Saigon’s night markets
When the night fallsSaigon becomes mysterious and charming, differently from its warm and bustling during the day.
Night markets have become Saigon’s specialty. Night markets are not luxurious like shopping malls but are still attracts visitors for its abundance of goods with remarkable prices.
People go to night markets not only for shopping but also for enjoying traditional cuisines that they cannot find at restaurants.
Saigon has many night markets. One of the most special markets is Minh Phung in District 6, which opens from 2pm to mid-night. This is the world of accessories for women like hairpins, etc., jewelry, handbags, cloths, clothes, etc. Many sellers sit flat on the ground to sell piles of underwear, towels, children’s clothes, footwear, etc.
Ky Hoa night market on Cao Thang road, District 10 is also a favorite destination of tourists. This is the largest night market in Saigon, with more than 250 stalls, selling clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, handicraft items, food and especially sale-off products. This market lures large numbers of students and young people. The market opens from 5pm to 1-2am.
Ben Thanh market is an unforgettable address for tourists because it is a symbol of Saigon, with nearly 100-year history. Over half of visitors to Ben Thanh market today are foreigners.
The unwritten principle for shopping at Ben Thanh market is the buyer should bargain half of the price offered by the seller.
Visitors are advised to taste specialty cuisines of three regions of Vietnam, cuisines process from seafood and Chinese food.
Night markets have contributed to making Saigon’s charms.