Travel from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City

By minivan the journey from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is scheduled to take 12 hours 5 minutes and by bus the same journey is scheduled to take 17 hours. Minivan services travel during the day and the bus service travels overnight.

Bus Times from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City


There are 3 daily services from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh which you can book online.

SihanoukvilleHo Chi MinhCostServiceCompany
07:0019:05$ 28.00RegionalMekong Express
08:3020:35$ 28.00RegionalMekong Express
19:0012:00$ 26.40VIP Sleeper 41Virak Buntham
  • VIP Sleeper 41: Bus with beds.
  • Regional: 12 seat minivan.

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Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City


Ben Thanh Market is Ho Chi Minh City’s largest and most famous market and it is located near to the Phạm Ngũ Lão Road, which is a popular area with foreign visitors.

History of Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market began in the 1600s with traders gathering in the area. The market was formally established in the 1860s by the French colonial powers, and the current building which houses the market was completed in 1914. The building is very large, with a floor area of other 13,000 sqm and over 6,000 vendors.

When to visit Ben Thanh Market

The market opens at 06:00 and closes at 18:00, although it is advisable to avoid visiting between the hours of 14:00 and 18:00 when many of the outlets close to avoid the midday heat, stalls start packing up early, and few local shoppers venture into the market.

Foodstalls in Ben Thanh Market
Food stalls in Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is Popular

Ben Thanh Market has received a lot of attention from the Western media over the past 10 years, and the market is now a popular destination of the South East Asian ‘tourist trail’. Pretty much everything gets sold here and much of the market’s interior retain a similar appearance as it would have when the French colonial government was still in charge of Saigon, which makes the market atmospheric and a popular place to take photographs.

Food at Ben Thanh Market

The market is a great, and inexpensive, place to eat. There are lots and lots of food stalls here selling pretty every dish you can get in Vietnam, and local people come here to eat as well as to shop for household goods. In addition to stalls selling things to residents of the city there are now lots of stalls trying to sell souvenirs to the tourists who come to the market to watch local people buying things.

Vendors at Ben Thanh Market

The market still remains an authentic feel, unlike KL Central Market in Malaysia which is now just a tourist trap, but the kind of market vendors with a hard attitude similar to one you find in Patpong Night Market in Bangkok have become more numerous as the popularity of the market grows. For some visitors it ruins their experience of the market, and the country as a whole, when they are shouted at aggressively by a market traders simply because they didn’t want to buy the overpriced low quality item that they were trying to sell.

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