in the city center. However, if you’re staying a bit further away, taking a taxi is a convenient option. From anywhere in District 1, the taxi fare should typically not exceed 5 USD.

Ben Thanh Night Market

At the Ben Thanh Night Market, located just outside the main building of the regular market, visitors can expect a vibrant outdoor market experience. The market offers a wide range of products including clothing, accessories, souvenirs and handicrafts.

Ben Thanh Street Food Market

Ben Thanh Street Food Market is a trendy food hall located near Ben Thanh Market. It offers a variety of dining options with 20-25 vendors serving a wide range of delicious Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to food, there is a stall selling different types of beer.

The market features bench-style tables at the front and back, with air coolers to provide a more comfortable dining experience. It was created to cater to tourists who may be hesitant to try street food in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a hygienic and appealing environment. While prices may be slightly higher than regular street food stalls, it still remains affordable for visitors.

The experience

While they may not offer the most authentic local experience, they provide an enjoyable and unique atmosphere. At the street food market, you can savor various Vietnamese dishes in a tourist-friendly environment, allowing you to sample “street food” with peace of mind. On the other hand, the night market offers a chance to showcase your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs and other items. These experiences, though not purely authentic, are still a delightful way to spend an evening in the vibrant city.

Afterward, you can easily explore nearby areas such as Bui Vien Street for a lively party scene or the walking street to immerse yourself in the local ambiance and admire the illuminated buildings.

Read here more about nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ben Thanh Market during the day

During the daytime, Ben Thanh Market offers a bustling shopping experience with a wide array of souvenirs, clothing, and other goods to explore. If you arrive before 6PM, you can browse through the regular market and indulge in shopping. Read our detailed Ben Thanh Market guide, for more information.

After 6PM, while the market itself is closed, the building is beautifully illuminated with LED lights, creating a charming and captivating atmosphere in the evening.

Đăng bởi: Hiền Hoàng

Từ khoá: Ben Thanh Night Market & Street Food Market

“Living In Hcmc Has Changed Me In Many Ways”

Bring your dancing shoes for a day with our hip-hop inspired socialite Yen. She is the perfect tour guide if you want to have fun and meet new people or if you want to slow it down and relax in one of the cities hidden coffee shops. If you are looking for someone who is passionate about this city, then Yen is your girl. One of her idols is Ho Chi Minh so this has lead her to learn a lot about the history of the famous landmarks dotted around the city.

Yen’s bravery to follow her dreams have meant that since moving to the city she has transformed from a shy girl who could only speak a little English to the girl about campus. She is part of so many societies we can’t keep track and has friends all over the world. Yen has always had a passion for music. Her love of English was inspired by her desire to sing along to West Life when growing up, making Ireland top on her list of places to travel.

Traveling with Yen will open your eyes to new opportunities as she is the sort of person who is always challenging herself to go out of her comfort zone.

Can you tell me about yourself, what has made you into the person you are today?

Growing up things were tough. My mum divorced and we moved away to start a new life together. People would talk behind her back. In Vietnam sometimes people feel like they don’t have the chose to find true love. They care about being segregated from their community and losing their status, so they stay in bad marriages so they feel like they belong. When my mum left she was judged a lot by other people and we had to leave her home town. I admire her bravery in standing up for what she believed in despite other people judging her for it. ‘My mum sacrificed her youth for me’. She always put me first and refused to remarry until she knew I was old enough to take care of myself. This made us closer, we were a team. I was nothing like I am today, I was very shy. I was always different from the other kids in high school, we had nothing in common. None else was interested in English and Western culture like me. When my mum met the right guy and I knew she wouldn’t be alone I moved to Ho Chi Minh city to study English. Of course I was scared at first. There was one time I was so afraid to ask for directions I ended up cycling around the same roundabout four times. But I guess some of my mum’s bravery has rubbed off on me as I knew I had to follow my dreams. ‘Living in HCMC has changed me in many ways’. I have come along way since then. I met a group of friends who shared my passion. They gave me the confidence to be myself. I started speaking the language I loved. Before, I had only ever learnt gramma and I was too scared of making a mistake to talk. Having these friends allowed me to practice with people who wouldn’t judge me and who were in the same situation as me. This new confidence gave me the courage to explore all the other things I had usually done in private. I joined so many societies. Meeting people who liked the same things as me has helped me to be more comfortable in my own skin and expressing myself.

Where did your style come from?

‘When I moved to the city I started to put on sneakers. I used to only wear traditional clothes’ I always loved music. I used to listen to it in my room and would move my body along to the rhythm. When I moved I took the opportunity to learn to dance. When you dance you need shoes that fit perfectly.  I must have changed my sneakers over ten times before finding the right match and I kept having to change my outfit to go with them.

