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Saigon City View Apartment Neighborhood Guidebook

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Saigon City View Apartment Neighborhood Guidebook

Food Scene
Vietnam House Restaurant
97 Đồng Khởi
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Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street
22 Nguyễn Huệ
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Bình Quới Tourist Village
Ba Chieu Market
Your inner child will love you for spending an afternoon here. What’s so special about Cafe Thuc Te Ao? Apart from plenty of comfortable spots to sit and large enough tables to set up your workstation for the day, it offers a VR gaming station! So, if you want to reward yourself for clearing out that inbox or finishing off the day’s projects, join other guests in a round of your favorite video games with the bonus of getting to play it all in VR. Be warned though, if you are too easily distracted, you might have a hard time focusing on your tasks here. After all, it can be difficult to make video games wait until after all the work is done… Address: 8 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ward 7, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Cafe Thực Tế Ảo
8 Hoàng Hoa Thám
Your inner child will love you for spending an afternoon here. What’s so special about Cafe Thuc Te Ao? Apart from plenty of comfortable spots to sit and large enough tables to set up your workstation for the day, it offers a VR gaming station! So, if you want to reward yourself for clearing out that inbox or finishing off the day’s projects, join other guests in a round of your favorite video games with the bonus of getting to play it all in VR. Be warned though, if you are too easily distracted, you might have a hard time focusing on your tasks here. After all, it can be difficult to make video games wait until after all the work is done… Address: 8 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ward 7, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
One of the newest additions to Binh Thanh’s café scene, Green Coffee is perfect if you like to support local organic growers and enjoy the perfect brew of some of Vietnam’s best fresh coffee beans. Step inside Green Coffee and leave the noise of the busy main road for this venue’s quiet, green atmosphere. Bare concrete walls and an abundance of leafy plants make this a wonderful place to focus on your work without any distractions. For that extra boost of energy and mental clarity, indulge in their excellent coffee creations and pick up a pack or two as a gift to your coffee-loving friends. They’ll love you for it! Address: 5 Nguyen Huy Tuong, Ward 6, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Green coffee
60-64 Bình Lợi
One of the newest additions to Binh Thanh’s café scene, Green Coffee is perfect if you like to support local organic growers and enjoy the perfect brew of some of Vietnam’s best fresh coffee beans. Step inside Green Coffee and leave the noise of the busy main road for this venue’s quiet, green atmosphere. Bare concrete walls and an abundance of leafy plants make this a wonderful place to focus on your work without any distractions. For that extra boost of energy and mental clarity, indulge in their excellent coffee creations and pick up a pack or two as a gift to your coffee-loving friends. They’ll love you for it! Address: 5 Nguyen Huy Tuong, Ward 6, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Unless you live in the Saigon Pearl complex or a friend tells you about this one, you probably don’t know about it. Set in a villa facing the river, Bosgaurus Coffee is known among coffee lovers as one of the city’s best spots for a perfect brew. Want Vietnamese, Colombian, or Ethiopian coffee? This café is the best spot for it! Apart from that, this space is perfect to spend a day working through your to-do list. Bosgaurus has plenty of natural light, a splendid view and comfy seats, making it an excellent working café in Binh Thanh District. Another good thing is the location. Whether you’re heading to D2 or downtown from here, everything is quite close, and you’ll easily find a taxi or Grab here if you need one. Address: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Villa 1D5, Saigon Pearl, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Bosgaurus Coffee
Unless you live in the Saigon Pearl complex or a friend tells you about this one, you probably don’t know about it. Set in a villa facing the river, Bosgaurus Coffee is known among coffee lovers as one of the city’s best spots for a perfect brew. Want Vietnamese, Colombian, or Ethiopian coffee? This café is the best spot for it! Apart from that, this space is perfect to spend a day working through your to-do list. Bosgaurus has plenty of natural light, a splendid view and comfy seats, making it an excellent working café in Binh Thanh District. Another good thing is the location. Whether you’re heading to D2 or downtown from here, everything is quite close, and you’ll easily find a taxi or Grab here if you need one. Address: 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Villa 1D5, Saigon Pearl, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Do you love your specialty coffee? Then the Ueshima Coffee Company, also known as UCC might become your new favorite working café in Ho Chi Minh City. This Japanese chain has made it their mission to serve up some of the best coffee in Ho Chi Minh City and it does a pretty amazing job of it. On top of that, this coffee shop offers plenty of space, good Wi-Fi and comfortable seating to make it easy to spend several hours here whizzing through your list of tasks. Not sure what to get? Ask the barista to recommend some of their specialties to you. Whatever type of coffee you like, you’ll be sure to find it here. Address: 17 Duong D2, Saigon Pearl, 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
