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District 1 is Ho Chi Minch City’s downtown where you often see a lot of office buildings, luxury hotels, và fancy restaurants, along with many most visited attractions where you can learn about the lifestyle, culture, and history of the thành phố. When night comes, it is also the time the district is most lively & crowded with people, especially the youth.

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Map of District 1"s Attractions:

District 1 Overview


View of the iconic Bitexco Tower in District 1

District 1 is at the heart of Ho Chi Minch City with a total area of 7.7 square km. The 5 districts sharing its borders are Binh Tkhô cứng District & District 3, District 2, District 5, và District 4. There are 10 wards in District 1, including Tan Dinch, Da Kao, Ben Nghe, Ben Thanh, Nguyen Thai Binc, Pham Ngu Lao, Cau Ong Lanh, Co Giang, Nguyen Cu Trinch, và Cau Kho. Even though District 1 is not the largest district in Ho Chi Minch City, it is the busiest with trading và entertainment activities occur days & nights.

How to Get lớn District 1

District 1 is 8 km from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), so it would take about 30 minutes khổng lồ drive there. If you use the taxis at the airport, it would cost about VND 100,000 - 150,000. You can also find the bus at the airport that will drop you off in District 1 at Notre Dame Cathedral, Municipal Theatre, Ben Thanh Market, and some hotels or streets in the district. For more details, read How lớn take shuttle buses from Tan Son Nhat International Airport lớn Saigon (Ho Chi Minc City) Center.

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Attractions in District 1

In District 1, there are many famous Saigon attractions, most of which are from the 19th century. If you are a budget traveler, you can find many không tính tiền entrance fee sites in the district as well.


Saigon Central Post Office in District 1

Name Entrance fee Address Category
Saigon Central Post Office Free 2 Cong Xa Paris Historical attraction
Independence Palace

VND 40,000

VND 20,000(groups of more than đôi mươi people)

There might be extra fees for exhibitions at the palace

135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Historical attraction
Notre Dame Cathedral Free 1 Cong Xa Paris Religious site
Huyen Sy Cathedral Free 1 Ton That Tung Religious site
Jade Emperor Pagoda Free 73 Mai Thi Luu Religious site
Mosque Musulman Free 66 Dong Du Religious site
Tran Hung Dao Memorial Temple Free 36 Vo Thi Sau Religious site
Mariamman Hindu Temple Free 45 Truong Dinh Religious site
Ho Chi Minc City Museum of Fine Art VND 30,000 97 Pho Duc Chinh Museum
Vietphái nam History Museum VND 30,000 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Museum
Museum of Ho Chi Minc City/Gia Long Palace VND 30,000 65 Ly Tu Trong Museum
Municipal Theatre Free 7 Cong Truong Lam Son Opera House
Municipal Hall Free 86 Le Tkhô nóng Ton Historical attraction
Nguyen Hue Walking Street Free From Le Thanh Ton & Ton Duc Thang Street Public site
Nguyen Van Binch Book Street Free FromCong Xa Paris và Hai Ba Trung Street Public site
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden VND 50,000 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Zoo, garden
30/4 Park Free In the bloông xã ofNam Ky Khoi Nghia, Han Thuyen, Pmê say Ngoc Thach, andAlexandre de Rhodes Street Public park
23/9 Park Free In the blochồng ofTran Hung Dao, Le Lai, và Nguyen Thi Nghia Street Public park
Bach Tung Diep Park Free

In the corner ofNam Ky Khoi Nghia và Ly Tu Trong Street

Public park

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Foods & Drinks in District 1

If you love sầu local foods, you are in for luchồng. District 1 has a little bit of everything from traditional dishes lớn cuisines of countries all over the world. It is also where you can find fancy restaurants as well as mid-range eateries & street food stalls.

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Category Location
Street eats Ben Thanh Street Food Market, Nguyen Van Chiem Street, Bach Tung Diep Park
Cafe & restaurants Dong Khoi, Le Tkhô giòn Ton, Le Loi, & Hai Ba Trung Street
Vietnamese foods Co Giang, Nguyen Thi Đường Minh Khai, Tran Hung Dao, and Nguyen Trai Street
Beer clubs and bars Backpacker Districts (Do Quang Dau, Bui Vien, De Tđê mê and Pđắm say Ngu Lao Street)
Eateries in old apartments 26 Ly Tu Trong, 42 Nguyen Hue, 14 Ton That Dam, 95 Pasteur, 42 Ton That Thiep

International:Starbucks, KFC, Lotte, McDonald, and Coffee Beans

Local: Trung Nguyen, Highlands, và Phuc Long

Shopping in District 1


Ben Tkhô cứng Market - the most prominent shopping site for tourists

The downtown of Ho Chi Minc City is also a shopping paradise with grand shopping malls, stylish shops, and bustling local markets.

Category Address What khổng lồ Buy
Shopping malls

Diamond -34 Le Duan

Vincom -72 Le Tkhô cứng Ton

Takashimaya - 92-94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia

Parkson - 35-45 Le Thanh Ton

Clothes, accessories, cosmetics

Coffee and tea

Local markets

Ben Thanh khô Market - Quach Thi Trang Roundabout, Le Loi Street

Sense Market - Basement of 23-9 Park, 4 Psi Ngu Lao

Clothes, accessories, cosmetics

Conical hats

Ao dẻo garment

Dried foods

Coffee và tea

Old apartments

26 Ly Tu Trong

42 Nguyen Hue

42 Ton That Thiep

60 Nguyen Trai

Clothes, accessories,cosmetics

Nightlife in District 1

District 1 is the most lively & vibrant at night. The lights go on, and people hang out after a long day of work or study.


Nguyen Hue Boulevard


The street becomes dazzling when the night comes


A rooftop bar in District 1


The most fun one can have at night in District 1 is at Bui Vien Street


District 1"s night scene

Summary of District 1 in Ho Chi Minc City

As one of the central districts và downtown of Ho Chi Minch City, District 1 is always the top choice for visitors when traveling khổng lồ Ho Chi Minc City. The elegant beauty of daytime and exciting vibe at night will please any one’s need with its diverse activities and attractions reflecting Vietnamese culture, history, and lifestyle.

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