Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Saigon: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Saigon and its beautiful French colonial architecture on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 24 or 48-hour pass to choose from, you can discover this fabulous destination at your own pace. Along the way, you'll get a chance to see the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the best kept buildings, not to mention one of the most important Ho Chi Minh City attractions. Hop off at the War Remnants Museum and Surroundings, or stay on the bus and be astonished by the panoramic views of this vibrant city. Enjoy the audio guide in multiple languages full of interesting facts. Fancy a spot of shopping? Then why not hop off at Ben Thanh Market? Saigon markets are perfect to purchase souvenirs or get a bite with some delicious street food. They are also a great way to observe a bit of local life. The exclusive red buses are always waiting for you to hop back on and continue with your sightseeing.

Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

2. Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Discover the nightlife of Saigon by bike or scooter. Stop at Saigon riverside for a delicious local dinner as you cruise the Saigon River with live entertainment on board. With the bicycle option, you'll ride along the city's main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. If you choose the scooter option, you'll see the same sites as the bike option, with additional time to pass by the flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments, and the fashion district as well. After your ride, you'll stop at Saigon's riverside. Be welcomed on board the cruise boat and prepare to take in the sites of the city from a new perspective. Cruise along the Saigon River, and enjoy a great dinner as traditional Vietnamese dance and music shows are performed. Then, head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Let the relaxation of the evening continue as a taxi delivers you back to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

3. Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to explore Ho Chi Minh City from the comfort of a Jeep. Visit the main monuments of the city once known as Saigon to get a better understanding of its history at sites such as the symbolic Reunification Palace. Hear stories about the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon, where a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, where weapons, photos, documents and other relics tell the story of Vietnam’s wars. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get a feel for the typical architecture of Saigon. Venture down local streets such as Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue before making your way to Ben Thanh Market, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

4. Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants Museum & Ben Thanh Market

Start your day with pick-up from your hotel. Choose to travel in either a VIP limousine or a luxury car. Journey to Independence Palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. View the tank that famously crashed through the palace gates in 1975.  Admire fascinating sights from the French colonial period, such as the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the historic Saigon Central Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum, which displays a large collection of artifacts from the Indochina wars. You'll also get to enjoy lunch with sticky rice at Bui Sai Gon Restaurant. End your tour by travelling to the Bến Thành Market, the largest market in the center of the city and one of the earliest surviving structures. Explore the stalls and see what the locals have for sale.

Saigon: Street Food Evening Tour

5. Saigon: Street Food Evening Tour

Your small group (maximum 12 Passengers) Saigon food tour kicks off with some authentic local appetizers such as chao muc (a dry squid porridge) and xa xui (Cantonese barbecued pork). Learn how Chinese food has been integrated into Vietnamese cuisine as you inhale the spicy flavors of the street stalls and watch local life unfold before your eyes in the heart of Saigon. Your immersion into local life continues as you make your way to the corner of Nguyen Cong Tru and Calmette for a unique street food called banh bo banh tieu, which recalls memories of many Saigonese childhoods. It wouldn’t be a true local experience without enjoying coffee the way Saigonese coffee aficionados do on a daily basis. Head to a popular local hem of Saigon to enjoy a cup. Experience the local style of taking your coffee and feel right at home. Next up is another one of the city’s iconic street food dishes: ha cao (Chinese-style dim-sum), bo bia (Saigonese spring roll) and bo cuon mo chai (barbecued beef meatballs). These dishes are some of the most popular and preferred dishes by southerners, and you can find them everywhere, from street stalls to fancy restaurants. What makes them so beloved is that the ingredients are so strikingly simple, yet the tastes and flavors are truly unforgettable . Then head to Bui Vien to pick up a Vietnamese fried banana for dessert, a new version of the traditional version that is popular with locals.

Rickshaw/Pedicab History, Culture Tour with Tour Guide

6. Rickshaw/Pedicab History, Culture Tour with Tour Guide

Join the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City on the cyclo tour and see more than you could find on your own. This is a great way for sightseeing in 3 hours. Our tour guide will give you all the information of each stop. We offer 3 options for you, please choose one of these below: Option 1: Cyclo and Markets Highlights: Biggest Wholesale Flower Market, Local Market, Electronics Market, Motorbike Parts Market, Thien Hau Temple (The Oldest Chinese Temple) in Chinatown, Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment Get refreshed with sugar cane drink! Option 2: Cyclo anh Spectacular Landmarks Highlights: War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Vietnamese Temple, Buddhist Monument, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Opera House, Saigon River, Ben Thanh Market, Get refreshed with sugar cane drink! **Note: Our Cyclo driver just drives pass War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace to cover for you all of the sights as listed. If you want to visit inside the War Museum, we are happy to drop you off at War Remnants Museum instead of your hotel. If you want to visit inside Reunification Palace, please pay extra $10 of the price. Option 3: A Great Mixed Of Option 1 + Option 2 Highlights: Get refreshed with sugar cane drink! Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Biggest Wholesale Flower Market, Motorbike Parts Market, Local Market, Thien Hau Temple (The Oldest Chinese Temple) in Chinatown.

Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

7. Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

Enjoy a 3-hour after-dinner tour of Saigon by jeep, starting with a pickup at your hotel. See magnificent French colonial monuments, including the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, and Post Office. Take in the local night market, where you can stop to shop if you like. Visit streets that come alive after dark in a busy and exciting area of the city. Ride to the city’s suburbs and see another side of Saigon, with a chance to take in some fresh air. End the night at a rooftop bar, admiring views of the city while you enjoy a free drink. The timing of the tour is flexible. If you’d like to customize the tour be sure to let the local operator know in advance.

Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

8. Saigon: Private Half-Day Car Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the fascinating city of Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, on this half-day tour. Travel in comfort in your private, air-conditioned car, and learn about the city's landmarks with your helpful guide. Meet your guide at your hotel, and head first to the Ban Thanh Market. Snap photos of the lively market's activities, or take the opportunity to buy kitchen equipment, souvenirs, garments, fruit, and many other foods. Next, pay a visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, which dates from the 19th century. Keep an eye out for local couples taking their pre-wedding shots at this beautiful basilica, officially known as the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Admire the surprising architecture at your next stop, the Saigon Central Post Office. Hear how the building is often mistakenly attributed to Gustave Eiffel, even though it was designed by Alfred Foulhoux. Then, it's decision time. Choose between the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American War in Vietnam, or the Reunification Palace. Also known as the Independence Palace, the latter site is a landmark of Saigon history and architecture, which once served as the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Finally, end your tour at the Jade Emperor Pagoda. See the local worshippers in prayer for their careers, love, and fertility. Enjoy this taste of Taoist worship culture, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Guided Half-Day Tour

Explore Ho Chi Minh City on a guided half-day tour and discover the most interesting cultural sights in town. After being picked up from your hotel or the central meeting point, kick things off with a visit to the Reunification Palace, a beautifully preserved building that was once home to the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Next, stop off at the War Remnants Museum and explore a vast array of artifacts and photographs documenting the second Indochina war. Afterwards, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and Saigon Central Post Office. Erected towards the end of the 18th century, the old post office is one of the finest examples of classical French colonial architecture. Continue on to Jade Emperor Pagoda, an ancient temple built in the Chinese mode replete with bright decorative motifs. To finish things off, visit a local market where you can practice your haggling skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture and find some of the friendliest and liveliest vibes of the city here before returning to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

10. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Guided Sightseeing & History Tour

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up at 08:00AM by luxury air-conditioned vehicle, from here you will start your Ho Chi Minh half-day tour. Experience the city of Ho Chi Minh like never before, taking the day to explore the city's history, culture, and traditions as you tour around some of its most famed sites, markets, restaurants, and pagodas. Visit the Reunification Palace, being able to listen to your guide's interesting historical knowledge about the structure that was formerly the South Vietnamese President's residence prior to the end of the war in 1975. You will then get the chance to witness the French influence through the French colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Following this, you will head over to the War Remnants Museum, where you can see the vast exhibits regarding the American-Vietnamese War. Next, enjoy a cycle ride to the Ben Thanh Market, where upon arrival you can wander through the vendor-lined walkways that make up one of the city's oldest surviving structures. You will even get the chance to purchase a few unique gifts, such as local crafts, textiles, or other souvenirs. At midday, stop at a popular local restaurant for an authentic Vietnamese meal with your guide. Next, follow your guide to Chinatown to wonder at the intricate architecture and detail of Thien Hau and learn about their spiritual significance. Finally, end the day with a visit to Binh Tay Market, wandering through the vendor-lined walkways before being transported back to your hotel at approximately 5:30PM.

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What people are saying about Ben Thanh Market

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What a wonderful evening. Our guide Belle was awesome. We had already seen a lot of the sites on a previous city tour so they arranged a specialised tour to suit our needs. We would not have seen these extra areas without the help of our guides. The cruise was lovely and entertaining, food was delicious. Highly recommend doing this by scooter…. The best way to see Saigon :)

We really enjoyed visiting Independence Palace, the Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral on our tour. It was really good to get historical insight into some of Ho Chí Minh city's major sites.

A great experience with the night cyclo trip to the dinner boat! Timothy escorted us on his scooter and we felt very confident in his care. The dinner was excellent and the river cruise very nice.

Amazing trip and the scooter tour before hand was amazing and far beyond what we thought. The guides were amazing and took us to some fantastic places.

Lovely tour, great perspective on history and the Vietnam war. They have a shooting range there we here you can fire some guns for relatively cheap.