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District 12 in Ho Chi Minh City

When coming to District 12, you can see the contrast between the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and a peaceful area. This area mainly attracts tourists thanks to its outdoor activities, which can be hard to find in other crowded districts.

Map of District 12’s Attractions:

Overview of District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City

Located northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, District 12 shares borders with Hoc Mon, Thu Duc, Tan Binh, Go Vap, Binh Thanh, and Binh Tan District. This area of 53 square kilometers, with 395,790 residents, concentrates on software development as an economic incentive system to gear up the growth of the software industry in Vietnam.

How to Get to District 12

District 12 is approximately 15 km northwest of the city center. To reach it by bus, you can catch Route 18 or 36, which costs VND 7,000 from Ben Thanh Station to Thoi An Station. A taxi is another option, and it would cost about VND 200,000 – 250,000.

Attractions in District 12

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Ben Xua Tourist AreaFree entrance, different charge for services like restaurant39A Ha Huy Giap, Thanh Loc WardEco-tourism attraction
Tam Nong FarmVND 50,000/personTo 33 (Group 33), Khu Pho 2, Thanh Xuan WardEco-tourism attraction
Tri Rau Fishing AreaVND 50,000 – 70,000/person/3 hours2647 – 2712/2B Vuon Lai, An Phu Dong WardRecreational site
Tri Long Paintball AreaVND 200,000/person
(including the clothes and bullet rental fees for 2 matches)
15 Hiep Thanh 2, Khu Pho 6, Hiep Thanh WardRecreational site
The Kite Flying FieldFreeThe intersection of Quoc Lo 1 (Highway 1) and Quoc Lo 22, near An Suong ApartmentRecreational site
Khanh An MonasteryFree1055/3D Quoc Lo 1A, An Phu Dong WardReligious site
Cay Queo PagodaFreeKhu Pho 2, Trung My Tay WardReligious site
Thien Van PagodaFree1/135 Nguyen Van Qua, Dong Hung Thuan Ward Religious site
Vuon Cau Do MonumentFree12, Thanh Xuan 52, Thanh Xuan WardHistorical site

Eating in District 12

Besides recreational or eco-tourism sites, District 12 is also known for its cuisine. You could be treated to a feast with various foods listed below.

Vietnamese Cuisines


Quynh Restaurant – 106/6 Tan Thoi Hiep 22, Tan Thoi Hiep Ward, District 12
Lau Ga Da Restaurant – 58A/15 Tan Chanh Hiep 02, Tan Chanh Hiep Ward
Lau De Duc Thang Restaurant – 471 Tan Thoi Hiep 21, Tan Thoi Hiep Ward
Lau De Duc Duong 2 Restaurant – 837 Nguyen Anh Thu, Tan Chanh Hiep Ward

Vermicelli soup

Ba Mi Restaurant – 81 Phan Van Hon, Tan Thoi Nhat Ward
Bun Cha Dam Trang Restaurant – 27 Tan Chanh Hiep 10, Tan Chanh Hiep Ward


Cay Me 361 Restaurant – 361 Nguyen Anh Thu, Hiep Thanh Ward, District 12

Crocodile meat

Hoa Ca Crocodile Restaurant – 464 Ha Huy Giap, Thanh Loc Ward

Family Meals

Vuon Cau – Ben Xua Restaurant – 39A Ha Huy Giap, Thanh Loc Ward
Vuon Que Restaurant – B463 Nguyen Van Qua, Dong Hung Thuan Ward

Street Foods

Lac Quang Market – Truong Chinh, Tan Thoi Nhat, District 12
Tan Chanh Hiep Market – To Ky, Tan Chanh Hiep
Thoi An Market – 1 Le Van Khuong, Tan Thoi An

Snacks and Drinks

Coc 8888 Eating House – 41/4/2 Tan Thoi Nhat, Tan Thoi Nhat Ward, District 12Ann’s House Eating House – 225 Alley, Truong Chinh, Khu Pho 2, Tan Thoi Nhat WardSky 17 cafe – 27 Truong Chinh, Tan Thoi Nhat Ward Ben Ben Eating House – A32 To Ky, Khu Pho 2, Dong Hung Thuan Ward

Shopping in District 12

Although there are not many shopping malls in District 12, the local wet markets are still diverse and sufficient.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Local Market

Lac Quang Market – Truong Chinh, Tan Thoi Nhat Ward

Tan Chanh Hiep Market – To Ky, Tan Chanh Hiep Ward

Thoi An Market – Le Van Khuong, Tan Thoi An Ward

Trung My Tay Night Market – 479 Trung My Tay 13 Street, Trung My Tay Ward

Raw meat and processed foods, dried foods, fruits, and drinks

Clothes, jewelry, and shoes


Co. Opmart Hiep Thanh – 276 Nguyen Anh Thu, Hiep Thanh Ward

Co. Opmart Nguyen Anh Thu – 167/2 Nguyen Anh Thu, Trung My Tay Ward

Metro Hiep Phu – Tan Thoi Hiep, Tan Thoi Hiep Ward

Foods, clothes and daily necessities

Nightlife in District 12

Most of District 12’s residents like shopping at night when the weather cools down; therefore, the area can get bustling, especially at Trung My Tay Night Market. Despite being an open market, the public order of this famous market is well maintained. If you like a quiet space to enjoy the panoramic view of the city at night, a rooftop café is a great choice.

Check out more fun things to do in Ho Chi Minh City:

Summary of District 12 in Ho Chi Minh City

District 12 is the place to be if you prefer recreational or eco-tourism sites. Though seemingly less developed than other central areas, it is a hidden gem where you can be fully submerged in the local culture.

For more information on other city districts, refer to our guide on Ho Chi Minh City districts overview.

Find accommodations around the District 12 area:

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