UCC COFFEE ROASTERY
Do you love your specialty coffee? Then the Ueshima Coffee Company, also known as UCC might become your new favorite working café in Ho Chi Minh City. This Japanese chain has made it their mission to serve up some of the best coffee in Ho Chi Minh City and it does a pretty amazing job of it. On top of that, this coffee shop offers plenty of space, good Wi-Fi and comfortable seating to make it easy to spend several hours here whizzing through your list of tasks. Not sure what to get? Ask the barista to recommend some of their specialties to you. Whatever type of coffee you like, you’ll be sure to find it here. Address: 17 Duong D2, Saigon Pearl, 92 Nguyen Huu Canh, Ward 22, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Set on a side street of ever-busy Dien Bien Phu, Loi Kafe is a great place to leave the city’s hustle and bustle behind and get some work done. Once you find it, pick a spot inside this cute café or go for a seat on their balcony if you need a view while you work and don’t mind Ho Chi Minh City’s warm weather. Their menu is quite extensive and offers everything from Vietnamese coffee and tea to popular milk tea creations and fresh juices. Snacks are available too, so if hunger strikes while you’re at work, you don’t need to move camp. Once your tasks are done and all emails are answered, join one of the events they host regularly if you’re keen to stick around after hours. Address: 277/33 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ward 15, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Lỗi Kafe
277/33 Đinh Bộ Lĩnh
Set on a side street of ever-busy Dien Bien Phu, Loi Kafe is a great place to leave the city’s hustle and bustle behind and get some work done. Once you find it, pick a spot inside this cute café or go for a seat on their balcony if you need a view while you work and don’t mind Ho Chi Minh City’s warm weather. Their menu is quite extensive and offers everything from Vietnamese coffee and tea to popular milk tea creations and fresh juices. Snacks are available too, so if hunger strikes while you’re at work, you don’t need to move camp. Once your tasks are done and all emails are answered, join one of the events they host regularly if you’re keen to stick around after hours. Address: 277/33 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ward 15, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Hidden away in the heart of Binh Thanh District, this café is a must if you want to experience true Vietnamese coffee culture. Ngach 160 is set in a traditional Vietnamese house with an expansive courtyard and several rooms to choose from, each decorated in a different theme. Some feature local artists’ work depicting famous sights, others are a bit simpler and feel like someone’s living room. Prefer to sit outdoors and watch other guests come and go through the small alleyway? Then snag a spot on the terrace and get a cool drink to stay fresh. The coffee here is amazing as is the selection of traditional Vietnamese food. Does Ngach 160 sound like the perfect place to spend the whole day working in a unique environment? That’s because it is! Address: 160/29 Bui Dinh Tuy, Ward 12, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
Ngach 160 Coffee Shop
160/29 Bùi Đình Tuý
Hidden away in the heart of Binh Thanh District, this café is a must if you want to experience true Vietnamese coffee culture. Ngach 160 is set in a traditional Vietnamese house with an expansive courtyard and several rooms to choose from, each decorated in a different theme. Some feature local artists’ work depicting famous sights, others are a bit simpler and feel like someone’s living room. Prefer to sit outdoors and watch other guests come and go through the small alleyway? Then snag a spot on the terrace and get a cool drink to stay fresh. The coffee here is amazing as is the selection of traditional Vietnamese food. Does Ngach 160 sound like the perfect place to spend the whole day working in a unique environment? That’s because it is! Address: 160/29 Bui Dinh Tuy, Ward 12, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
If you’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City for a little while, chances are, you’ve seen a branch of the Coffee House while out and about. If you usually tend to skip café chains, maybe you’ll consider making an exception for this one. Their stylish interior, the variety of comfortable chairs and loungers, and strong Wi-Fi make this coffee shop ideal for anyone who’s serious about getting work done. Got a lot of stuff with you? Don’t worry, tables here are big enough for any mobile office so you can spread out comfortably. While this place is not cheap, the cool atmosphere and great coffee more than make up for the price tag. Address: 14B1 Ngo Tat To, Ward 19, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
