District 10 travel guides

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For many locals and expats, Thao Dien is seen as a place where people with more money than sense go to lớn live in an overpriced bubble — khổng lồ hide from the real Vietnam. But, in reality, Thao Dien is a thriving community filled with amazing restaurants, boutique shops, nightlife and all the creature comforts of a modern đô thị – when it’s not flooded, of course.

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Thao Dien is bordered on three sides by the Saigon River, và while most of the waterfront property has been swallowed by glitzy developments, there are still places where you can watch as debris floats by in the murky river current. And conveniently enough, some of those places also serve great cocktails. For the best, try The Deck, BoatHouse or Villa Song.


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As the name suggests, the Outcast is on a far-flung stretch of the Nguyen Van Huong loop, hiding next to luxury villas and expensive high-rises. Saigon Outcast has a kind of earthy hipster vibe, filled with graffiti art, industrial decor and a giant rock-climbing wall, which is operated by Push Climbing. They welcome people of all skill levels và have training for newbies. Ladies climb for không tính tiền on Wednesdays, men on Thursdays.
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Buddha Bar is our favorite nightlife spot in Thao Dien. You’ll meet quite the assortment of people at Buddha: grizzled old expats, Vietnamese ex-wives, local professionals, Korean businessmen trying khổng lồ figure out darts, tourists who’ve strayed over from District 1, serious pool players and an ever-changing cast of teachers. If bar games aren’t your thing, Buddha is also a great spot to lớn relax and chat. They serve all your favorite drinks — even craft beer — & their staff are wonderful people. Whenever we’re unsure of where lớn go in District 2, Buddha Bar is our default option.


Go Ice Skating at the Vincom Mega Mall

If you have no idea where Thao Dien even is, look for the giant Vincom Mega Mall on the Hanoi Highway. They have men’s và women’s clothing, trang chủ decor, jewellery và so much more. But, for some real fun, head khổng lồ the đứng đầu floor, & skate on the only ice rink in Ho đưa ra Minh City. Even if you’ve never skated before, the feeling of ice on your bottom is a nice change from the never-ending heat outside.

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It’s never a bad time khổng lồ spoil yourself. There are a lot of spas lớn choose from, but Thao Dien spa làm đẹp has it all. Treat yourself lớn a massage, facial, assorted skin treatments and even some time in their sauna. Life in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị never seems khổng lồ slow down, so book yourself into the spa làm đẹp and escape the madness for a while.
Believe it or not, there’s actually a trampoline park in Thao Dien. They have basketball nets for super dunks, a giant inflatable bag for high flying stunts và enough foam padding khổng lồ keep even the clumsiest people safe. There’s also a high-intensity fitness class for those of you who need some airtime in your workouts. This is a popular spot for birthday parties, but it’s also an interesting place to lớn go on a date.

Visit The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

As soon as you see the exterior of The Factory, you know that whatever is inside has to be interesting. There are upturned shipping containers, murals & a constant stream of hip young Vietnamese posing for photos outside. For the artists in the city, a trek out khổng lồ The Factory is an absolute must if they want khổng lồ maintain their credibility. They’ve featured exhibitions on light, poetry, self and philosophical questions. Keep an eye on their trang web so you don’t miss out.


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