An Dong Market is another famous market after Ben Thanh Market and Cho Lon in Ho Chi Minh City. This market is located in Chinatown and has served many shop owners, boutiques, and local customers since it was built. This is also a particular local landmark that tourists rarely know about to explore and visit. Our local guide aims to introduce you to this exciting market.
Where and When to Visit An Dong Market
Opening hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
In the early morning, local shop owners come to the market to collect their goods and distribute them throughout the city. From 9 AM to 3 PM is the best time that we recommend you come to explore because all kiosks are open and ready to welcome visitors.
Recommended visit duration: 1 hour
How to Get to An Dong Market
There are a few options to get to this market from the city center. The distance is 4 kilometers from Ben Thanh.
Bus numbers 11, 56, 38, and 45 run from the bus station near Ben Thanh Market to An Dong Market. A ticket costs VND 7,000, and it takes 30 minutes to get to the market by public bus in Ho Chi Minh City.
If you travel on the back of a motorbike, it would take about 15 minutes to get here from the city center.
The average price for a trip is about from VND 50,000 to 70,000. If you travel by motorbike or taxi, you could get there faster than using the bus. Read more on how to avoid taxi scams in Ho Chi Minh.
A Brief History of An Dong Market
The market was built at the end of 1951, but it was officially established in 1954 after more and more people immigrated from North Vietnam. With the help of the former government, there were more market stalls for the locals to do business. An Dong Market was the busiest fashion market in Saigon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City), especially in Chinatown. Until now, this is one of the local markets in Ho Chi Minh City you should not miss.
What You Can Purchase at An Dong Market
An Dong Market is renowned for dried goods (cashews, shrimp, squid, fish, fruits), fabric, clothes, and shoes. Additionally, if you are a foodie, you will love to check in the street food area of the market. Moreover, over 2,000 market stalls are inside, so you are undoubtedly excited about visiting.
With three floors and one basement, the total area of this market is more significant than Ben Thanh Market, though not as crowded. Each section caters to a specific product type, making it easy to look for what you want.
Most products on this floor are home accessories, jewelry, and dried foods. In the back are local food stalls serving broken rice, noodle soup, sweet dessert soup (locally known as Che), and refreshing drinks like sugarcane, seasonal fruit smoothies, and pennyworth.
The shops here are most suitable for shopping lovers looking for shoes, handbags, wallets, and hats.
Most of the kiosks on the first floor sell clothes such as jackets, jeans, shirts, and dresses. Many Ho Chi Minh City shop owners often visit here to update the latest fashion for their boutique shops.
Fabric and crafts products are sold on the top floor of An Dong. The local tailors are regular customers of these kiosks because they always look for beautiful and unique fabric samples to make for their customers’ clothes, such as vests (suits) and Ao dai. You can buy the fabrics in meter lengths. Prices vary between VND 80,000 – and 250,000 a meter.
Most locals enjoy shopping at An Dong Market, besides Binh Tay (Cho Lon), as it is one of the best wholesale markets. Prices of trendy merchandise are reasonable, especially when you’re buying in bulk.
Summary of An Dong Market in Ho Chi Minh City
Besides Ben Thanh Market and Binh Tay Market, An Dong Market in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the local places you should not miss out on your visit. If you are looking for dried foods as souvenirs or clothes, we recommend you visit this market.