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Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market (from Vietnamese Ben meaning “wharf”, and Quy Thanh meaning “turtle citadel”) is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.

Shopping at Ben Thanh market is good but bargain is a must,  one of the major interesting thing is “Go for real Vietnamese food”.  Inside the market food section,  there are many vendors and food stalls.  Most of them are freshly made to order. At night, night market will open. Night market mostly are served with food. Sidewalk restaurants serve real Vietnamese food with white table cloths,  the foods are good value and delicious.  You can order all kind of original Vietnamese food here, deep fried whole fish is one of the best selections in their menu.  Make sure that you do not sit too deep in to the tent,  try to sit outside. It will be cooler and will make your meal more enjoyable. It is only a few minutes  walk to the presidentail palace, cathedral so after finished your meal a can have a pleasure walk to visit other places.  Visit Cho Ben Thanh for dinner at least one time to gain the memorable experience.

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