Home to over 8 million people, Saigon’s streets bustle with life every evening thanks to a host of different street markets and food vendors. Read on for a guide on Saigon markets, how to avoid tourist traps (and the inflated prices that come with it), as well as an insight on where you can eat, drink and shop like a local.
Located at the heart of the bustling District 1, Ben Thanh is home to one the busiest markets in Saigon. Open until midnight, it’s Ho Chi Minh’s one stop shop for, well, just about everything you could possibly need for your stay in the city.
The vendors at Ben Thanh stock everything from streetfood to electronic applicances, so you’ll be sure to find something you need (and fill an empty stomach in the process).
Dan Sinh Market is a prime example of how you should always expect the unexpected when staying in Saigon.
Also known as the ‘American Market’, Dan Sinh is home to a vast array of war memorabilia, attracting thousands of visitors a year who hunt for rare items amidst the area’s stalls and shops.
Situated close to Ben Thanh market, Dan Sinh is the perfect place to lose a few hours – whether you’re an experienced collector or a first timer.
An Dong Market’s incredible variety of clothes, bags, shoes and various handicrafts make it a must-visit for anyone looking to haggle for a bargain – with so many stands competing for your attention, it’s easy to drive down the prices if you find something you like.
Don’t let the District 5 location fool you - it’s still easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city, and is open every day from 8 AM to 2 PM.