Experience for shopping at Ben Thanh market, Saigon

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Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh market is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam, especially in the trip to Saigon. However, the rip-off here makes customers discomforted while shopping at Ben Thanh market. As a result, many tourists wonder the tips for picking up a good bargain and selecting good products with the reasonable price. After that, we would like to share some experience for shopping at Ben Thanh market, Saigon.

Diversity of types of goods

Located on Phan Chu Trinh and Phan Boi Chau streets, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Ben Thanh night market becomes a must visit of the majority of domestic and foreign tourists. Opening from 6p.m to 0.00a.m, Ben Thanh night market has more than 300 departments and attracts nearly 4,000 visitors per night. The shown goods here are very diverse, including clothes, jewelry, handbag, wallet, handicraft and brocade.

Diversity of types of goods
Diversity of types of goods

Coming to Ben Thanh night market, visitors from afar also enjoy various delicious dishes of three Vietnamese regions such as bún bò Huế (Hue beef noodles), bún mắm (Vietnamese gumbo), miến gà (chicken crystal noodles) and puddings with blood soup.

Famous for charging for high price

Based on the concept “You get what you pay for” of many buyers, a number of sellers here usually charge the price that is as five times high as the standard price. Some salesmen said that the rental here is much more expensive than other sites; therefore it is normal when the goods price is high.

charging for high price at Ben Thanh market
Charging for high price at Ben Thanh market

Following the steps of a foreign visitor to wallet stall, when asked about the price of a wallet, the shop owner charges 2,500,000 VND ($125), which makes this customer astonished. But after the argue about the price, the wallet was sold at 150,000 VND ($7.5). A Vietnamese guide shared that once she was given the price of 200,000 VND ($10) for her favorite bag. However, the next day, when she went with a foreigner and asked about the price of this bag again, the seller increased the price from 200,000 VND ($10) to 900,000 VND ($45).

Famous for charging for high price
Famous for charging for high price

Stopping in front of a handbag store, we hear that the price of this bag is 300.000 VND ($15) while the stores outside the market only sell at 150.000 VND ($7).

In particular, with souvenirs and jewelry, customers often have to buy at the unfair price; the price is 20,000 VND to 30,000 VND ($1 to $1.5) higher than normal.

How to avoid being buying at unfair price

It is possible that for other markets, the buyers are not much ripped off by local sellers. However, at Ben Thanh Market, if you do not know how to bargain, they will waste so much money. Therefore, to buy the commodities here, it is necessary to get some experience for shopping and have a thorough standing of the price of good.

bargain to have the unfair price
Bargain to have the unfair price

The principle of negotiating the price at Ben Thanh night market is decreasing the offered price by 30% or even 80%. If you hesitate to haggle over the price, you will be forced to buy products with the exorbitant price. In addition, when choosing to buy a product, you need to carefully consider about the quality as well as the place of production to suggest the right price.