Binh Dien and Binh Tay are two biggest wholesale market in HCMc.
Binh Dien provide foods while Binh Tay provide goods and household items.
1. Binh Dien market:
I went to Binh Dien market with a friend in the early morning of June 7.
It was more than 10 kms from my place to the market. From 9A road, we turn right and go straight follow Nguyen Van Linh road. We passed 5 bridges: Ong Be, Ba Lon, Ma Voi, Sap, Can Giuoc.
Intersection Nguyen Van Linh – Pham Hung at 5:20 am of June 7.
Once passed Can Giuoc bridge, just turn right at the first intersection which has traffic light, we were entering the market.
A bridge on the way
Just turn right to go to the market.
When we were on the way, we already surprised because the prices of the things were selling. 10,000 VND for 4 pieces of pineapples. Normally it costs me 10,000VND for one pineapple. Lime (green lemon) is 6000 – 8000 per kilo, while my friend said she paid 30,000 per kilo in the market near her place.
Then we entered a huge space selling different vegetables, tomato, carrot, gourd, daikon has price around 7000-8000 VND/kg.
Since it’s a wholesale market, so normally it’s required to buy at least 1kg.
Squash, onion, taro, purple yam: I didn’t ask price. Napa cabbage: 12,000/kg, papaya: 6000/kg.
We then passed by seafood section.
Octopus, squid, chicken: 25000-35000/kg
Frog meat: 60,000/kg
A huge seafood section, there are lots of types of seafoods which I don’t know.
Shrimp price is 115,000-180,000/kg. Minimum buying of 5kgs.
Fruit are also cheap. Dragon fruit; 10,000 for 3kg; jack fruit: 3000/kg, avocado: 35,000/kg.
In meat section, there is totally pork. My friend bought one kg of pork for 170,000 VND while normally it’s around 190,000 VND.
Although it’s a wholesale market, sometime people sell low quality products for low price here, so it doesn’t really saving. So you should select carefully before buying.
2. Binh Tay market:
has various type of goods: cloths, materials, shoes, slippers, helmets, gloves, plastics, cooking utensils, dried foods, candies, cakes
There are some sweet gruel, 7000/bowl
This set of 5 purses costs 150,000 VND (30,000 VND each but customer must to buy as a set.
Plastic cups, bags, …
Paper cups and glasses
Candles and incenses (for praying activities)
Sausages of foods
Those stuffs are for altar, mostly for praying activities.
Bowls and plates
Mask – gloves – socks – towel – hats – sunlight and dust protection clothes – children shoes.