On the list of the symbolic places in the city, Ben Thanh Market should be high on the priority list for those coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Why ? Because come here, travellers can enjoy a wonderful dining experience with specialties of many countries as well as diverse tasty dishes from the three regions of Viet Nam, and discover the bustle and hustle of city nightlife right in the heart of Sai Gon.
Address: Located on the busy Thu Khoa Huan Street in HCMC’s District 1 in close proximity to Ben Thanh Market where tourists can easily find the great abundance of restaurants, fashion shops, bars and nightclubs, the food …
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Ben Thanh Market has been operating since 1914 up to the present and it is known as one of the oldest markets in Saigon. This 100-year-old street market is not only where the daily buying and selling of goods takes place, but it has also witnessed all the historical happenings of HCMC. In other words, it is a good location for visitors to experience the duel-existence between ancient and modern Saigon. Here, you can find numerous types of items, from clothing, footwear, and textiles to brocade, jewelry, and special Vietnamese dishes. Especially foreign travelers who wish to explore the lifestyle and food culture of local people.
When visiting the food market, guests should try traditional Vietnamese dishes including bun ca Long Xuyen (noodle with fish), com tam la sen (Vietnamese broken rice wrapped in lotus leaf), bun mam (noodles with broth made of fermented fish), goi cuon (spring roll), chao tom (grilled shrimp mousse on a sugarcane stick) and grilled seafood, with prices starting from VND25,000 each.
Besides, those who love street food delicacies of Thailand, Japan, Korea and India but can’t afford an extravagant trip to these Asian countries still now have a chance to experience many authentic delicious dishes like Goi Thai (Thai-style mixed salad), Thai fried rice, Thai-style milk tea, and Korean-style ice-cream among others.
Amid the ambience of blistering hot weather in Sai Gon, visitors can come to the food court to find some new tastes to drink as there are numerous food stands selling fruit juices and fresh ice-cream.
Especially, diners to the venue will have a chance to enjoy live acoustic music performances at night.
With the highlights of Ben Thanh Market, this is considered an indispensable destination in our Explore Ho Chi Minh City Tour.