What part of the culture here in HCMC are you proudest of?

Their open- mindedness. There are so many different cultures here, we see this as a great opportunity to learn about different people. “We know how to take take other cultures but still hold onto our own.” We have the best of both worlds, Western cultures with a uniquely Vietnamese twist.

Is there anything you have learnt from the locals in HCMC which has changed and inspired you?

I learnt to not be afraid to ask locals when you need help. I had to learn to ask people for directions when I moved here alone. Once I started asking I realised how eager to help people are. One time, two motorbike taxi guys even argued with each other to work out the best route for me. Learning to ask people really paid off when I went traveling. In Thailand, asking locals meant I discovered hidden gems, places where there were no other tourists. I could have never found this on my own, none of these places were on the internet.

What do you like the most about the people in Ho Chi Minh City?

They don’t judge you. ‘They don’t care about where I started.’ The only thing that matters is how fast I can learn. It means ‘I can be who I want to be’. People are too busy with their own lives to judge other people. It is a place where you aren’t scared to be yourself and there are so many opportunities for it. If you want to have Yen as your local insider, visit her profile on Inspitrip and give her a shot.

Đăng bởi: Nguyễn Hoà

Từ khoá: “Living in HCMC has changed me in many ways” – a story of local student Yen

Long Xuyen – Floating Market & 5 Things To Do

Long Xuyen is a relatively small city in the Mekong Delta and is best known for the Long Xuyen floating market. It is also a good base for exploring An Giang, one of the most authentic and most beautiful provinces of the delta.

Long Xuyen floating market

The main reason for most travelers to visit Long Xuyen is the floating market. It is one of the least touristy floating markets in the Mekong Delta and therefore feels wonderfully local and authentic.

To see the Long Xuyen floating market at its peak, you need to get up early, because the market starts at 5 in the morning and after 9 it gets a lot quieter. The market is held on a two-kilometer stretch on the Hau River. It’s no surprise that a boat trip is the best way to visit the floating market.

The market is busiest in the early morning hours. Although not as big as the Cai Rang floating market, you can sometimes find hundreds of boats trading various local products such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish. It is a unique sight how boats moor against each other to negotiate about the products they sell on board.

If you are not traveling with a tour, you can negotiate a boat trip to the floating market at the pier in Long Xuyen city. You can often combine this with a follow-up trip through the small canals. Breakfast on the floating market is also possible.

5 things to do in Long Xuyen

The Long Xuyen Floating Market may be its most famous attraction, but there is plenty to do in and around the city. Fortunately, because after a visit to the market you still have a lot of time left.

1. Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary

Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary is in the same province as Can Tho city, but is actually closer to Long Xuyen. About 700,000 storks come here every year to breed and raise their young. Especially around sunrise and sunset it is an impressive sight to see thousands of storks leave their nest (morning) or come back (evening).

2. Ta Pa: Lake, temple & mountain

Around 50 km from Long Xuyen you will find Ta Pa mountain, this is one of the seven mountains in An Giang, even though it is more like a hill. In the otherwise completely flat Mekong Delta, these hills are very striking. At the bottom of the hill is the Ta Pa pagoda, that is built in the local Khmer style. From here it is about 400 meters to the top. The road to the top of the hill is quite bad and difficult, so it can only be reached by motorbike or on foot. There is also a lake next to the hill, which is not impressive in terms of size, but the jade green water and the beautiful location make it well worth a visit.

3. Tra Su

When you drive towards Chau Doc from here, you will pass Tra Su. This submerged forest has a unique biodiversity and a boat trip through the forest which is half underwater feels like you have ended up in a fairytale.

4. Palm field

5. Tram Chim National Park

In Tram Chim National Park you will find a similar forest to Tra Su. This park is best known as one of the best places for bird watching in Vietnam. Take a wonderful boat trip through the mangrove, water lily fields and wetlands. Along the way you can enjoy the peace and quiet and try to spot as many birds as possible, many of which are on the list of protected species.

How to get there?

Long Xuyen is easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho. There are direct buses from these cities.

From Ho Chi Minh City, the journey takes approximately 6 hours and the ticket price is between 90,000 VND to 150,000 VND depending on the type of vehicle.

From Can Tho you already have bus tickets from 30,000 VND. Many buses go that way and it takes just a short 30 minute ride.

Best time to visit

The rainy season takes from May to October, but the rain makes the landscape very green and beautiful. From November to April is dry season.

