Ben Thanh and Binh Tay markets

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Ben Thanh Market
While Ho Chi Minh City might not be as renowned a shopping destination as another equally buzzing Southeast Asian city—Bangkok—it still has plenty to offer. A couple of large markets promise a visual feast, with plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, as well as oodles of items to purchase and take home. Ben Thanh Market sells everything from backpacks and handbags to jewelry and clothes. You'll also find nuts and dried foods and one section filled with stalls selling cooked food. The market closes at 6 p.m., but a night market opens outside every evening from 7 p.m. until late in the night, or even early in the morning (each stall owner decides when to close up). Given the market’s location in District 1, it’s popular with tourists, and prices are set accordingly, so be prepared to haggle. The two-story Binh Tay Market, in District 6’s Chinatown, isn’t geared toward foreigners so there are less souvenirs for sale, but on the upside that means prices are already low. The focus here is more on fresh foods, though items like bags, clothing and handicrafts are also sold; even if you don’t plan on purchasing anything, it’s a fascinating place to visit.
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Đường Lê Lợi, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
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Sun - Sat 7am - 10pm