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District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City

Chinatown is always fascinating to travelers with its cuisine and its colorful lights at night. District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City, a part of Chinatown, won’t disappoint you with a lot of delicious foods and shopping centers.

Map of District 5’s Attractions:

District 5 Overview

District 5 has been part of Cho Lon or Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City since Chinese immigrants moved and settled in Saigon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City). The Cho Lon area includes District 5, District 6, and parts of District 10 and District 11. Most Chinese ethnics in Ho Chi Minh City still live, influence, and enrich the community’s culture.

District 5 was officially established in 1976, one year after the Vietnam Reunification. The district has been divided into 15 wards since 1986 until now, and shares borders with others like District 1, District 6, District 8, District 10, and District 11.

District 5 is known as a busy commercial and trading area of Ho Chi Minh City because most of the main roads connecting the north and south, as well as the east and west of the city, pass through it. Most wholesalers are located in District 5 and distribute goods to other markets across the city. Besides the trading centers and local markets, many legal, financial, tourist, and medical services are also gathered here.

How to Get to District 5

If you want to go to District 5 straight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you can take the bus route 119 (65 minutes, VND 20,000, stops at Mien Tay (Western) Station) and route 159 (65 minutes, VND 10,000, stops at An Suong Station). You can shorten the travel time by taxi to 30 minutes, but they will cost you about 150,000 VND.

If you are in District 1, it will take 15-20 minutes to District 5. You can grab a taxi or opt for a motorbike to make more stops and visit more places in District 5.

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Attractions in District 5

In District 5, there are many cultural sites that allow you to understand more about Chinese daily life in Vietnam and how Chinese culture mixed, influenced, and adapted to Vietnamese beliefs.

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Nhi Phu TempleFree264 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Ward 14Religious site
Thien Hau TempleFree710 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11Religious site
Quan De TempleFree676 – 678 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11Religious site
Le Chau Assembly HallFree586 Tran Hung Dao B, Ward 14Religious site
Quan Am PagodaFree12 Lao Tu, Ward 11Religious site
Jeanne d’Arc Church (Nga Sau Church)Free116A Hung Vuong Street, Ward 9Religious site
Cha Tam ChurchFree25 Hoc Lac, Ward 14Religious site
Cho Quan ChurchFree120 Tran Binh Trong, Ward 2Religious site
Cholon Jamail MosqueFree641 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11Religious site
Caodaism Saigon Worship PlaceFree891 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 1Religious site
Pétrus Ký Mausoleum and Memorial HouseFree118 Tran Binh Trong, Ward 2Historical attraction
Memorial House of Ho Chi Minh Free5 Chau Van Liem, Ward 14Historical attraction
Hao Sy Phuong AlleyFree206 Tran Hung Dao B, Ward 10Architecture
Van Lang Public ParksFreeCorner of Hung Vuong and An Duong Vuong StreetPark
Dai The Gioi WaterparkVND 85,000/adult over 1.4 meter
VND 65,000/child under 1.4 meter
Free for child under 0.8 meter
1106 Vo Van Kiet, Ward 6Park

Eating in District 5

When coming to District 5, you will find in many streets offering a variety of foods from different countries and in different kinds of eateries. Here are some options for street foods, Vietnamese foods, and of course delicious Chinese cuisine.

Street Foods

Den 5 Ngon (5 Lights) at the intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Phung Hung

Nguyen Kim Street

Chinese Cuisine

Hu tieu Sa te Quang Ky (Rice noodle)
117 Trieu Quang Phuc, Ward 11

Hong Kong Street Foods Le Gia
623 – 625 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11

Minh Ky Dimsum
76 Nguyen Thoi Trung, Ward 6

Mi Vit Tiem Hai Ky (Duck Noodle Soup)
349 -351 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7

Vietnamese cuisine

Chay Bep Xanh An Duyen
10 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 6

Com Tam An Duong Vuong (Broken rice)
500-502 An Duong Vuong, Ward 4

Pho Le (Pho)
413 – 415 Nguyen Trai, Ward 7

Banh canh cua 14 (Crab noodle soup)
23A Tran Binh Trong, Ward 12

Bun cha Ho Guom (Northern style of vermicelli with BBQ)
6 Tran Phu, Ward 4

Shopping in District 5

Even though there are not many glamorous shopping centers like those in District 1, most of these trading centers are for wholesales, reflecting the local style and always busy.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Shopping Centers

Hung Vuong Plaza
126 Hung Vuong, Ward 12

The Garden Mall (formerly known as Thuan Kieu Plaza)
190 Hong Bang, Ward 12

An Dong Plaza
18 An Duong Vuong, Ward 9

Clothing and Accessories

An Dong Market
34 An Duong Vuong, Ward 9

Hoa Binh Market
37 Bach Van, Ward 5

Xa Tay Market
36 Nguyen Trai, Ward 11

Clothing, Accessories, Dried Foods, and Textiles
Trading Centers

Dong Khanh Trade Center
465 – 473 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 14

Dai Quang Minh Trade Center
35 Chau Van Liem, Ward 14

Textiles and Materials for sewing
StreetNguyen Trai StreetClothing

Nightlife in District 5

When night falls, the street food stalls get crowded with locals, especially young people. District 5 attracts many people because of the diverse options for cuisine, eateries, and price. Snails, BBQs, and sweet soups are among the most popular with the locals.

People also go to the malls in District 5, such as Parkson Hung Vuong and Garden Mall, to shop, window shop, watch movies, or play in the games centers.

Find accommodation around the District 5 area:

Summary of District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City

If you love Chinatown, District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City is the place you should visit. It has many old Chinese temples and delicious Chinese dishes. However, there is no clear distinction between the district and the rest of the city. See for yourself how the Chinese ethnics have blended in with the Vietnamese lifestyle over the past 300 years since its first establishment in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).

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