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SAIGON INSPIRATION ATTRACTIONS FURTHER ATTRACTIONS DISTRICT 1 – POINT OF INTEREST – ATTRACTIONS IN HO CHI MINH CITY

 

District 1 is the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Most travelers will spend the majority of their time here. Home to most of the major sights and an expanding number of bars and restaurants, District 1 was designed by French architects during the colonial era, which explains the wide, tree-lined boulevards and frequent parklands. On a visit to Saigon, you could spend all your time in District 1 exclusively and never want any restaurants, products, or services.

 

Notable attractions in Saigon’s District 1 include Saigon City HallSaigon Opera HouseNotre Dame CathedralSaigon Central Post OfficeReunification PalaceNational History MuseumJade Emperor PagodaJamia Al Muslimin MosqueMariamman Hindu Temple, and the tallest building in the city, the Bitexco Tower. Conveniently, almost all of HCMC’s five-star hotels are scattered throughout District 1 making it easy for you to see the sights and indulge in comforting surroundings when it all gets too overwhelming.

Read more about Saigon’s different areas and points of interest: Districts of Ho Chi Minh City.

You can also check our guides:

What to do in Ho Chi Minh City in 24 hours? 

What to do in Ho Chi Minh City in 72 hours? 

Top 5 Things to Do in Saigon.

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SAIGON INSPIRATION ATTRACTIONS FURTHER ATTRACTIONS DISTRICT 5 OR CHO LON, SAIGON’S CHINATOWN

The District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City, more popularly known as Cho Lon, is the city’s Chinatown. Unfortunately, it is decidedly less Chinese than it used to be due to the anti-Chinese campaign in the late ’70s when many fled the country. Saigon’s District 5 is home to the largest market in Vietnam, a deluxe shopping mall, and charming Chinese pagodas such as Nghia An Hoi Quan, Tam Son Hoi Quan, Thien Hau, and Khanh Van Nam Vien.

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Cho Lon literally means ‘big market’ and you’ll discover that with a shopping trek to Binh Tay Market, the country’s largest. Make sure to bring your camera as there are many distinctive temples in the area. Pagodas of note include Nghia An Hoi QuanTam Son Hoi QuanThien Hau, and Khanh Van Nam Vien.. District 5, or Saigon’s Chinatown, occupies an area of 4 square km on the west bank of the Saigon River. It is a short drive away from central Saigon’s District 1.

Read more about Saigon’s different areas and points of interest: Districts of Ho Chi Minh City.

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SAIGON INSPIRATION ATTRACTIONS FURTHER ATTRACTIONS PHAM NGU LAO AREA

Commonly called “Pho Tay” (street of foreigners), the Pham Ngu Lao area in Saigon is a convenient place to find cheap accommodationfood, and nightlife. Located in District 1Ho Chi Minh City, “Pho Tay” comprises of numerous thoroughfares, including De Tham, Bui Vien, and Do Quang Dao streets. This area is a familiar address for literally everyone from low-budget travelers to locals. The rhythm here is always busy and noisy, especially at night when the streets get insanely crowded.

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Whatever you’re looking for, from local cuisine to international food, from banh mi (bread), banh xeo (pancakes), pho (the most popular rice noodle soup), bun bo Hue (also a rice noodle soup but a bit thicker than pho) to Indian, Turkish, Italian, Mexican dishes, Pham Ngu Lao is able to satisfy your craving. Thanks to the diversity, now you need to choose what to eat from tons of options. You may also want to have yourself a ca phe sua da, a powerful Vietnamese coffee mixed with milk which you can find in any coffee shop.

There are plenty of lively souvenir-and-craft stalls within the narrow lanes of Pham Ngu Lao. Here you can find almost everything: t-shirts, conical hats, handicrafts, silk, paintings, tea, coffee, coconut candies, tropical fruits and more. Remember to bargain.

Have you ever tried wandering around Pham Ngu Lao area in the morning? You’ll be surprised by how quiet and peaceful the street is compared to its bustling pace in the evening. As Pham Ngu Lao is not such a large area, it’s the perfect place to explore the alleys, immerse yourself in the local culture and be amazed by charming colonial-era buildings where local families have been living for generations.

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Perfect for experiencing “nhậu” cultural, Pham Ngu Lao gathers many incredibly cheap beer stalls on the roadside. It is a great place to relax, people watch and meet friendly expats from all over the world.

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