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Ben Thanh Market

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Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Saigon in District 1. Ben Thanh Market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, “ao dai’ and souvenirs, as well as local cuisines.

Ben Thanh Market was built in 1870 by the French, the market was called Les Halles Centrales before being renamed Ben Thanh in 1912. From a wet created by street vendors by the early 17th century, Ben Thanh market has experienced many ups and downs throughout its history and is the oldest surviving market and one of symbols of Saigon. That makes it a must for any visitors to this 300-year-ole city.

Based on the market possesses one of the most crucial locations in District 1, transportation is extremely convevient and trade is bustling. In the morning, you are able to find everything from dry food to clothes for a reasonable price. The market atmosphere can sometime be a real hustle and bustle, however it is an exciting after all. From the late afternoon till the evening, the shops inside the market are closed, but several restaurants are opened outside on the surrounding streets. These small interesting restaurants can offer you a variety of choices: grills, seafood, teas… When you are tired of eating, stand up and take a walk along the neighborhood which has in no time transformed into a night market full of lights and glamour. Ben Thanh market is possibly the most well-known symbol of Saigon, showing up in a large number of publications…

Ben Thanh Market is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers clients freshly made to the order. Here, one can taste various the kinds of local dishes, sidewalk restaurants around the market open and make it extraordinary area. One of the most recommended foods by visitors is deep fried whole fish, so remember to try it at least once when you dine here. Others, one can taste seafood and enjoy cool beer at cheap price. One advice for visitors is not sitting deep into the crowded food tent to avoid the heat.  In addition, goods for daily use, people can find here variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs.