Ho Chi Minh city district 1 is a commercial, financial, and tourism center of Ho Chi Minh city and is paid much time to travel by tourists. This is also a location of main tourist attractions, the historic sites, museums and a large number of cafes, bars, restaurants and luxury hotels. District 1 was designed by the French architect from French colonial period. This explains why it has boulevards with tall shade trees such as Paris, Marseille. Should- visit destinations in District 1 include Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, National Museum of History, Emperor Pagoda, Al Jamia mosque, Mariamman Hindu temple and the highest building Bitexco.
Notre Dame Cathedral
District 1 Map
Weather Of District 1
District 1 of Ho Chi Minh city has two seasons: the rainy season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. If you come here during the rainy season, you should bring an umbrella or raincoat when going out because Saigon is famous for sudden rain. In addition, Ho Chi Minh city is also a place full of sunshine. It is estimated, it is 270 hours of sunshine a month, the average temperature 27 ° C, maximum up to 40 ° C but not too intense as elsewhere.
Transportation In District 1
Motorcycles are mainly used in District 1, Ho Chi Minh city, and then cars, bikes, buses, and pedicabs. The cheapest public transportation is bus just 5,000VND / route, and then the motorcycle taxi and taxi. Currently, traffic density in Ho Chi Minh city is quite crowded, many roads in district 1 occur traffic jams at rush hours: from 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 5 pm – 6 pm.
Cyclo is a favorite vehicle of tourists
Necessary Phone Numbers:
- District 1 hospital: 08 38202060
- Fire: 114
- Police: 113
- Emergency: 115
Tourist Attractions in District 1
1. Saigon Riverside
The bustling area in Saigon riverside is Ton Duc Thang street. This street has high-class hotels and restaurants where have a nice view to Saigon river on every afternoon. Tourists are able to sit on boat for sightseeing or experiencing a dinner on floating restaurants.
Saigon riverside is a favorite destination of tourists.
2. Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue walking street put officially into operation on 29 April. As schedule, on week days, vehicles are still allowed to run along Nguyen Hue street, but from 6pm to 1am on Saturday and Sunday, all kinds of vehicles are banned to travel here. The old Nguyen Hue Flower Street now becomes a square and the first walking street of Saigon. It just likes Saigon that is changing in every breath and in every moment. However, despite changes, Saigon remains deep impression in the heart of tourists.
Crowded and colorful Nguyen Hue Flower Street
3. Ben Thanh Market
Located in central of Ho Chi Minh city, Ben Thanh market has long been a symbol of Saigon. Over 100 years, this market is not only a purchasing place but also a historic witness of the city’s ups and downs. It is also an economic appearance reflecting the economic development of the biggest commercial city in Vietnam and an invisible string connecting Saigon past and now.
The beauty of Ben Thanh market by night
4. Western Street (a street for foreigners)
Located on the center of district 1, three streets: Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao and De Tham are considered as Saigon Western Streets. If you miss out such these streets on your Saigon trip, it is really regrettable. Coming here, tourists will feel noisy atmosphere of the most crowded tourist street in Vietnam.
5. Independence Palace
Independence Palace also known as Reunification Palace was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
Open time: morning 7:30 am- 11 am; afternoon: 1 pm- 4 pm (daily); address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Nghe ward, district 1. Ticket fee: VND 30,000 for adult; VND 15,000/ student; a group of over 20 people, discount 33%;
6. Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral (also known as the Big Church, Basilica, and Cathedral) in Ho Chi Minh City is magnificent, beautiful, and stable in the center of the city and has always attracted many people. Despite over 124 years of existence, not many people knows what’s about this church’s architecture. Seen from outside, the whole church from the roof to the wall is a red brick color. Features of such these bricks and tiles are to preserve its original color from the date of construction to now and against mildew.
Open time: 8:30 am- 10 am; 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm (Monday- Friday); The cathedral’s address is No. 1 Cong truong Cong xa Paris St., right at the intersection of Pham Ngoc Thach St, Le Duan St and Cong xa Paris St.
