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District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City – the Expat’s Hub

To locals, District 1 and District 7 are for fancy entertainment and activities, while areas like District 2 used to have little to do. However, things are changing, and many locals and foreign nationals are moving to the district looking for luxurious foods and entertainment.

Map of District 2’s Attractions:

District 2 Overview

From January 2021, District 2 will be part of Thu Duc City, located northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Since 1998, the area has been under urbanization to become a new financial center in 2020. District 2 shares borders with Districts 1, 4, 7, 9, Binh Thanh, and Thu Duc District. It also meets with Dong Nai Province in the south.

Although many projects are still under construction, many find the place fascinating because District 2 aims for modernization and westernization.

When you first come to District 2 you will be surprised by how fast-developing this place is. It is a decent place to enjoy your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, have some fun, and even a settle-down place for expats in Ho Chi Minh City. That’s why District 2, besides District 1 and District 7, is well known to expats. And because the area is large, all places for entertainment and attractions are not in one spot but all spread out. With many bars, luxurious villas, and malls, it could be ideal for anyone who loves peace and stillness but wants to have some fun.

How to Get to District 2

The distance between District 2 and Tan Son Nhat International Airport is around 16 kilometers, so we suggest taking a cab for convenience and safety on the long road. You should also know where your stop is before coming to District 2 because the distance between places can be quite far apart.

Attractions in District 2

District 2 is where the arts and modernization come alive. It waltzes you to a peaceful and civilized world, but traditional values remain the center of everything.

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Thu Thiem ParkFreeAbove Thu Thiem Tunnel connecting District 1 and District 2Park
Diamond IslandFreeNumber 9 Street, Binh Trung Tay WardIslet
Family GardenFree for adult
VND 80,000/child
28 Thao Dien, Thao Dien WardEcotourism destination
Minh Dang Quang PagodaFree505 Xa Lo Ha Noi, An Phu WardReligious site
Dieu Giac PagodaFree177 Tran Nao, Binh An WardReligious site
Hue Nghiem PagodaFree299B Luong Dinh Cua, An Phu WardReligious site
Thien Tinh PagodaFree17 Bac Nam, An Phu WardReligious site
The Factory Contemporary Arts CentreVND 35,00015 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien WardMuseum

Eating in District 2

From fine dining to street food, District 2 has the essence of Vietnamese cuisine, and these locations around the world will satisfy anyone.

BistroKokois Bistro: 24 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward
Villa Song Saigon: 197/2 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward
Spice Bistro: 32 11 street, Thao Dien Ward
Palm Bistro: 36 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward
Street EatsThu Thiem Park – above Thu Thiem Tunnels (evening hours)
Cafe ShopsKokois Bistro Cafe & Store: 24 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward
LaMay Cafe: 280A1 Luong Dinh Cua, An Phu Ward
The Snap Cafe: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward
Ciao Cafe: 167 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward
Chez Nous Coffee and Waffle: 120 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward
Villa Royale Antique and Tea Room: 3 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward
Dolphy Cafe: 31 Thao Dien, Thao Dien Ward
Fine Dining RestaurantsLa Villa French Restaurant: 14 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien Ward
La Bettola: 82 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward
La Plancha: 25 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien Ward
MAD House: 6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward
The Deck Saigon, 38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward

Shopping in District 2

Alongside a luxury lifestyle, there are many malls and stores in District 2 selling very artistic souvenirs. You should visit local markets to experience another side, the traditional aspect, of this district.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
StoresLang Art (Art Village): 38 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward
Inpages: 4 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien Ward
Sadec: 63 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward
Art crafts
Shopping MallsVincom Mega Mall: 159 Xa Lo Ha Noi, Thao Dien Ward
Parkson Cantavil: 1 Song Hanh, An Phu Ward
Estella Place: 22 Song Hanh, An Phu Ward
Clothes, Accessories
Local MarketsThao Dien Market: Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward
Binh Khanh Market: 9B Luong Dinh Cua, Binh Khanh Ward
Clothes, Accessories, Dried Foods, and Fruits

Find hotels around the District 2 area:

Nightlife in District 2

The best thing about visiting District 2 is its nightlife, which is quite different from District 1 or any other. At a place like Saigon Outcast (188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward), you can find good food, exciting fairs, and places for networking and enjoying creative modern arts, with music and dancing. However, everything is decent, with no loud music or impolite actions.

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

Summary of District 2 in Ho Chi Minh City

Because of its modernization and exciting attractions, many expats favor District 2 as a place to enjoy a fun lifestyle, work, or even settle and live in Ho Chi Minh City. Visit District 2 to see another side of Ho Chi Minh City.

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