Ben Thanh Market


Ben Thanh Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Bến Thành) is a large marketplace in central Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.


History
The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon's largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Bến Thành Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.

Transport
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.

Tours

4
Day
4 DAYS SAIGON CULINARY TOUR
If you only have a few days in the south, this is a great way to really get to know what Saigon city was before, during, and after the American war. Now named Ho Chi Minh city, nam...
Price USD $168
5
Day
5 DAYS TASTE OF MEKONG DELTA
This 5 day tour through the south of Vietnam is great if you only have a short amount of time to explore Vietnam. You’ll get a great mix of culture, landscapes, and of course food....
Price USD $219
7
Day
7 DAYS CULINARY HOLIDAY - NORTH & SOUTH TOUR
Separated by wars in the past, now unified under one flag, this tour offers you a little perspective into how different the styles, flavors, and cultures are from North Vietnam to ...
Price USD $406
1
Day
EXPLORE FULL DAY HO CHI MINH CITY & CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR
Full history day, Vietnam 101. After all is said and done, you shouldn’t have any questions left unanswered. Start with a day tour of Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon bef...
Price USD $34
1
Day
EXPLORE HALF DAY HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Get a locals perspective on the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon. The largest city in Vietnam isn’t the capital, however much of Vietnam’s history h...
Price USD $31 USD $26
½
Day
Ho Chi Minh Half day tour
Get a locals perspective on the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The largest city in Vietnam isn’t the capital, however much of Vietnam’s history ...
Price USD $26