Accommodation in Long Xuyen

Đăng bởi: Mỹ Hân

Từ khoá: Long Xuyen – Floating market & 5 things to do

An Dong Market In Ho Chi Minh City – A Local Guide

An Dong Market, situated in the vibrant Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City, is a 70-year-old wholesale market renowned for its wide selection of clothes and accessories. This bustling market attracts a large number of visitors and locals alike, offering an authentic shopping experience. While primarily catering to the Vietnamese Chinese community, tourists can also find great deals on fashion items at An Dong Market.

Getting to An Dong Market

Address: No. 34 – 36, An Duong Vuong Street, Ward 9, District 5

Opening hours: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day

An Dong Market is located in District 5, the heart of Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City. To reach the market, you can take several buses such as routes 06, 139, 45, and 56. However, for a more convenient option, it is recommended to take a taxi. The market is approximately 3 to 4 km away from District 1, and depending on your location, a taxi ride will cost between 50,000 VND and 90,000 VND, taking around 15 minutes to reach your destination.

Short history

An Dong Market has a rich history dating back to the 1950s. It was established during a time when the Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh City thrived and flourished. The market was initially a small trading hub, mainly catering to the local Vietnamese-Chinese population.

Over the years, An Dong Market grew in size and popularity, becoming one of the most significant wholesale markets in the city. It gained a reputation for offering a wide variety of goods, particularly clothes and accessories, at competitive prices. The market’s strategic location in Chinatown further contributed to its success and appeal.

Architecture and layout of the market building

An Dong Market, originally constructed in 1951 and later reconstructed in 1991 by the Vietnamese Chinese community, features a vintage and nostalgic architectural style. The market’s design draws inspiration from buildings in Hong Kong from the 1980s and 1990s.

The market is characterized by its rectangular prism shape and its faded white color, which has taken on a grayish hue over time. The exterior is adorned with a concrete grid facade consisting of 306 cells. This unique design not only adds visual interest but also serves a practical purpose by providing protection from the elements while allowing for ventilation.

The building of An Dong Market spans multiple levels, including a basement, ground floor, and first and second floors. Each level is bustling with shops and stalls offering a diverse range of products, from clothing and accessories to electronics and household goods. The layout of the market is designed to maximize space and facilitate easy navigation for visitors.

What you can find on An Dong Market

An Dong Market is a bustling marketplace known for its diverse range of products, although it has gained particular fame for its extensive selection of fashion items.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can find at the market:

Clothing and Accessories: An Dong Market, the largest wholesale fashion market in Ho Chi Minh City, offers a wide range of fashion items not only for local retail stores but also for agents and businesses in the southern provinces. The market is a treasure trove of clothing fabrics, shoes, and fashion accessories sourced from various locations.

You’ll find an assortment of fashionable clothing items such as dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, and traditional ao dai. Additionally, there are plenty of accessories including bags, shoes, belts, hats, and jewelry to complement your outfit.

Whether you’re looking for Guangzhou (China) products, domestic textiles, Japanese items, or Thai products, An Dong Market caters to different tastes and budgets, providing a diverse shopping experience for fashion enthusiasts.

Fabrics and tailoring services: The market is a haven for those seeking fabrics and tailoring services. With numerous fabric stores, you can explore a diverse range of materials such as silk, cotton, and lace to create custom-made clothing. Skilled tailors are also available on-site to bring your fashion ideas to life.

Electronics and gadgets: An Dong Market caters to tech enthusiasts with its selection of electronics and gadgets. From mobile phones and tablets to cameras, headphones, and other electronic accessories, you can find a variety of tech products at competitive prices.

Home goods and decor: The market offers an assortment of household items and decor pieces. You’ll find kitchenware, tableware, home decor, bedding, and other essentials to spruce up your living space. Whether you’re looking for practical items or decorative accents, An Dong Market has a wide range of options.

Cosmetics and beauty products: Beauty enthusiasts will find an abundance of cosmetics and beauty products at the market. From skincare and makeup items to hair care and fragrances, there are plenty of options to enhance your beauty routine.

Food at An Dong Market

At An Dong Market, the basement is a haven for food enthusiasts, with a variety of food stalls offering a range of local delicacies. From pre-made packaged foods like sweetened dried fruits and snacks to freshly prepared street food dishes such as broken rice with grilled pork chops and noodle soup, visitors can indulge in a satisfying culinary experience.

Additionally, there are sugarcane juice stalls, drink stalls serving coffee, iced tea, and soft drinks, as well as fruit stalls showcasing a selection of Vietnamese fruits that are ready to eat.

Visiting tips

Shopping: As a wholesale market, tourists are welcome to make purchases and explore the wide range of items available.

Bargaining: Bargaining is a common practice in the market, so feel free to negotiate for better prices.

Language barrier: Keep in mind that vendors at An Dong Market may have limited English language skills compared to vendors at Ben Thanh Market, so be patient and use gestures to communicate.