The Coffee House - Ngô Tất Tố
If you’ve been in Ho Chi Minh City for a little while, chances are, you’ve seen a branch of the Coffee House while out and about. If you usually tend to skip café chains, maybe you’ll consider making an exception for this one. Their stylish interior, the variety of comfortable chairs and loungers, and strong Wi-Fi make this coffee shop ideal for anyone who’s serious about getting work done. Got a lot of stuff with you? Don’t worry, tables here are big enough for any mobile office so you can spread out comfortably. While this place is not cheap, the cool atmosphere and great coffee more than make up for the price tag. Address: 14B1 Ngo Tat To, Ward 19, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
From the upscale to the downright dirty, in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District the eateries are as endless as they are fascinating. This is a corner of Saigon with a bit of an edge and more often than not, restaurants and food stalls to match. Local, foreign, and everything in between, here is the list of the top 10 must try food stalls in Binh Thanh District.
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From the upscale to the downright dirty, in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District the eateries are as endless as they are fascinating. This is a corner of Saigon with a bit of an edge and more often than not, restaurants and food stalls to match. Local, foreign, and everything in between, here is the list of the top 10 must try food stalls in Binh Thanh District.
City Garden
59 Đường Ngô Tất Tố
Van Kiep Market
73 Vạn Kiếp
Vero Coffee
Loriekot's Grill
574 Điện Biên Phủ
Le Steak
157 Đường Nguyễn Gia Trí
ASA Bistro
208 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh
Mr.Ox Steak House
40/13 Nguyễn Văn Đậu
Oliver's Pizza
85 Phạm Viết Chánh
Gắp Gắp Phở và Cafe
107 Võ Oanh
Jolie Bakery Cafe
66/44a Đường Bình Quới
Ti Ti French Restaurant (beafsteak)
67/4/118 Vũ Huy Tấn
Quán Phương Dê
101 Ung Văn Khiêm
Quán Huế O Mân
111 Đường D5
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Sushi Nhí
25 Nguyễn Công Trứ
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Sushi Sake Restaurant Kiyota
Morico - Contemporary Japanese Lifestyle Restaurant Cafe - Saigon Pearl
92 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh
Pizza Inn BP
106 Đinh Tiên Hoàng
Monkey BBQ
89 Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh
Dharma Garden Vegetarian Restaurant
17 Nguyễn Huy Tưởng
Drinks & Nightlife
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Chill Skybar
76A Lê Lai
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Chill Skybar
76A Lê Lai
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Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later.
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Bùi Viện
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Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later.
Backpacker Street
Shopping
Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day but all the same its well worth a look. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese.
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Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market
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Sightseeing
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Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
01 Công xã Paris
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Saigon Opera House (Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater)
07 Lam Sơn
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War Remnants Museum
28 Võ Văn Tần
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Saigon Zoo And Botanical Garden
2 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm
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Ngọc Hoàng Pagoda
73 Đường Mai Thị Lựu
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Tomb of Lê Văn Duyệt
Gia Dinh Church
280 Bùi Hữu Nghĩa
Chùa Diệu Pháp
188 Nơ Trang Long
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Landmark 81 skyview
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Binh Trieu Bridge
Artinus 3D Art Museum is an interactive art gallery, which gives it visitors a truly wonderful experience in the magic of 3D. This museum has more than 100 different 3D paintings, created by Korean artists. The artworks are created in a way that the visitors can step inside them and be part of some stunning 3D scenes. You will be amazed by all the optical illusions on display and surely have the chance of taking many pictures which will blow your friends’ minds. You can be trapped in a bottle, fight with a dragon and much more. Among the nine zones are the wildlife world, ancient Egypt, Renaissance art, Oceans and, of course, Vietnam. The Artinus 3D Art Museum is not overcrowded and therefore gives its visitors the time to enjoy the art and take pictures at their leisure.
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Artinus 3D Art Museum
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Artinus 3D Art Museum is an interactive art gallery, which gives it visitors a truly wonderful experience in the magic of 3D. This museum has more than 100 different 3D paintings, created by Korean artists. The artworks are created in a way that the visitors can step inside them and be part of some stunning 3D scenes. You will be amazed by all the optical illusions on display and surely have the chance of taking many pictures which will blow your friends’ minds. You can be trapped in a bottle, fight with a dragon and much more. Among the nine zones are the wildlife world, ancient Egypt, Renaissance art, Oceans and, of course, Vietnam. The Artinus 3D Art Museum is not overcrowded and therefore gives its visitors the time to enjoy the art and take pictures at their leisure.
Ba Thien Hau Temple in Saigon is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. It’s believed that she protects and rescues ships and people on the sea by flying around on a mat or cloud. Mazuism is connected with traditions and beliefs from both Taoism and Buddhism.
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Bà Thiên Hậu Temple
710 Nguyễn Trãi
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Ba Thien Hau Temple in Saigon is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. It’s believed that she protects and rescues ships and people on the sea by flying around on a mat or cloud. Mazuism is connected with traditions and beliefs from both Taoism and Buddhism.
As the name suggests, this village is tailor-made for package holidaymakers, but nonetheless offers a pleasant choice of activities including water puppet shows, boat rides, and river cruises. It was built in 1994 by the Sai Gon Tourist Corporation on the banks of the Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District, eight kilometres from the centre of Saigon. Generally considered the largest tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, it has an evening dinner cruise with cultural show.
Bình Quới Tourist Village
As the name suggests, this village is tailor-made for package holidaymakers, but nonetheless offers a pleasant choice of activities including water puppet shows, boat rides, and river cruises. It was built in 1994 by the Sai Gon Tourist Corporation on the banks of the Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District, eight kilometres from the centre of Saigon. Generally considered the largest tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City, it has an evening dinner cruise with cultural show.
Ho Chi Minh City’s Bitexco Financial Tower & Sky Deck stands 262 metres high at the centre of the city’s business district and offers visitors an unparalleled city view from its Sky Deck. Designed by renowned American Architect Carlos Zapata, this 68-storey tower houses offices, shops, restaurants, and a helipad. CNNGo recently ranked the building fifth in their listing of the world’s 20 most iconic skyscrapers.
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Bitexco Tower
10 Hồ Tùng Mậu
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Ho Chi Minh City’s Bitexco Financial Tower & Sky Deck stands 262 metres high at the centre of the city’s business district and offers visitors an unparalleled city view from its Sky Deck. Designed by renowned American Architect Carlos Zapata, this 68-storey tower houses offices, shops, restaurants, and a helipad. CNNGo recently ranked the building fifth in their listing of the world’s 20 most iconic skyscrapers.
The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are all honoured at this temple.
Cholon Cao Dai Temple
194 Ngô Quyền
The Cao Dai Temple was finished in 1955 when the Cao Dai Army was formed following the Japanese occupation of Indochina. Caodaists believe that all religions are ultimately the same and seek to promote tolerance throughout the world. The Lord Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Confucius, in addition to Joan of Arc and Julius Cesar are all honoured at this temple.
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Alfred Foulhoux and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century.
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Saigon Central Post Office
Số 125 Công xã Paris
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The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and perhaps the grandest post office in all of Southeast Asia. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together and offers visitors a chance to imagine life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Alfred Foulhoux and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century.
Cong Vien Van Hoa Park in Saigon is a big, green quiet park in an otherwise busy city. At this serene place you can sit in the shade on any of the park benches and watch the locals going about their daily routine. Students will be hanging around studying (some might even come up to you to practice their English), friends and couples are chatting or having a snack, while elderly people make use of the exercise equipment.
