Haggle for the Best Deals in Ben Thanh market

Saigon's Ben Thanh market is one of the most intriguing sites in Ho Chi Minh City to haggle for bargains. It's an opportunity to mingle with the locals and put your bargaining abilities to the test. It's a completely different experience if you're used to fixed-price goods and have never considered haggling. After visiting a few local markets in Saigon, though, you almost start to limber up at the possibility of negotiating your way through fantastic prices.

 

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The most well-known market is Ben Thanh, which is located in District 1 across from the bus station. It is particularly popular in the evenings and at night, when food merchants put up stalls and locals and visitors alike congregate to eat and shop. Because Ben Thanh is probably better controlled, you may see fewer knockoffs or price gouging. However, you should constantly be on the lookout for knock-offs and price gouging.

 

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Shopping in the market will require you to practice the art of bargaining, and the vendors at Ben Thanh are experts at dealing with unwary tourists. Inflating prices to twice or thrice their actual value is a typical practice, which means you'll have to haggle to get a good deal. The outer ring of the market, where all booths are fixed-priced and most products are actually marked with a price tag, is a good place to start haggling at Ben Thanh. When you go inside to bargain, you'll have a decent notion of what a reasonable price is.

Bartering is the way to shop around here, so get right in, offer a reasonable price, and have fun. If prices aren't there or aren't clearly marked, proceed with caution-this applies to everything, everywhere, and at all times.

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