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District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City


District 3 is one of the most developing districts in Ho Chi Minh City besides District 1. Visiting District 3, you will be impressed by not only many office buildings and restaurants but also a great number of religious sites, unique coffee shops, and wonderful eating streets.

Map of District 3's Attractions:

District 3 Overview

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District 3 is located next to District 1 which is the center of Saigon with a total area of 4.9 square km. Four districts sharing its borders are Phu Nhuan District, Tan Binh District, District 1, and District 10. There are 14 wards in District 3 ranging from Ward 1 to Ward 14. Having been one of the major districts of Ho Chi Minh City for decades, District 3 used to be an administrative district with several headquarters of the US administration and foreign embassies during the period of the Vietnam War. District 3 today has become a commercial district, playing an important role in the development of Ho Chi Minh City.

How to Get to District 3

District 3 is within driving distance of Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), which could take around 20 minutes to get there. If you take the taxis at the airport, it would cost about VND 65,000 to VND 85,000. You can also find buses at the airport that could drop you off in certain locations on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Dien Bien Phu, Pasteur, Vo Thi Sau, and Cach Mang Thang 8, District 3.

Attractions in District 3

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War Remnants Museum in District 3

District 3 is the second most visited district in Ho Chi Minh City after District 1. The district is famous for several religious sites including local churches, Buddhist pagodas, and a pagoda of a Vietnamese ethnic community named Khmer. Most of them are budget-friendly or free-entrance attractions.

 Name  Entrance Fee Address  Category
 Xa Loi Pagoda  Free  89B Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Ward 7  Religious site
 Vinh Nghiem Pagoda  Free  339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7  Religious site
 Phap Hoa (Lotus) Pagoda  Free  220A Le Van Sy, Ward 14  Religious site
 Tan Dinh Church  Free  289 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 8  Religious site
 Ky Dong Church  Free  38 Ky Dong, Ward 9  Religious site
 Wat Chantarangsay
 Free  Hoang Sa, Ward 7, Near Le Van Sy Bridge  Religious site
 Song Son Temple  Free  Corner of 69 Alley Nguyen Thien Thuat and 585 Alley Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 2  Religious site
 War Remnants Museum  VND 40,000  28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6  Museum
 Southern Vietnam Women Museum  Free
 202 Vo Thi Sau, Ward 7  Museum
 Secret Weapon Cellar Museum  Free  287/70 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 5  Museum
 Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument  Free

 70-72 Cach Mang Thang 8, Ward 6
 Corner of Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Cach Mang Thang 8

 Historical attraction
 Turtle Lake  Free  The roundabout of Pham Ngoc Thach Street with Tran Cao Van and Vo Van Tan Street  Public site


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Eating in District 3

district 3 ho chi minh snacks

Being located next to District 1, District 3 is another option for food-lovers with more reasonable prices. This district is widely known for various kinds of coffee shops which are ideal places for Saigonese young people to gather together on a daily basis.

 Category  Location
 Street eats  Cao Thang Street, Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Turtle Lake
 Coffee shops

 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Turtle Lake, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Vo Van Tan Street, Le Van Sy Street

Gac Hoa Attic Café: 92/17 Pham Ngoc Thach, Ward 6
OZ Coffee House: Alley 207 Le Van Sy
Casanova Café: 61C Tu Xuong, Ward 7
Monologues: 93B Vo Van Tan, Ward 6
CI5 Coffee & Tea House: 243 Le Van Sy, Ward 13

 Vietnamese foods  Ban Co Market, Vuon Chuoi Market, Nguyen Van Troi Market
Vietnamese beer restaurants  Hoang Sa Street, Truong Sa Street


Shopping in District 3

Despite being not as famous for luxury shopping malls as District 1, District 3 is a shopping paradise for those loving unique hip clothes and accessories. There are several fashion stores along streets in District 3 with a variety of brands and prices.

 Category  Address  What to Buy
 Shopping malls

 RomeA Center: 117 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6

 Clothes, Accessories
 Local Markets

 Ban Co Market: 664 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 3

 Vuon Chuoi Market: 428 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 4

 Nguyen Van Troi Market: 209/32 Le Van Sy, Ward 13

 Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Accessories

 Vietnamese dried foods

 Shopping Streets  Le Van Sy Street, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ly Chinh Thang Street, Vo Van Tan Street  Clothes, Shoes



Nightlife in District 3

District 3 at night is lively with many Saigonese young people gather together, enjoying Vietnamese street foods, and chill out at 24/7 coffee shops, night bars, and clubs.

Nguyen Thuong Hien is a well-known eating street due to its specialties which are a mixture rice paper (banh trang tron), snails and shellfish.

Turtle Lake has always been an ideal place for young local people to gather and enjoy street foods like Vietnamese pizza, mixed rice paper (banh trang tron), and milk tea.

Summary of District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City

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Being one of the downtown districts in Ho Chi Minh City, District 3 has always been a top choice for visitors when traveling to Saigon. It is also a perfect place for many kinds of travelers ranging from coffee and architecture lovers to those showing an interest in Vietnamese culture and religions.

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