Saigon Night Markets: Nightlife Activities in Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Night Markets are the Best Places for Nightlife Activities in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. There are lots of activities that play its important roles for the colorful and exciting face of the sleepless Ho Chi Minh City when the night falls, and night markets and walking streets are among of the best examples of this frenetic atmosphere. The interesting sides are not only from extremely diverse items or famous dishes from all regions, visitors can also experience and discover the unique and strange cultural features that only Saigon has while coming to these best night markets.
Ben Thanh - Phan Boi Chau Night Market:
Known as the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market attracts both local and foreign visitors to get fully experience the local life and food culture. At daytime, this is bustling with lots of buyers and visitors. When night falls after its closure (6.00pm), the area surrounding the market comes to life and the Phan Boi Chau Night Market emerges.
- Location: West Gate (Phan Chu Trinh Street) & East Gate (Phan Boi Chau Street) of Ben Thanh Market – Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: 6.00pm – 12.00am.
If you miss the market at daytime, don’t hesitate to join its surrounding by night which is also interesting and attractive. Not only offering a wide range of items and accessories for purchase, such as clothing, handbags, handmade souvenirs, the night market also owns mouth-watering food courts with famous specialties from different regions of the country, such as Pho Hanoi, Hue beef noodles, Quang noodles or Nam Vang noodles, ect. In case shopping is not your thing for today, just simply immerse yourselves in the bustling atmosphere, crowded in the busy streets of this modern metropolis.
Ba Chieu Night Market:
Ba Chieu Market is one of the oldest markets in Ho Chi Minh City opened since 1942. The market offers lots of stalls lining to sell a variety of products at a very local price. Even with less then 100,000 VND (US$ 4.3), you can still buy yourself some items such as T-shirts, shorts, flip flops… At here, you will have chance to test your bargaining skills. Not only known as clothing market, Ba Chieu night market also has a lot of delicious dishes for visitors to enjoy. The most prominent is the chicken sticky rice and char siu sticky rice next to the market.
- Location: 10 Dien Hong, Ward 1, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: The market is open 24/7, night market starts from 7.00pm
Due to the distance not in central location (in Binh Thanh District instead), not many foreign tourists visit the area. So, you may avoid much of the crowds, however, there can be a bit of language issue here as the traders speak and communicate in Vietnamese language only.
Minh Phung Night Market (Cay Go Market):
Minh Phung Night Market is also known as Cay Go Market, offers its goods not only on small stalls but along the street sides as well. This is paradise for young shoppers with lots of products such as clothing, backpacks, hair accessories, bracelets.
- Location: 122 Minh Phung, Ward 6, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: 6.00pm – 6.00am of following day.
As the items are eye catching and with price tag so you don’t need to bargain much. During the shopping, you can cool off with a drink or enjoy other interesting cuisine here, in which, the most typical dish is fresh tasty green snail.
Binh Tay Night Market (known as Cholon):
Binh Tay Night Market (locally known as Cho Lon or Lon Market – Chinatown Market) is also the best attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. This nearly-100-year-old market has been viewed as a culture feature associated with Saigon for many decades. Coming to Binh Tay Market, you will not only immerse yourself in countless types of goods at affordable prices, but enjoy its stunning design in the oriental style.
- Location: 57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: Daily from 2.00am – 10.00pm.
Best known in selling good quality electronic and household items, this is the place if that is what you are looking for. The market also features a dining area at the back for you to rest and savor. Due to its proximity to Chinatown, Chinese is widely spoken around the market. This is chance for you to experiment with the mouthwatering local Chinese cuisine as well.
Hanh Thong Tay Night Market:
Hanh Thong Tay Night Market offers a huge selection of items of clothing, handbags, footwear, comestics, phone gear, home goods… This is very popular among local students because of cheap and very diversified products. The market also has the best food stalls with mouthwatering delicacies at remarkable prices.
- Location: 10/2 Quang Trung Street, Ward 11, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: Daily from 6.00pm – 11.00pm.
There are some unique and strange cuisine such as Green Frog, Phan Thiet grilled rice paper, Bingsu, Thai Y Phuong dessert, HAT tofu, Lava…This is a great experience to the very genuine side of local life.
Ho Thi Ky Night Flower Market:
Ho Thi Ky Night Market is the biggest among all flower markets in Saigon, even named as “Lang Biang in the heart of the city”. There are plenty kinds of flowers with the diversity in color, style or origin, including lilies, lotuses, daisies, roses, hydrangeas and more with fragrant scents. The market is often busiest in the early morning, and especially more crowded and vibrant on Tet Holiday, the International Women’s Day, Vietnamese Women’s Day, Vietnamese Teacher’s Day… Not only flowers, but garment tools and materials are also sold here.
- Location: Hem 52 Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: The market is always open 24/7
Another attraction in this market is Cambodian cultural characteristics from Cambodia community living here with many kinds of foods from dried fish, dried frog and vegetables to traditional foods. Don’t miss the Num Bo Choc fish noodle of Tu Xe with main ingredients of this dish including noddle, snake head fish, prahok paste from Cambodia and other typical spices. Co Co sweet soup is also recommended because of specific flavors of Cambodia-style sweet soup with pumpkin, egg, durian, and sticky rice made with durian and coconut (often called ‘xoi xiem’).
Ky Hoa Night Market:
Ky Hoa is one of the largest night markets in Ho Chi Minh City with about more than 250 stalls. Coming here, you can choose yourself lots of things from fashionable clothes, shoes, jewellery accessories, souvenirs at affordable prices. Each stall can have different price for the same product so make sure you have time to search around before buying to get the good values.
- Location: on Cao Thang Street extension, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: 5.00pm – 12.00am following day.
This is also one of the best places to look for peach blossoms, especially during Tet holiday. Besides goods, the market has its own food court with many attractive dishes to serve visitors.
Hoa Binh Night Market:
Hoa Binh Night Market is also known by another name “Silver Market”, only functions at night time and gets busier at later hours. You will find many things here including casual wear, watches, cosmetics, bags, footwear in a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes.
- Location: 37 Bach Van, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Opening hours: Daily from 5.00pm – 12.00am
Not only shopping for goods, visitors have chance to taste a variety of cuisines such as vermicelli noodles, dumplings, breaking hotpot, donuts, chives…at reasonable prices.
Tan Dinh Night Market:
Established in 1926, when the supply of domestic goods was still scarce, the Tan Dinh market was one of the very few places in Saigon where people could find anything they wanted. Supply small while demand high resulted in the fact that prices of commodities here were always higher than the average.
- Location: 48 Ma Lo, Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: Daily from 7.00 am – 11.00pm
That’s why nowadays Saigon people often call it “the market of the rich”. Currently, although it is still diverse in the number of goods, the prices are significantly reduced to be the same as other markets in this city.
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