Binh Tay Market (Chinatown) @ Ho Chi Minh
Binh Tay Market is the main market of Cho Lon. Cho Lon is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam, it lies on the west bank of the Saigon River, consists of the western half of District 5 as well as several adjoining neighborhoods in District 6. The Vietnamese name Cho Lon literally means "big" (lớn) "market" (chợ). The Chinese name (and original name) of Cho Lon is pronounced Tai-Ngon in Cantonese and Dī'àn in Mandarin which means "embankment". Today, Cho Lon especially attracts many Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese tourists.
Binh Tay Market
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Taxi fare from Palace Hotel Saigon to Binh Tay Market VDN113,000)
Binh Tay market, located on the edge of District 6 in Saigon’s Chinatown (or Cho Lon), is situated between Thap Muoi and Phan Van Khoe Streets, just a 20-25 minutes by car from the centre of District 1. It's a 2 level of indoor market, you'll find more Vietnamese local and less tourist shop here. Most stalls here cater for those who buy in bulk, it's a more a wholesaler market. In fact, many Vietnamese who operate stalls at markets in other parts of the city come here to buy their supplies. Here you can definitely get a bargain price for the goods.
Binh Tay is one of the nicest place to take a walk in the entire city and it’s easy to kill your time here. The market is divided into sectional, so one corner is where you will find household items and another will be the home of make-up and beauty products.
If you’re looking for a quick meal to recharge before you continue exploring the market, several food stalls should revive you. Besides having some of the usual Vietnamese street food dishes, at Binh Tay you can also try some more Chinese-inspired street fair as well as some of the city’s best banh bao, a Vietnam favorite inspired by the Chinese.
Very cheap street food, only VND15,000 for a bowl of noodle
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