Black Market

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Saigon brims with energy, much of which comes from its abundance of commerce, especially the local markets. Some of them, like Ben Thanh, rã Dinh and Binh Tay markets, are famous tourist attractions that seem to lớn stimulate every sense at once. There are myriad specialised markets in Saigon that eschew the tourist-trapping nature & are a deep part of local life. Much of Saigon is hidden under its rich layers. These hidden markets are rare gems.

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Lantern/Decorations Market

Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in Chinatown is the go-to spot for anyone interested in purchasing decorations và especially lanterns. It is especially frequented by locals looking for decorations during the Tet festival. You’ll find artificial peach và apricot blossoms, models of red carp, gold coins, and red envelopes for handing out the traditional “lucky money”. Tasty snacks lượt thích sticky rice cake are abundant on the street. In the month leading up to lớn the mid-autumn festival a variety of traditional lamps are available for the holiday of the harvest.

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Crossroads of nhì Thuong Lan Ong Street and Luong Nhu Hoc, District 5 - Image soucre: citipos.vn

Chinese Medicine Market

The Chinese Medicine Market in mang đến Lon (Chinatown) is home to over 180 Chinese medicine stores và clinics. Located on nhì Thuong Lan Ong street và the bordering streets of Luong Nhu Hoc, Phan Huy Chu và Trieu quang Phuc, the area boasts the biggest collection of traditional Chinese medicine in the south of Vietnam. The smell of herbs permeates the air as visitors peruse the aisles. It’s the place khổng lồ go to procure the ingredients necessary for a time-honoured tradition of medicine.

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Hai Thuong Lan Ong street and the bordering streets of Luong Nhu Hoc, Phan Huy Chu, Trieu quang quẻ Phuc, District 5 - Image soucre: kingfucoidan.vn

Motorbike Accessories Market

With over 8 million motorbikes & counting, Saigon is the motorbike capital of the world, so it stands khổng lồ reason that it would have a dedicated market for motorbike accessories. It’s on Nguyen đưa ra Thanh street in District 5. Hundreds of stores peddle wholesale and retail parts for Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha và Piaggio motorbikes, ranging from original expensive parts khổng lồ cheap Chinese knock-offs.

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Thuan Kieu Bird Market

One of the most colourful markets is the lively Thuan Kieu Bird Market, a well-hidden gem at the crossroads of Thuan Kieu, Hong Bang và Chay Van Liem streets in District 5 & nestled under an old tamarind tree. Opening at 6am and closing at 6pm, hundreds of bird cages & birds of many colours, sizes and breeds are displayed. Probably more plentiful và noteworthy than the birds are the stockpiles of insects lượt thích locusts, crickets, centipedes, grasshoppers, ticks & termites sold as avian cuisine. Be sure to kiểm tra the collection of scorpions, snakes & other uncommon creepy-crawlies.

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Le Hong Phong Pet Market

Le Hong Phong street is the proverbial place to lớn “see a man about a dog”. It is home to a strip of pet stores. First moved from District 1 to District 5 in 2000, locals refer khổng lồ it as the Pet Market, và it is is known as the primary place where pets (mostly dogs và cats) of numerous sizes và breeds can be purchased, some of them for thousands of US dollars each. On a more unfortunate note, this is one of the first places that people who are in search of their stolen pets come khổng lồ in hopes of being reunited with their furred friends.

Second-Hand Items – Binh Thanh

The somewhat poetically-named Market of Unused Things (Ve Chai) in Binh Thanh is the closest thing lớn a never-ending garage sale. Ve Chai refers lớn articles that no longer have use. Established in the late aughts, it features used knick-knacks such as watches, Zippo lighters & jewellery. You might even be able to find some vintage vinyl treasures.

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Trang Tu Fruit Market – District 5

If you’re looking for affordable fruits and veggies, go khổng lồ the produce market on Trang Tu street in District 5. Next to lớn the mang đến Lon coach station, sellers bring delectable delights directly from the Mekong Delta and other farmlands in Vietnam. Fruits like mangosteen, tamarind, sapote, soursop, rồng fruit & rambutan can be found here. You can peruse and purchase produce without even having khổng lồ get off your motorbike.

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Ho Thi Ky Flower Market

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is the premier wholesale flower market in Saigon. It is a mere 500 metres, but along its kiosks, everything necessary lớn create ornate floral arrangements can be purchased. The array of flowers make it one of Saigon’s most beautiful (and exquisitely-smelling) markets.

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Electronics Market – District 10

Ly nam De, chảy Phuoc, Vinh Vien, Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 10 are where you’ll find the largest conglomeration of electronics shops in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, including items that may be seen as outdated to some but are very well-priced. It features an abundance of smartphones, laptops, adapters, headphones and other electronic accessories, displayed on plastic sheets spread out across the pavement.