Ho Chi Minh Districts (Saigon)
Everything you Need to Know about Ho Chi Minh
No two Ho Chi Minh City districts are the same, each offering a distinctively unique experience and a wide range of accommodation options to travellers. As one of the fastest developing cities in Southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh has 19 districts with District 1 (sometime referred to as Saigon District) serving as the city centre. This is where you’ll find the most number of bars, restaurants and cafés as well as iconic landmarks.
A prominent location in District 1 is Pham Ngu Lao Street is where budget travellers opt to stay as it offers a bohemian atmosphere, cheap guesthouses, and a variety of international-style cuisine. Set within District 5, Chinatown or Cholon is the biggest Chinese community in the country with Binh Tay Market as its main draw while District 6 is home to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, middle-range and budget hotels as well as a peaceful residential area.
Other Areas in Saigon
Nguyen Hue Boulevard in District 1
Nguyen Hue Boulevard is a dream address for any shopaholic as it is home to many fine boutiques, trendy shops and shopping malls including Saigon Tax Trade Centre and Saigon Duty Free. Shoppers will enjoy the many up-market brands (Chanel and Longines are among the luxury goods available here.) and high-quality souvenirs from Vietnam. Also, there are many high-end spas, restaurants and accommodations to choose from.
The legendary Rex Hotel Saigon once a foreign-journalist base during the Vietnam War, where many stories were reported from, is also located here. This boulevard is a must-visit if you happen to be in town during the Tet Lunar New Year Festival. It’s when the area is full with flowers and decorative items for the famous annual flower show.
Phu My Hung Urban Area (aka Saigon South)
Phu My Hung Area is basically a new business centre in District 7 with well-planned residential areas, international schools, Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre and many other facilities including a growing dining scene. The opening of The Crescent, HCMC’s first international standard multi-complex in late 2011 helped further to enhance the status of this developed town which was the new city centre of the Saigon South Project.
Located next to the Crescent Lake, the Crescent features serviced apartments, waterfront retail space and a shopping mall with restaurants, along with a MegaStar Cineplex.