Cong Vien Van Hoa Park
115 Nguyễn Du
Cong Vien Van Hoa Park in Saigon is a big, green quiet park in an otherwise busy city. At this serene place you can sit in the shade on any of the park benches and watch the locals going about their daily routine. Students will be hanging around studying (some might even come up to you to practice their English), friends and couples are chatting or having a snack, while elderly people make use of the exercise equipment.
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon features a variety of water slides, a wave pool, and several other thrilling rides for visitors of all ages. Located in District 11, this amusement park is less than 30 minutes away from the city centre by car, making it a popular retreat amongst locals and expats with children, especially during the often scorching summer months and school holidays. If you’re a thrill-seeker, standout rides include the Kamikaze, a fast-paced water slide measuring 19 metres in height, and a Flying Fox-themed water ride, where you get to hang from a 10 metre-long cable over a massive swimming pool. Young visitors can enjoy the children’s play area, which houses colourful slides, and massive statues of elephants and hippos spouting water jets.
Đầm Sen Water Park
Dam Sen Water Park Saigon features a variety of water slides, a wave pool, and several other thrilling rides for visitors of all ages. Located in District 11, this amusement park is less than 30 minutes away from the city centre by car, making it a popular retreat amongst locals and expats with children, especially during the often scorching summer months and school holidays. If you’re a thrill-seeker, standout rides include the Kamikaze, a fast-paced water slide measuring 19 metres in height, and a Flying Fox-themed water ride, where you get to hang from a 10 metre-long cable over a massive swimming pool. Young visitors can enjoy the children’s play area, which houses colourful slides, and massive statues of elephants and hippos spouting water jets.
Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was the centre of glamour and was called Rue Catinat. It became Tu Do or Freedom Street during the Vietnam War. When the Communists took over Saigon in the late 1970s, the name changed again to Dong Khoi, which means Total Revolution. Now Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the city’s commercial life. It is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street. Walk along Dong Khoi Street to admire what is left of the colonial architecture. Starting from the southern end on the bank of the Saigon River, have a look along the way at the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, the Caravelle Hotel, the stunning Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office, and the Hotel de Ville, which is now the People’s Committee Building, ending at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris Square.
Dong Khoi Street
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Home to many French colonial buildings, Dong Khoi Street has witnessed many changes in Ho Chi Minh City. During the French occupation, it was the centre of glamour and was called Rue Catinat. It became Tu Do or Freedom Street during the Vietnam War. When the Communists took over Saigon in the late 1970s, the name changed again to Dong Khoi, which means Total Revolution. Now Dong Khoi Street is at the heart of the city’s commercial life. It is still the best place to admire the grand old colonial buildings although they too are being overshadowed by the nearby high-rise office towers. International brands, boutiques, stylish cafes and high-end restaurants now line this bustling street. Walk along Dong Khoi Street to admire what is left of the colonial architecture. Starting from the southern end on the bank of the Saigon River, have a look along the way at the Continental Hotel, the Opera House, the Caravelle Hotel, the stunning Gustav Eiffel-designed Central Post Office, and the Hotel de Ville, which is now the People’s Committee Building, ending at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Paris Square.
Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988. Situated in Binh Than District, the pagoda is surrounded by spacious, walled garden and fronted by statues of mythical dragons, the protective guardians to many temples here.
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Giac Lam Pagoda
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Giac Lam Pagoda, built in 1744, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and as such was listed as an important historical site by the Vietnamese Department of Culture in 1988. Situated in Binh Than District, the pagoda is surrounded by spacious, walled garden and fronted by statues of mythical dragons, the protective guardians to many temples here.
The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre in Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant place to learn about the culture of Vietnamese life during your holiday. The show takes place every day in in Tao Dan Park, when visitors are entertained by puppets acting on a ‘stage’ of water accompanied by live old-fashioned music played on authentic instruments. Dialogues are performed entirely in Vietnamese, but the puppet gestures are obvious enough to understand the many sketches throughout the show. You are also given a pamphlet in English prior to the show, which gives a brief description of each segment or dance performance. Actors perform traditional folklore, legends and historic tales spanning over 800 years of history. There are two shows at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, at 17:00 and 18:30. You can buy tickets at the counter, which opens every day from 08:30 until 11:30 and 13:30 until 19:30. You can also opt for an evening tour and combine the Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre with a cyclo tour through Ho Chi Minh City. During this tour you also get to enjoy a buffet dinner cruise along the Saigon River before returning to your hotel.
