Tags: Attractions, Food, Markets, Photos, Shopping
The Ben Thanh Night Market comes on alive starting at about 5pm everyday. This centrally located Saigon night market, which is on the 2 roads on both sides of the Ben Thanh Market, is the place to go for your night shopping and late supper. You’ll find contemporary clothing, men and ladies shoes, Crumpler bags, sunglasses, bikinis, souvenirs from Vietnam and a lot more. As for food, the Ben Thanh night market won’t disappoint with a wide range of Vietnamese food from the north and all the way down south. Another big plus point about this night market is that they open till about 12am everyday.
I’ve drawn up a very brief (and quite ugly ) layout of the Ben Thanh night market. Hopefully this will help you better in navigating around. At the same time, I’m breaking down this article into 3 parts.
You can find a WIDE range of food here at the Ben Thanh night market. Tip: ask to have a look at the menu and check out the prices before settling down for a meal. If you want to go to the extreme to be safe, agree on the total price before they prepare the food.
Check out my ugly layout of the Ben Thanh night market at the top to see where you’ll find fruits. Highly recommended will be the Dragon fruit which is both very beautiful in appearance and also should be not too common in your home country. Makes for a good gift from Vietnam.
The rest of the pictures are a collection of the many different types of gifts and accessories you can find in the Ben Thanh night market. Of note worthy will be the last picture showing lanterns made up of soft plastic cards that you can fold into various shapes. When the plastic cards are packed together, they take up space only slightly bigger than a regular box of cigarettes. Another good idea as a souvenir from Vietnam to bring back home. Those lanterns go for only about US$3 each.
See also how the daytime Ben Thanh Market is like.