Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Ben Thanh Market Excursion Reviews

The crowded Ben Thanh market is perfect for souvenirs, provided you're prepared to bargain.
A very interesting market.
Sail Date: November 2018
A very interesting market. We arrived a little late as were delayed docking but the stalls were beautiful. No one took any interest in us and our guide explained all the various different fruits.
A very interesting market. We arrived a little late as were delayed docking but the stalls were beautiful. No one took any interest in us and our guide explained all the various different fruits. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Be careful bartering here.
Sail Date: May 2018
Be careful bartering here. make sure you know your prices. my second day here was better than my first.
Be careful bartering here. make sure you know your prices. my second day here was better than my first. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
interesting place smells very strong and you need to bargain and know you may see a rat
Sail Date: December 2017
interesting place smells very strong and you need to bargain and know you may see a rat
interesting place smells very strong and you need to bargain and know you may see a rat Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Bustling with interesting produce & great opportunities for haggling!
Sail Date: November 2017
Bustling with interesting produce & great opportunities for haggling!
Bustling with interesting produce & great opportunities for haggling! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We visited Ben Tanh Market and did a cooking class at the Rex hotel.
Sail Date: January 2017
We visited Ben Tanh Market and did a cooking class at the Rex hotel. it was amazing!! best shore excursion we did and one of the best days ever.
We visited Ben Tanh Market and did a cooking class at the Rex hotel. it was amazing!! best shore excursion we did and one of the best days ever. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
15 min visit as tour was running late so didn't really get to appreciate the market experience
Sail Date: January 2017
15 min visit as tour was running late so didn't really get to appreciate the market experience
15 min visit as tour was running late so didn't really get to appreciate the market experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
interesting - have been to better markets though
Sail Date: December 2016
interesting - have been to better markets though
interesting - have been to better markets though Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
Just a market accessed by shuttlebus.
Sail Date: November 2016
Just a market accessed by shuttlebus. The trip to Saigon was too long for me.
Just a market accessed by shuttlebus. The trip to Saigon was too long for me. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very good and the guide was informative
Sail Date: November 2016
Very good and the guide was informative
Very good and the guide was informative Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
10 hours of shore excursion which was more than enough time.
Sail Date: October 2016
10 hours of shore excursion which was more than enough time.
10 hours of shore excursion which was more than enough time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Well worth doing.
Sail Date: October 2016
Well worth doing. It took about 75 minutes to get from port to Ho Chi Min by bus, but was a pleasant journey.
Well worth doing. It took about 75 minutes to get from port to Ho Chi Min by bus, but was a pleasant journey. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Buyer beware.
Sail Date: March 2016
Buyer beware.
Buyer beware. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Crowded busy market with lots of tourist merchandise
Sail Date: March 2016
Crowded busy market with lots of tourist merchandise
Crowded busy market with lots of tourist merchandise Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
All these tours are included.
Sail Date: September 2015
All these tours are included. You don't "book" them. Ben Thanh market is last place to buy things. I didn't plan on "shopping" a lot, but things are so cheap, you just do. Names on all streets in Saigon
All these tours are included. You don't "book" them. Ben Thanh market is last place to buy things. I didn't plan on "shopping" a lot, but things are so cheap, you just do. Names on all streets in Saigon have been changed by communists. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Not used to the pressure from the vendors
Sail Date: March 2013
Not used to the pressure from the vendors
Not used to the pressure from the vendors Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
nice market, not too pushy...
Sail Date: December 2012
nice market, not too pushy...
nice market, not too pushy... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Voyages to Antiquity
I love this sort of thing and its frantic atmosphere but with less than an hour here it was a ...
Sail Date: October 2012
I love this sort of thing and its frantic atmosphere but with less than an hour here it was a little to frantic for my taste and I hardly got to look at the various stalls much less buy anything.This is really a full day excursion and not ... Read More
I love this sort of thing and its frantic atmosphere but with less than an hour here it was a little to frantic for my taste and I hardly got to look at the various stalls much less buy anything.This is really a full day excursion and not for the faint hearted Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The travel time was 2 hours each way.The bus driver got a speeding ticket and we waited 1 hour in ...
Sail Date: June 2012
The travel time was 2 hours each way.The bus driver got a speeding ticket and we waited 1 hour in the bus to see if he could continue because he was losing his licence.we hardly got to see anything
The travel time was 2 hours each way.The bus driver got a speeding ticket and we waited 1 hour in the bus to see if he could continue because he was losing his licence.we hardly got to see anything Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very busy, you just had to look at something and you were pounced upon.
Sail Date: February 2012
Very busy, you just had to look at something and you were pounced upon. Interesting place but didn't buy anything.
Very busy, you just had to look at something and you were pounced upon. Interesting place but didn't buy anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Just walk there yourself, no need for a guide.
Sail Date: January 2012
Just walk there yourself, no need for a guide. It's hot, crowded, noisy, irritating sales people, stuff, stuff, and more stuff. You just have to experience it, keep looking - there will be something you want! Bargain your head off, ... Read More
Just walk there yourself, no need for a guide. It's hot, crowded, noisy, irritating sales people, stuff, stuff, and more stuff. You just have to experience it, keep looking - there will be something you want! Bargain your head off, then walk away and they will chase you to get your last offer. We have been three times, got great buys each time. Read Less
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