Explore and compare: Take a stroll around the market to explore different stalls and compare prices before making a purchase.

Play it cool: Avoid showing excessive interest in an item as it may weaken your bargaining position. Maintain a casual demeanor during negotiations.

Walking away: If a vendor does not accept your offer, don’t hesitate to walk away. They may call you back with a better deal. If not, it indicates that your offered price was not reasonable.

Banking facilities: An Dong Market has ATMs available for customers to withdraw money. Additionally, most jewelry stores in the market offer currency exchange services.

Facilities: The market is equipped with staircases, escalators, and air-conditioning in certain areas.

Explore Chinatown: Take the opportunity to combine your visit to An Dong Market with other highlights in the Chinatown area.

Other sights close to An Dong Market

Located in the vibrant Chinatown area, a visit to An Dong Market offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the lesser-known parts of Ho Chi Minh City, providing a genuine and local experience away from the typical tourist spots. Within close proximity to the market, you’ll discover remarkable temples like Thien Hau Temple, where you can immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese community.

Additionally, a must-visit destination nearby is Binh Tay Market, the largest and most renowned market in Chinatown. Here, you can witness the bustling atmosphere of daily shopping among the local community, browse through an array of goods, and experience the vibrant ambiance of this historical trading hub. As you wander through the streets surrounding An Dong Market, you’ll also come across hidden alleys and lanes that evoke the charm of Hong Kong or mainland China, offering a unique glimpse into the cultural fusion of this vibrant neighborhood.

Đăng bởi: Cát Tường Bùi Ngọc

Từ khoá: An Dong Market in Ho Chi Minh City – A local guide

Vieng Market Festival, Nam Dinh: Buying Luck In A Lively Atmosphere

Held in Nam Truc and Vu Ban District, Nam Dinh Province, Vieng Market festival is launched on the annual 8th day of the first lunar month, only once in a year, when people have just finished their Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

When Does Vieng Market Festival Take Place?

The market opens on the 8th of January; nevertheless, the most spiritual moment falls on the night of the 7th and early 8th. That is the moment of heavenly-earthly, positive-negative exchange.

According to the popular belief, at the time, men and Gods could reach together and all the prayers could be perceived more clearly. Trade could at the time take place smoothly. Consequently, there are 40,000-50,000 people coming to the market on the night of 7th alone.

The market on the night of 7th is called “Cho am phu” (Hades Market). There are about 10,000-12,000 people coming to the market on the following 8th. The market-goers not only just enjoy the market atmosphere but also bring along the feeling toward Mother, praying for fortune and favourable nature, rich crops, happy family. They buy and sell just for aspiration at luck in the rest of the year.

What are Activities at Vieng Market Festival?

Vieng market is actually typical to an agricultural countryside that is rich in natural products, a kind of radiant open-air “fair” produced by the local farmers, especially ornamental plants, speciality crops, subtle craft articles, utensils, bronze and iron-made tools, etc.

This spring market displays handicraft products, antiquities and false antiquities, utensils, tools for agriculture production, and many kinds of ornamental plants. Specialities are barbecued beef and “bánh dày” (sticky rice cake).

The cheapest things at Vieng would be flowers and trees, which bring both the buyer and seller happiness and luck. Each year, a lot of Vietnamese people flock to this crowded market to purchase at least one item at midnight on the 7th day with an aim to get luck without caring about the prices.

From around 2a.m, deals are done under the light of candles or flash-lights. Deals are agreed quickly, as people believe, to keep the luck. From 6a.m, local people bring farming tools such as hoes and sickles to sell, which relate closely to their lives. Buyers believe that the tools will bring them health and richness. Vieng market is also a place to relax. Lovers would find themselves or their happy future here.

Above all, everyone visiting the market just wish to buy the burnt veal at any cost, which is considered the indispensable gift from the market and bliss from fair of the Vieng market-goers. Accordingly, although the Vu Ban residents travelled anywhere, they just thought of the folk-song as a reminder:

“Enjoying New Year’s day at home on the 1st

Engaging sports festival at communal house on the 2nd

Going to Qua Linh market on the 4th

Then Trinh market on 5th and Goi market on 6th

The following 7th is just for rest

Packing and travelling to Vieng market on 8th

Because it just takes place once a year.”

Vieng Market Festival is truly a cultural and spiritual activity of the inhabitants in Nam Dinh. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful province, do not miss a chance to join Vieng Market Festival as you may be amazed by how joyful and special it is. 

Đăng bởi: Uyên Thư Lê Đặng

Từ khoá: Vieng Market Festival, Nam Dinh: Buying Luck in a Lively Atmosphere

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