Ben Thanh Market is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most iconic landmarks that has been in existence since the early 17th century. The market is situated in District 1 in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, a thriving area filled with lively bars, restaurants and numerous marketplaces and shops. After the busy commerce during the day, night markets open and the restaurants and bars come alive.
The market and its surrounding streets have a lot to offer for all kinds of people. Many shoppers love to wander through the winding market alleys to see some of the weird and wonderful things on sale including local handicrafts and souvenirs. The area is also filled with many excellent restaurants and cafés open both day and night, making it a popular place for locals and visitors. Some stalls and establishments are also known to offer a tasty variety of beers and other beverages, with the vibe a little bit more relaxed than some of the busier nightlife spots in the area.
Ben Thanh Market is in a central position in Ho Chi Minh City and easily accessible by taxi. Many travellers also enjoy renting a motorbike as it allows the entire city to be explored up close. The main airport at Ho Chi Minh City is Tan Son Nhat International Airport, located around 8 kilometres from the centre of the city. Visitors flying into the airport can hop on the airport shuttle bus or easily find a taxi to make their way into central Ho Chi Minh City.
The location of the market was originally established as a series of pop-up markets in the early 17th century but soon grew until it was officially established as the primary marketplace in the city by Vietnam’s French colonial rulers. The market was severely damaged by a fire in 1870 but was soon rebuilt and moved into its now iconic building in 1912.