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The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater
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The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre in Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant place to learn about the culture of Vietnamese life during your holiday. The show takes place every day in in Tao Dan Park, when visitors are entertained by puppets acting on a ‘stage’ of water accompanied by live old-fashioned music played on authentic instruments. Dialogues are performed entirely in Vietnamese, but the puppet gestures are obvious enough to understand the many sketches throughout the show. You are also given a pamphlet in English prior to the show, which gives a brief description of each segment or dance performance. Actors perform traditional folklore, legends and historic tales spanning over 800 years of history. There are two shows at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, at 17:00 and 18:30. You can buy tickets at the counter, which opens every day from 08:30 until 11:30 and 13:30 until 19:30. You can also opt for an evening tour and combine the Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre with a cyclo tour through Ho Chi Minh City. During this tour you also get to enjoy a buffet dinner cruise along the Saigon River before returning to your hotel.
The pagoda is next to a children’s amusement park. Built in 1962, is has seven storeys, though usually only the first two are open. Visitors are welcome to view the beautiful shrine and Buddha statues inside. Around it are lakes and gardens.
Việt Nam Quốc Pagoda
244 Ba Tháng Hai
The pagoda is next to a children’s amusement park. Built in 1962, is has seven storeys, though usually only the first two are open. Visitors are welcome to view the beautiful shrine and Buddha statues inside. Around it are lakes and gardens.
Binh Thanh Neighborhood
Saigon City View Apartments are located in Binh Thanh, Saigon City.
In the last few years, as Ho Chi Minh City has grown and evolved, there is no doubt that some of its culture has been lost along the way. Where generation-old Pho shops once sat, Western fast food joints now loom large. Colorful facades of store fronts and homes have given way to towering skyscrapers. The transition has been both natural and forced—the government has established grand long-term plans for the look and feel of the city. However, unbeknownst to many tourists, there is more to Ho Chi Minh City than the downtown area. If you take a short ride to neighboring Binh Thanh, you’ll get the best of both worlds—the opportunity to witness incredible change, while being able to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of old Saigon.
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In the last few years, as Ho Chi Minh City has grown and evolved, there is no doubt that some of its culture has been lost along the way. Where generation-old Pho shops once sat, Western fast food joints now loom large. Colorful facades of store fronts and homes have given way to towering skyscrapers. The transition has been both natural and forced—the government has established grand long-term plans for the look and feel of the city. However, unbeknownst to many tourists, there is more to Ho Chi Minh City than the downtown area. If you take a short ride to neighboring Binh Thanh, you’ll get the best of both worlds—the opportunity to witness incredible change, while being able to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of old Saigon.
One of the greatest joys of travel is being able to sample local cuisine. Ah the excitement as your palette welcomes strange dishes, spices and tastes. There is nothing quite like it and frankly it is one of the many things I look forward to when in a new city. Eating your way through the local food is something which you must never miss. With vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don’t stay hungry for long in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. From the upscale to the downright dirty, in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District the eateries are as endless as they are fascinating. This is a corner of Saigon with a bit of an edge and more often than not, restaurants and food stalls to match. Local, foreign, and everything in between, here is the list of the top 10 must try food stalls in Binh Thanh District.
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One of the greatest joys of travel is being able to sample local cuisine. Ah the excitement as your palette welcomes strange dishes, spices and tastes. There is nothing quite like it and frankly it is one of the many things I look forward to when in a new city. Eating your way through the local food is something which you must never miss. With vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don’t stay hungry for long in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. From the upscale to the downright dirty, in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District the eateries are as endless as they are fascinating. This is a corner of Saigon with a bit of an edge and more often than not, restaurants and food stalls to match. Local, foreign, and everything in between, here is the list of the top 10 must try food stalls in Binh Thanh District.
