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Why Binh Tay Market is special ?
Binh Tay Market is the Central Market of Cho Lon in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Famous for being one of the cheapest markets in Ho Chi Minh, many retailers buy their wholesale goods at Binh Tay and sell them on at other markets around the city. Cut out the middleman and shop here yourself.
Here you will find two storeys of shopping built more for a Vietnamese local and less for a tourist. The first thing you’ll notice compared to its more famous counterpart is its size, which dwarfs that of Ben Thanh, and makes it the largest in the city. Inside, instead of shops for single purchases, many stalls cater to those looking to buy in bulk. In fact, many Vietnamese who operate stalls at markets in other parts of the city come here to buy their supplies.
What to explore at Binh Tay Market?
Outdoor wet market
If you’re a lover of fresh wet markets, like I certainly am, the lanes outside of the back of Binh Tay Market, mostly along Phan Van Khoe street, will fulfill all your senses.
Vietnam’s colorful producy
The market included a mixture of meat and seafood of all kinds, plus plenty of fruit and vegetable vendors scattered along the street, some selling off tables, others just selling off tarps on the ground.
Binh Tay Market food court
After exploring the outside wet market for at least an hour, I was hot and sweaty, and I all I wanted to do was take a break and sit down for some food and drink.
Indoor section of Binh Tay Market
The small courtyard in the middle of the market is a great place to get your bearings and proceed in a desired direction. It’s also a nice place to catch a breath of fresh air from the tightly packed stalls and alleys of the market.
How to get to Binh Tay Market?
Take the air-conditioned blue bus No.1 which goes from the Central Bus Station directly to Cholon Bus Station which straddles districts 5 and 6.
- Very nice place to visit and walk around
- Bargainers paradise
- Good market mainly wholesalers
- Its for Wholesalers not Tourists
- Good for a cultural experience
24, Nguyen Huu Than, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
Binh Tay market sells just about everything from bags, wallets, dried foods, clothes, to slippers and snacks. The prices are much better than tourist locations. You can still negotiate, but the price won't go down much. You won't find many souvenirs here. It's a whole sale market for businesses (I think). The downfall of this place is that it is extremely hot and crowded. Also, the sales people pretty much ignore you unless you ask them how much things cost. If you are ok with that, this place is pretty fun to shop at. This is NOT a place for young children. The walkways are narrow. It would be very difficult to take care of a young child, while walking around the market.
This place is where street vendors buy wholesale from. Souvenir t-shirts, candies, nuts etc can be found much cheaper than Ben tanh market.