Chinese Culture in Vietnam
While Ben Thanh is easily the most popular market in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Tay Market is just about as large and equally busy. Every day the market fills with shoppers searching for food, spices, clothing, and other common goods. Visitors may want to give Binh Tay a try for two reasons. First, there are fewer tourists than at Ben Thanh. Second, it’s right in the center of the city’s Chinatown.
Souvenirs are certainly available at Binh Tay Market–both Vietnamese souvenirs, and those celebrating Chinese culture. But the market mostly sells everyday items. Visitors can squeeze through the narrow aisles past racks of broad-brimmed hats, piles of identical wholesale dresses, baskets of colorful produce.
Just like almost any Vietnamese marketplace, bartering is expected–and absolutely necessary to get a fair price. Binh Tay is also a great central location for exploring Chinatown. It’s within walking distance of several Chinese temples, including the famous Thien Hau Temple.