Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Bến Thành Market is the biggest, busiest and liveliest market in what is one of the biggest, busiest and liveliest cities in the world. A major transportation hub (city buses, thousands of cars and millions of motorbikes honk-honk-honk their way through and around Bến Thành every day), the market has become over the years a symbol of Vietnamese prosperity, a local hangout, and a major tourist attraction. You’ll find everything here from textiles to handicrafts, fantastic down-home Vietnamese cuisine, high-quality textiles, traditional áo dài silk tunics and various items of unquestioned quality but questionable use – like large glass spheres in every shape and size imaginable. Don’t let the crowds dissuade you from visiting; a morning at the Bến Thành Market is an essential Vietnamese experience.


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