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District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City

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Chinatown is always fascinating to travelers with its cuisine and its colorful lights at night. District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City, a part of Chinatown, won’t disappoint you with a lot of delicious foods and shopping centers.

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District 5 Overview

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District 5 has been a part of Cho Lon or Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City since Chinese immigrants had just moved and settled in Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh City). The Cho Lon area includes District 5, District 6, and a part of District 10 and District 11. Most Chinese ethnics in Ho Chi Minh City are still living, influencing, and enriching the culture of the community.

District 5 was officially established in 1976, one year after the Vietnam Reunification. The district has been divided into 15 wards since 1986 until now, and share borders with others like District 1, District 6, District 8, District 10, and District 11.

district 5 scene

District 5 is known as a busy commercial and trading place of Ho Chi Minh City because most of the main roads connecting the north and the south, the east and the west of the city pass through the district. Most of the wholesalers are located in District 5 and distribute goods to other markets across the city. Besides the trading centers and local markets, many legal, financial, tourist, and medical services are also gathered here.

How to Get to District 5

If you want to go to District 5 straight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you can take the bus route 119 (65 minutes, VND 20,000, stops at Mien Tay (Western) Station) and route 159 (65 minutes, VND 10,000, stops at An Suong Station). Read more on How to take shuttle buses from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. You can shorten the travel time by traveling by taxi to 30 minutes, but they will cost you about 150,000 VND.

If you are in District 1, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to District 5. You can grab a taxi or opt for a motorbike so that you can make more stops and visit more places in District 5.

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Attractions in District 5

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In District 5, there are many cultural sites that allow you to understand more about the Chinese daily life in Vietnam and how the Chinese culture mixed, influenced, and adapted to the Vietnamese beliefs.

Name Entrance Fee Address Category
Nhi Phu Temple Free 264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Ward 14 Religious site
Thien Hau Temple Free 710 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11 Religious site
Quan De Temple Free 676 - 678 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11 Religious site
Le Chau Assembly Hall Free 586 Tran Hung Dao B, Ward 14 Religious site
Quan Am Pagoda Free 12 Lao Tu, Ward 11 Religious site
Jeanne d’Arc Church (Nga Sau Church) Free 116A Hung Vuong Street, Ward 9 Religious site
Cha Tam Church Free 25 Hoc Lac, Ward 14 Religious site
Cho Quan Church Free 120 Tran Binh Trong, Ward 2 Religious site
Cholon Jamail Mosque Free 641 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11 Religious site
Caodaism Saigon Worship Place Free 891 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 1 Religious site
Pétrus Ký Mausoleum and Memorial House Free 118 Tran Binh Trong, Ward 2 Historical attraction
Memorial House of Ho Chi Minh  Free 5 Chau Van Liem, Ward 14 Historical attraction
Hao Sy Phuong Alley Free 206 Tran Hung Dao B, Ward 10 Architecture
Van Lang Public Parks Free Corner of Hung Vuong and An Duong Vuong Street Park
Dai The Gioi Waterpark VND 85,000/adult over 1.4 meter
VND 65,000/child under 1.4 meter
Free for child under 0.8 meter
1106 Vo Van Kiet, Ward 6 Park

 

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Eating in District 5

district 5 food

When coming to District 5, you will find in many streets offering a variety of foods from different countries and in different kinds of eateries. Here are some options for street foods, Vietnamese foods, and of course delicious Chinese cuisine.

 Category  Location
Street Foods

Den 5 Ngon (5 Lights) at the intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Phung Hung

Nguyen Kim Street

Chinese Cuisine

Hu tieu Sa te Quang Ky (Rice noodle)
117 Trieu Quang Phuc, Ward 11

Hong Kong Street Foods Le Gia
623 - 625 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11

Minh Ky Dimsum
76 Nguyen Thoi Trung, Ward 6

Mi Vit Tiem Hai Ky (Duck Noodle Soup)
349 -351 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7

Vietnamese cuisine

Chay Bep Xanh An Duyen
10 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 6

Com Tam An Duong Vuong (Broken rice)
500-502 An Duong Vuong, Ward 4

Pho Le (Pho)
413 – 415 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7

Banh canh cua 14 (Crab noodle soup)
23A Tran Binh Trong, Ward 12

Bun cha Ho Guom (Northern style of vermicelli with BBQ)
6 Tran Phu, Ward 4

 

Shopping in District 5

district 5 market

Even though in District 5, there are not many glamorous shopping centers like those in District 1, most of these trading centers are for wholesales, reflecting the local style and always busy.

Category Address What to Buy
Shopping Centers

Parkson Hung Vuong
126 Hung Vuong, Ward 12

The Garden Mall (formerly known as Thuan Kieu Plaza)
190 Hong Bang, Ward 12

An Dong Plaza
18 An Duong Vuong, Ward 9

Clothing and Accessories
Markets

An Dong Market
34 An Duong Vuong, Ward 9

Hoa Binh Market
37 Bach Van, Ward 5

Xa Tay Market
36 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11

Clothing, Accessories, Dried Foods, and Textiles
Trading Centers

Dong Khanh Trade Center
465 - 473 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 14

Dai Quang Minh Trade Center
35 Chau Van Liem, Ward 14

Textiles and Materials for sewing
Street Nguyen Trai Street Clothing

 

Nightlife in District 5

district 5 ho chi minh city street foods

When night falls, the street food stalls get crowded with locals, especially young people. The foods in District 5 attracts a lot of people because of the diverse options for cuisine, eateries, and price. Snails, BBQ, and sweet soups are one of the most popular with the locals.

district 5 ho chi minh city an dong plaza

People also go to the malls in District 5 like Parkson Hung Vuong and Garden Mall for shopping, window-shopping, watching movies, or playing in games centers.

 

Summary of District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City

If you love Chinatown, District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City is the place you should visit with many old Chinese temples as well as delicious Chinese dishes. However, you will not find any clear distinction between the district and the rest of the city but see for yourself how the Chinese ethnics have blended in with the Vietnamese lifestyle over the past 300 years since its first establishment in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

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Do you conduct tour about District 5? I sent you an email please help to check. We are a family of 5 wanting to tour in March.

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