Pick an alley, any alley. Bisected by a few large highways, Binh Thanh is a district of narrow zig-zagging alleyways just waiting to be explored. Cross any of the bridges from District 1, and you’ll soon find yourself face to face with a much more real, authentic Vietnam. To understand what brings this city to life, meander deeper and deeper into the intricate nests of Binh Thanh’s neighborhoods. From screaming children to cockfights and home brewed beer, these labyrinths are full of activity.
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Pick an alley, any alley. Bisected by a few large highways, Binh Thanh is a district of narrow zig-zagging alleyways just waiting to be explored. Cross any of the bridges from District 1, and you’ll soon find yourself face to face with a much more real, authentic Vietnam. To understand what brings this city to life, meander deeper and deeper into the intricate nests of Binh Thanh’s neighborhoods. From screaming children to cockfights and home brewed beer, these labyrinths are full of activity.
Just around the corner from a Soviet-era apartment block, Thi Nghe Market gets up early and stays up late. With fish, poultry, and meat in the back, and spices, clothes, and plastic goods in the front, Thi Nghe Market has it all. This one-story shopping center is a refreshing alternative to the tourist-riddled Ben Thanh market in District 1. The smaller size provides a much more intimate feel, and the hands off vibe is a friendly reminder that this is one market geared toward locals.
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Just around the corner from a Soviet-era apartment block, Thi Nghe Market gets up early and stays up late. With fish, poultry, and meat in the back, and spices, clothes, and plastic goods in the front, Thi Nghe Market has it all. This one-story shopping center is a refreshing alternative to the tourist-riddled Ben Thanh market in District 1. The smaller size provides a much more intimate feel, and the hands off vibe is a friendly reminder that this is one market geared toward locals.
As Ho Cho Minh has blossomed into a global metropolis, there’s been a growing need to fill the void of Western sport. The Him Lam Golf Driving Range, located just outside District 1, has done just this. With three floors to tee off from and spectacular views of the downtown skyline, this is a great way to spend the afternoon and watch the sun melt behind the endless sea of Saigon’s cranes.
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As Ho Cho Minh has blossomed into a global metropolis, there’s been a growing need to fill the void of Western sport. The Him Lam Golf Driving Range, located just outside District 1, has done just this. With three floors to tee off from and spectacular views of the downtown skyline, this is a great way to spend the afternoon and watch the sun melt behind the endless sea of Saigon’s cranes.
Relax at Van Thanh Park - Take an afternoon and embrace the tourist in you by visiting Van Thanh Park. This patch of shade and green amidst a sprawling field of concrete offers a much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh. With tennis courts, a restaurant overlooking the water, plenty of green, and a pool to ditch the midday heat, spending a few hours at Van Thanh Park is a great way to kick back and relax.
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Relax at Van Thanh Park - Take an afternoon and embrace the tourist in you by visiting Van Thanh Park. This patch of shade and green amidst a sprawling field of concrete offers a much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh. With tennis courts, a restaurant overlooking the water, plenty of green, and a pool to ditch the midday heat, spending a few hours at Van Thanh Park is a great way to kick back and relax.
Yes, nature. Feeling overwhelmed by the madness? If the pool won’t cure you, Binh Thanh’s got one more secret calling your name. An oasis of vegetation, Thanh Da Island (technically a peninsula) juts out from the north side of Binh Thanh into the Saigon River. While it’s only 10 kilometers from the city center, the rice paddies and fishing ponds make this destination seem worlds away.
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Yes, nature. Feeling overwhelmed by the madness? If the pool won’t cure you, Binh Thanh’s got one more secret calling your name. An oasis of vegetation, Thanh Da Island (technically a peninsula) juts out from the north side of Binh Thanh into the Saigon River. While it’s only 10 kilometers from the city center, the rice paddies and fishing ponds make this destination seem worlds away.
Connecting Binh Thanh and the undeveloped portion of District 2, Thủ Thiêm Bridge offers unparalleled views of downtown Saigon. Take a right off Nguyen Huu Cahn, just past the driving range, and find a spot along the railing to watch the light show in the sky.
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Connecting Binh Thanh and the undeveloped portion of District 2, Thủ Thiêm Bridge offers unparalleled views of downtown Saigon. Take a right off Nguyen Huu Cahn, just past the driving range, and find a spot along the railing to watch the light show in the sky.