Saigon is not so vast, but there are a lot of places for Saigon residents and travelers to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Many people, especially tourists sometimes wonder if there are any places to play and things to do in Ho Chi Minh District 1. Hope that the following information will be useful for those who intend to travel to Ho Chi Minh District 1.
Nguyen Hue walking street
When Nguyen Hue pedestrian street was under construction, Saigon youths predicted that this street would be a very hot spot in the near future. Nguyen Hue walking street is a large square in the heart of Saigon where everyone can live in the lively space.
Here you also can walk down to the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to see one of the oldest buildings. Adjacent to this building is Vincom A that is considered the paradise for shopping in District 1. Entering this building, you will see numerous goods departments shimmering in the light or move to the cuisine area.
“Cà phê bệt” – Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
Cà phê bệt is a unique form of drinking coffee that diners do not seek a shop to have a drink; instead, they will choose a comfortable space and sit on the ground to drink coffee. This address is so familiar to young people in Saigon. Every night, a lot of Vietnamese students often have friend gatherings. Numerous groups of students at various ages come here and sometimes bring their guitar and cajon with them.
Here, if wanting to stroll around District 1, you can walk through Diamond Plaza, one of the attractive destinations of Saigon youth in district 1. If you move towards the back of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, you will get the opportunity to visit the Central Post Office.
“Phố Tây” Pham Ngu Lao
“Phố Tây” Pham Ngu Lao is suitable for those who would like to seek a lively atmosphere. “Phố Tây” is a small area near 23/9 park, Bui Vien street, Pham Ngu Lao ward.
This area is named “Phố Tây” (street for foreigners) because here there are a lot of foreign visitors. Besides, shops and restaurants here are mainly to serve these foreigners. If you have difficulties in seeking a place to enjoy Italian dish or Mexican-style food, “Phố Tây” Pham Ngu Lao is really an ideal destination. This place is also famous for bars and pubs of all kinds, styles and forms that meet different demands.
Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh market is regarded as a symbol of Saigon. In fact, this is not a favorite spot of young people in District 1 but it is preferred by foreign tourists. The reason is that the products provide mainly for foreigners and the price for all kinds of goods is not cheap. Anyway, Ben Thanh market is considered to be one of the must-go in District 1, especially if this is the first you have come to Ho Chi Minh City. It is the best to go with a native person or a guide to learn how to go shopping in Vietnam from them.
With the increasing number of services and entertainment areas, it is not easy to find out a place to play in Saigon that suits your need, interest and budget. Above-mentioned are some addresses for you to consider. Hope that you will get interesting experience when going for a walk in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.