Ancient beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral
7. Vietnam National Museum Of History
The Museum of Vietnamese History is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Formerly known as the Musée Blanchard de la Brosse, built by Auguste Delaval in 1926, and The National Museum of Viet Nam in Sai Gon, it received its current name in 1979. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam’s history with exhibits from all periods.
Open time: 8 am- 11:30 am; 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm (Tuesday- Sunday); Ticket fee: VND 2,000/ adult; VND 1,000/ child (Vietnamese nationality); VND 15,000/ person (foreign tourist);
Address: number 2, Nguyen Binh Khiem street, Ben Nghe ward, district 1.
Vietnam National Museum Of History
8. Thu Thiem Bridge
With a prime location cross the winding Saigon river through beautiful downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Thiem Bridge has gradually become the preferred destination of Saigon’s young people today.
After a day of hard work, Thu Thiem Bridge is a great meeting place with numerous cafes. Standing on the bridge, just watch the twinkling city at night, it is really very pleasant. It truly is one of the experiences that travelers should not ignore.
A corner of Thu Thiem Bridge
Eating Places In District 1
1. Hue Beef Noodle Soup
Hue beef noodle soup is one of specialties of Hue and it has long been a popular dish in Saigon. You can easily enjoy this dish at many streets at district 1, Ho Chi Minh city at the price of VND 20,000. Some famous places for this dish: Dong Ba Hue beef noodle soup, 110A Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh ward, district 1.
2. Wonton noodle soup
Wonton noodle soup is not local dish but now it becomes a typical food in Saigon. To Saigon people, the dish is easy to taste and enjoy. However, for Northern people, the dish is quite sweet for the first time. It is available in every street of Saigon at the price of VND 20,000/bowl.
Some famous places to enjoy: Wonton noodle soup on Mac Thi Buoi street, district 1; wonton fish noodle soup on Ton That Dam street, district 1.
3. Southern Pancake
Pancakes are described with golden crust outside, fillings of shrimp, pork, bean sprouts. It has round or semicircle shape. Southern pancakes are made of eggs, fish sauce and vegetables. At some restaurants they add mushrooms into its filling.
Some suggested addresses: 46A Dinh Cong Trang, district 1; An La Ngien 74 Suong Nguyet Anh, Ben Thanh ward, district 1.
Travelling Saigon and enjoying fragrant and hot snail dishes
Snail eateries in Saigon is a common name, but there are also many other types of seafood there. They serve a variety of seafood such as clams, oysters, snails, mussels, crab, squid, shrimp, etc.
Some suggested addresses Oc Dao 2- 132 Nguyen Thai Hoc, district 1; Snail at no.9, 23 Nguyen Van Giai, Da Kao ward, district 1.
Shopping in District 1
1. Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market is considered the biggest wholesale market in Vietnam with all sorts of good, at this place, from affordable price to high cost, especially most selective food. There is no lack of anything, from onions, chilies, bunch of vegetables, fish, all kinds of seasonable fruit to candy, clothing, shoes, bags, electrical appliances, electronics, souvenirs, etc.
2. Saigon Square Shopping Mall
Shops and stalls in Saigon Square are seemingly placed haphazardly around the mall so the best thing to do is just stroll along the aisles looking for something that takes your fancy. Bargaining is expected here and as it is so close to the tourist heart of Ho Chi Minh, prices are initially inflated. If there is something you have your eye on, shop around and enquire about prices as it is fairly easy to find different shops selling similar items. Just consider what you would be willing to pay for an item and bargain accordingly.
Address: Saigon Square 2 – 7-9 Ton Duc Thang, Ben Nghe ward, district 1.
3. Diamond Plaza, Parkson, Vincom, Saigon Centre
These are luxurious trade centers in District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Aside from high- class shopping booths, you can relax at cuisine and entertainment areas in these buildings.
Address: Diamond plaza 34 Le Duan, Parkson, 35 Bis – 45, Le Thanh Ton, district 1; Vincom, 45A, Ly Tu Trong, district 1; district 1; Saigon Centre, 65 Le Loi, Ben Nghe ward, district 1.
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