VietnamHo Chi MinhDistrict 11 in Ho Chi Minh City

District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City

Among many districts making up Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City, District 11 is only second to District 5 in terms of the number of Chinese residing there. The culture of the Chinese community in District 11 plays a big part in the locals’ daily life. Like other districts in the area, there is no sign to welcome you to the little Chinatown. You will know when rising Chinese eateries and signages are on the streets.

Map of District 11’s Attractions:

District 11 Overview

With 41% of the population of Chinese descent here, District 11 is a part of Cho Lon, the Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City. It was first established by combining the southern parts of District 5 and District 6 to form an area of over 5 square kilometers. From District 11, you can easily go to District 5 and District 6 in the south, District 10 in the east, and Tan Binh and Tan Phu District in the north. Located 7 kilometers from the city center, the district is less crowded and bustling than its neighbors, District 5 and District 10.

How to Get to District 11

Because of the distance, the bus and taxi are the two most convenient transportation for tourists to go to District 11. You can spend as little as VND 5,000 to catch a bus (Route 11 or 2) from Ham Nghi Station and get there in about 30 minutes. The taxi should cost you a little more, about VND 120,000, but you will be dropped off and picked up at the address you want if you don’t know your way around.

A note to solo travelers: it is better to go with a local guide when exploring District 11. There are many residential areas in the district with good food, but its maze of numbered streets may be confusing.

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Attractions in District 11

The biggest and most exciting attraction in District 11 is the Dam Sen Amusement Park Complex. It offers various games, attraction rides, mini-scheduled circus performance shows, and activities for families with kids.

Another perfect place to cool down the heat in Ho Chi Minh City is Phu Tho Pool. The pool is located in the Phu Tho Stadium, where many sports classes, such as basketball and martial arts, as well as events and market sessions, are held.

Besides the fun activities, you should come to District 11 to visit Giac Vien Pagoda, an over-a-century-old pagoda that faithfully witnesses the historical and cultural development of the district and the city. Read more on the best temples and pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City.

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Dam Sen ParkVND 100,000/person (games and rides are excluded)3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3Amusement park
Dam Sen Water ParkVND 150,000/adult (above 1.4 meters)
VND 110,000/child (1-1.4 meters)
3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3Amusement park
Phu Tho Stadium – Phu Tho PoolVND 17,000/person215A Ly Thuong Kiet, Ward 15Stadium
Giac Vien PagodaFree161/85/20 Lac Long Quan, Ward 3Religious site
Phung Son PagodaFree1408 3 Thang 2, Ward 2Religious site
Khanh Van Nam Vien PagodaFree46/5 Lo Sieu, Ward 16Religious site
Phu Binh ChurchFree423 Lac Long Quan, Ward 5Religious site

Eating in District 11

District 11 may fall short of attractions to explore compared to District 5 or District 1, but your stomach will be treated to a feast with various foods. If you go to Chinatown, you cannot go without trying the Chinese cuisine there, from mouth-watering-looking dishes like jiaozi (sui cao in Vietnamese) and transparent rice noodles (hu tieu) to a bit unusual ones like nutritious black chicken. Besides that, Vietnamese foods, snails, and coffee shops can be found on streets like Lu Gia, Binh Thoi, Le Dai Hanh, and Lac Long Quan.

Chinese Cuisine

Black chicken – Phan Xich Long Street, Ward 16Jiaozi – Ha Ton Quyen, Ward 4

Bao Dimsum – 297, 299 Le Dai Hanh Street
Vietnamese Cuisine

Broken rice
Com tam Thuan Kieu – 54 Thuan Kieu, Ward 4Vermicelli with shrimp paste
Bun Dau Cau Go – 281 Le Dai Hanh, Ward 11Bun cha Hanoi
Bun Cha Ho Guom – 26 Lu Gia, Ward 15

Street EatsBinh Thoi, Xom Dat, Cong Chua Ngoc Han, and Nguyen Thi Nho (Ward 15) Street

Ca phe vot (net-filtered coffee): 313 Alley Tan Phuoc, Ward 6Coffee Chains
Coffee House, Highland CoffeeGarden Cafe
Mien Thao Moc – 554E Minh Phung, Ward 9
Vuon Da – 3 Hoa Binh, Ward 3
Da Lat Pho – 70 Lu Gia, Ward 15

Shopping in District 11

One of the biggest shopping malls in District 11, Parkson Flemington, closed down this year, but there is still one mall where you can shop for clothes and be entertained in its game center or movie theater. Without the upscale fun, District 11 is still a place you can visit to buy some local foods and beautiful flowers.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Local markets

Wet markets
Thiec Market – Pho Co Dieu, Ward 6
Binh Thoi Market – 152 Lac Long Quan, Ward 10
Phu Tho Market – 124 Lanh Binh Thang, Ward 13

Flower market
Dam Sen Market – 39 Nguyen Van Phu, Ward 5

Produces, clothes, daily necessities, and flowers
Shopping mallLotte Mart Phu Tho – 968 3 Thang 2, Ward 15Clothes, foods, produce, and daily necessities

Co.op Mart Phu Tho – Phu Tho Apartment, Lu Gia, Ward 15

Clothes, foods, produces, and daily necessities

Nightlife in District 11

At night, the streets in District 11 are still crowded but not as jammed as those in the city center. Most eateries open their business in the evening, where people are heading. This is the time for the locals to go out for dinners and shopping. Some may opt for the cheap yet delicious seafood with a refreshing beer. The nightlife in District 11 does not promise any fancy but fun and authentic local lifestyle.

Find accommodations around the District 11 area:

Summary of District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City

As a small outskirt of Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City, District 11 is where many Chinese choose to reside. The district may not be as developed as District 5 and District 10 in terms of economics and facilities, but it reserves most of the culture and lifestyle of the locals. If you want some places to have fun with your families or to crave cheap and delicious foods, a visit to amusement parks and eateries in District 11 will not disappoint you.

Want to know more about other districts in Ho Chi Minh City? Check out our guide Ho Chi Minh City Districts Overview.

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