Known for its vibrant nightlife and bustling streets, Ho Chi Minh City is a treasure trove for travelers on a Vietnam tour. The neighborhood of district 3 HCMC is one of those areas in the city where you can probably experience the best of Saigon. Being one of the most popular hippest hangout spots in Ho Chi Minh City, District 3 is known as the home to some astonishing colonial architectures that can be seen in temples, restaurants, and parks. Not just this, the region of District 3 Ho Chi Minh City is also known for its wonderful mix of old and new; here in the region, you can explore a great combination of cheap, budget, and high-end dining and shopping as well as housing. In this post, I’ll be covering some of the best experiences you must indulge in while exploring the region,
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Tan Dinh Parish Church
Often referred to as the ‘Pink Church’, Tan Dinh Parish Church is one of the most beautiful and popular Christian pilgrimage sites in District 3, Saigon. The history of this popular church dates back to the late 19th century. Apart from the serene and tranquil ambiance, the imposing architecture of the church is one of the key highlights of this place. The church was built by the French and its architecture boasts a beautiful mix of Baroque, Roman and Gothic craftsmanship.
289 Hai Bà Trưng, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Throughout the day.
No Entry Fee
Xa Loi Pagoda
Your pilgrimage tour in District 3 cannot be just restricted to Tan Dinh Parish Chruch, the region is also dotted with a number pagodas. Xa Loi Pagoda is one such popular landmark in the region. The pagoda boasts a beautiful mix of both traditional culture and modern architecture. Besides, the architecture of this sacred site displays beautiful craftsmanship of the typical architecture of Saigon.
89 Bà Huyện Thanh Quan, Phường 7, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 70000, Vietnam
Sunday to Saturday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
No Entry Fee
War Remnant Museum
If you are keen to know about the history of the Vietnam War, then War Remnant Museum is the perfect place quench the thirst of your evergreen curiosity. The museum houses a wide range of exhibits including documents, weapons, and photographs that serve as the firm evidence of war in Vietnam. From these exhibits, you can learn a part of Vietnam’s history and know the struggle and fight of Vietnamese soldiers who fought for their independence, peace of the nation, and freedom. War Remnant Museum is an interesting attraction for people of all ages.
28 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
Saturday to Sunday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Also known as Cong Truong Quoc Te, Turtle Lake is located at the interaction of several main streets of the city. Unlike any ordinary lake, here the Turtle Lake is home to many fishes, fountains also some monuments. There is also a tower that resembles a lotus. Despite the name Turtle Lake, it is important to know that there is not a turtle at this lake spot. The history of the lake dates back to the 1960s. The diameter of the lake is just about 100 meters, yet is one of the most surreal spots to visit in the city. You cannot explore all these attractions in just a single day, hence, I would advise you to at least spend 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City where you can dedicate a day or a half to explore District 3.
Eating in District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
Since this post is about indelible experiences in District, hence we cannot just restrict the list to the top attractions, right? So, here is the most amazing thing to do in District 3 – a food tour. If you are confused about what to eat in Saigon and where to eat, then head to District 3 as the region is home to some of the best food stalls and restaurants in the city that serve some delectable delicacies. Here in the region, you can find a street food stall in almost every nook and corner. Cao Thang Street, Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, and Turtle Lake are some of the renowned places where you can find a large bunch of street food stalls in the area.
Some of them are OZ Coffee House, Gac, Hoa, Attic Cafe, CI5 Coffee & Tea, and Casanova Cafe. For Vietnamese food and souvenirs you can head to Ban Co Market, Nguyen Van Troi Market, and Vuon Chuoi Market. These are some popular spots in the District where you can enjoy a wide range of delicious Vietnamese cuisine.
Nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City
The nightlife in District 3 is also one of those experiences which you cannot afford to miss while in Saigon. Here you can expect a lot of street food, chill out 24/7 coffee shops, cozy clubs, and swanky night bars. Cloud 9, Acoustic Bar, Poc Poc Beer Garden, RFC Bar, and May Cafe are some of the popular nightspots in District where you can enjoy a fun time with your friends and family. Another well-known spot to enjoy District 3 nightlife is Nguyen Thuong Hien which is known to offer a wide range of traditional Vietnamese food.
Ho Chi Minh City district map
The different districts in Ho Chi Minh all have a different unique feeling to them from District 1 to District 2 and 3. If you are planning an entire country tour or another city like Hoi an, then I would suggest you at least plan a tour of 10 days in Vietnam so that you will enough get considerable time to explore the best of Saigon, especially the District 3 region. And do not forget to tell us your experience in Vietnam after the tour, we would be keen to know about it.