Ben Thanh Market – a large marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in District 1.

Overview of Ben Thanh Market

• The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon.
• It is one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City.
• This is very popular with tourists.
• It is open from from 7am to 7pm.
• It is accessible through four main entrances corresponding the points of compass.
• The Market itself is divided into two main parts.
• An outer ring of various shops running around the entire market.
• One giant inner market divided into aisles and sections.
• One can find almost anything inside the market however from coffee beans to jewelry.
• It is also a good place to buy cloth.
• It is also a great place to find that perfect Vietnam souvenir.
• The one hidden gem that really separates Ben Thanh from other Saigon markets is the food.
Tourists seek:
– local handicrafts
– textiles
– ao dai
– souvenirs
– local cuisine

History of Ben Thanh Market

• The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors.
• The market is near the Saigon River.
• The market was formally established by the French colonial powers.
• This was taken over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859.
• This market was destroyed by fire in 1870.
• It was rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market.
• In 1912 the market was moved to a new building.
• It is now known as the New Ben Thanh Market.
• The building was renovated in 1985.
• Ben Thanh market has been one of Saigon’s popular landmarks for very long.
• The market has been in existence since the French occupation.
• The original market was located on the shores of Ben Nghe River by old fort Gia Dinh.
• Its in a closer proximity to the fort and the river.
• Ben means pier or port and Thanh meaning fort.
• In 1859, the French invaded Saigon.
• They overtook fort Gia Dinh.
• It was then Ben Thanh Market was destroyed.
• It was rebuilt shortly.
• It moved into its present location in 1899.
• The new Ben Thanh Market is located in the center of the city.
• Under the French government, the area around Ben Thanh Market was called Cu Nhac circle.
• The area was later renamed Cong truong Dien Hong.

This market is now divided between tourist goods.
First one includes:
• Jeans
• T-shirts
• Smaller souvenirs in abundance
The second one is for regular items:
• fruit and vegetables
• rice
• kitchen wares
• flowers
• meat
• fast food
• local-style pickled fruits
• candies

Other market places
• Saigon Square will be good place for visit.
• Cho Binh Tay in the Chinatown
• Night Market just outside of Ben Thanh Market
• War Surplus Market, sometimes called the American Market or “Cho Cu” or “Khu Dan Sinh” in corner of Yersin and Nguyen Cong Tru, District 1.

Best time to visit / climate

• The city has a tropical climate.
• The year is divided into two distinct seasons.
• The rainy season, with an average rainfall of about 1,800 millimetres .
• It usually begins in May and ends in late November.
• The dry season lasts from December to April.
• The average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F).
• The highest temperature sometimes reaches 39 °C.
• This is around noon in late April.
• The lowest may fall below 16 °C in the early mornings of late December into early January.

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How to get there?

• Apart from being a major hub for the network of city buses serving Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is a hub for several lines of the planned Ho Chi Minh City Metro.
• Line 1, under construction, will connect Ben Thanh with Suoi Tien Park and Long Binh in District 9.
• Other lines will connect Ben Thanh with Tham Luong in District 12 and with Cholon and Binh Tan District.

How to To reach Saigon?

1. By Air
• The city is served by Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
• This is the largest airport in Vietnam.
• Long Thanh Airport serves international flights.
• Tan Son Nhat Airport serves domestic flights.

2. By Rail
• Ho Chi Minh City is also a terminal for many Vietnam Railways routes.
• The Reunification Express runs from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
• This runs from Saigon Railway Station in District 3.
• The two main stations are Song Than and Sai Gon.
• There are several small stations.
They are:
– Di An
– Thu Duc
– Binh Trieu
– Go Vap

3. By Water
• The city’s location is on the Saigon River.
• This makes it a commercial and passenger port.
• There is a constant stream of cargo ships and passenger boats.
• Traffic between Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s southern provinces has increased.
• The Doi and Te Canals are the main routes to the Mekong Delta.
• They receive 100,000 waterway vehicles annually.
• They operate regularly between Ho Chi Minh City and various destinations in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia.
These include:
– Vung Tau
– Can Tho
– Mekong Delta
– Phnom Pen

4. By Coach bus
• Ho Chi Minh City has a number of coach houses.
• There are coach buses to and from several areas in Vietnam.
• The largest coach station is the Mien Dong Coach Station which is in the Binh Thanh District.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

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