Once one of the poorest districts in Saigon, District 2 is now a fast-developing hotspot. Passing under the Thủ Thiêm Tunnel which connects Võ Văn Kiệt street with Mai Chí Thọ street and seeing large construction cranes in the distance will give a clear indication of the city’s plans to create a second CBD. With its close proximity to District 1, District 2 will also be the first stop on the city metro line.

The district’s expat enclave, Thảo Điền ward, has some of the most prestigious international schools, villas, private estate compounds and many authentic Western restaurants and bars. Because of its international schools, District 2 is also home to many expats with young families. Its ambience is more suburban than a big city, despite rapid development. Consequently, streets in Thảo Điền are less crowded than in the CBD. Be aware that flooding in many parts of the district are still relatively common due to the presence of older roads.

For information on Thao Dien go to Gateway Thao Dien: Raising The Bar For Luxury

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