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District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City

District 3 is one of the most developing districts in Ho Chi Minh City, besides District 1. Visiting District 3, you will be impressed by many office buildings and restaurants, a significant number of religious sites, unique coffee shops, and incredible eating streets.

Map of District 3’s Attractions:

District 3 Overview

turtle lake district 3 ho chi minh

District 3 is located next to District 1, the center of Saigon, with a total area of 4.9 square km. Four districts sharing its borders are Phu Nhuan District, Tan Binh District, District 1, and District 10. There are 14 wards in District 3, ranging from Ward 1 to Ward 14. Having been one of the central districts of Ho Chi Minh City for decades, District 3 used to be an administrative district with several headquarters of the US administration and foreign embassies during the period of the Vietnam War. District 3 has become a commercial district today, playing an essential role in the development of Ho Chi Minh City.

How to Get to District 3

District 3 is within driving distance of Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), which could take around 20 minutes. If you take a taxi at the airport, it would cost about VND 65,000 to VND 85,000. You can also find buses at the airport that could drop you off in specific locations on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Dien Bien Phu, Pasteur, Vo Thi Sau, and Cach Mang Thang 8, District 3.

Attractions in District 3

district 3 ho chi minh attractions
War Remnants Museum in District 3

District 3 is the second most visited district in Ho Chi Minh City after District 1. The district is famous for several religious sites, including local churches, Buddhist pagodas, and a pagoda of a Vietnamese ethnic community named Khmer. Most of them are budget-friendly or free-entrance attractions.

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Xa Loi PagodaFree89B Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Ward 7Religious site
Vinh Nghiem PagodaFree339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 7Religious site
Phap Hoa (Lotus) PagodaFree220A Le Van Sy, Ward 14Religious site
Tan Dinh ChurchFree289 Hai Ba Trung, Ward 8Religious site
Ky Dong ChurchFree38 Ky Dong, Ward 9Religious site
Wat Chantarangsay
FreeHoang Sa, Ward 7, Near Le Van Sy BridgeReligious site
Song Son TempleFreeCorner of 69 Alley Nguyen Thien Thuat and 585 Alley Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 2Religious site
War Remnants MuseumVND 40,00028 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6Museum
Southern Vietnam Women MuseumFree
202 Vo Thi Sau, Ward 7Museum
Secret Weapon Cellar MuseumFree287/70 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 5Museum
Venerable Thich Quang Duc MonumentFree

70-72 Cach Mang Thang 8, Ward 6
Corner of Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Cach Mang Thang 8

Historical attraction
Turtle LakeFreeThe roundabout of Pham Ngoc Thach Street with Tran Cao Van and Vo Van Tan StreetPublic site

Eating in District 3

district 3 ho chi minh snacks

Located next to District 1, District 3 is another option for food lovers with more reasonable prices. This district is widely known for its various coffee shops, ideal places for Saigonese young people to gather together daily.

Street eatsCao Thang Street, Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Turtle Lake
Coffee shops

Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Turtle Lake, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Vo Van Tan Street, Le Van Sy Street

Gac Hoa Attic Café: 92/17 Pham Ngoc Thach, Ward 6
OZ Coffee House: Alley 207 Le Van Sy
Casanova Café: 61C Tu Xuong, Ward 7
Monologues: 93B Vo Van Tan, Ward 6
CI5 Coffee & Tea House: 243 Le Van Sy, Ward 13

Vietnamese foodsBan Co Market, Vuon Chuoi Market, Nguyen Van Troi Market
Vietnamese beer restaurantsHoang Sa Street, Truong Sa Street

Shopping in District 3

Despite not being as famous for luxury shopping malls as District 1, District 3 is a paradise for those who love unique hip clothes and accessories. There are several fashion stores along the streets in District 3 with various brands and prices.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Shopping malls

RomeACenter: 117 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6

Clothes, Accessories
Local Markets

Ban Co Market: 664 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 3

Vuon Chuoi Market: 428 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 4

Nguyen Van Troi Market: 209/32 Le Van Sy, Ward 13

Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Accessories

Vietnamese dried foods

Shopping StreetsLe Van Sy Street, Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ly Chinh Thang Street, Vo Van Tan StreetClothes, Shoes

Nightlife in District 3

District 3 at night is lively, with many Saigonese young people gathering together, enjoying Vietnamese street foods, and chilling out at 24/7 coffee shops, nightclubs, and clubs.

Nguyen Thuong Hien is a well-known eating street due to its specialties, which are a mixture of rice paper (banh trang tron), snails, and shellfish.

Turtle Lake has always been ideal for young locals to gather and enjoy street foods like Vietnamese pizza, mixed rice paper (banh trang tron), and milk tea.

Summary of District 3 in Ho Chi Minh City

district 3 ho chi minh activities

Being one of the downtown districts in Ho Chi Minh City, District 3 has always been a top choice for visitors when traveling to Saigon. It is also a perfect place for many travelers ranging from coffee and architecture lovers to those interested in Vietnamese culture and religions.

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