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District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City

To the east of Ho Chi Minh City is another outskirt district, connecting the city with the provinces in the north and east. Learn more about this district – District 9 – in our guide and discover the fun activities you can enjoy here.

District 9 Overview

District 9 was on the outskirts of Thu Duc District in the past, and since January 2021, it has become part of Thu Duc City as part of the Ho Chi Minh City urbanization plan. It was also the area receiving constant attacks from the armies of the US and former Southern Vietnam’s government. After years of destruction from the war, District 9’s economy still hasn’t recovered fully, and it stays a rural area despite its convenient location.

Located east of Ho Chi Minh City, District 9 is the gateway to Bien Hoa, Dong Nai Province, via the Hanoi and Dong Nai River waterways. The district’s authority also plans to take advantage of its vast natural beauty and turn District 9 into a hi-tech cultural and ecological tourism center. In the area of 113.62 square km, about 1.5 times that of District 1, there are 13 wards, over 125,000 households, and many enterprises, universities, and research institutions in Saigon Hi-tech Park.

The arrangement of functions of District 9’s neighbors has made the establishment of this park possible. To the north and east of the district is Dong Nai Province – the industrial area with many factories of all kinds, while its west side is the college town – Thu Duc District, and the south is the new expat town – District 2. Di An Town, Binh Duong Province, another industrial area, is only a 30-minute drive from the hi-tech park. This establishment has brought more investment and business to the district, such as inns and transportation for foreign and local workers.

How to Get to District 9

It is roughly 20 km from District 1 to get to District 9. With such a long distance, the public bus is one of the locals’ common choices to travel there. You can catch bus 19 from Ben Thanh Station to Suoi Tien Theme Park or the Saigon Hi-tech Park. The bus fare costs VND 6,000, but it will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Another option is the taxi, which costs about VND 250,000 – VND 300,000. The motorbike is not recommended as there could be many traffic accidents on the Hanoi Highway, the fastest road to District 9 from the city center.

Take the electric bus D4 to travel to District 9

Attractions in District 9

Historical landmarks

An important landmark of District 9 is Bot Day Thep (Barbed Wire Station). This location was built as a telegram transmission station for the French, but it also had a secret basement for prison people here. Anyone suspected of joining the revolutionary movements would be caught and brought here by the French soldiers. Many Vietnamese died in this station because of the imprisonment and torture.

Religious Temples

District 9 is also the home of many old pagodas and temples from the 18th and 19th centuries, like Phuoc Tuong, Thoi Linh, and Buu Thanh Temple. A newer Buddhist architecture that attracts many visitors for its rare design in Vietnam is the Buu Long Pagoda, built in 1942. This pagoda’s architecture reflects Angkor Wat and Cham’s culture, like those from Thailand with golden conical roofs. It is located inside the Historical and Cultural Park, in an area of over 110,000 square meters.

Buu Long Pagoda

Another religious destination that is famous among the locals is the Tam Linh Viet Temple. This temple is a private construction of a celebrity-comedian in Vietnam, dedicated to the gods and founders of the art. Every year, on the 12th of the eighth month of the Lunar Calendar, at this spiritual place for artists and performers, especially those in Southern Vietnam, there is a big ceremony to pay respect to the gods and to ask for their blessing in one’s artistic career. The temple is also open to visitors every Sunday, the 1st and 15th day of every month in the Lunar Calendar. Besides these places are Catholic churches across the district and the Hung King’s Memorial Temple, where many of Ho Chi Minh’s citizens come to pray at Hung King’s Festivals.

Amusement Parks

District 9 does not lack entertainment areas on its way to development. One of them is Suoi Tien Park, the most well-known man-made park for many years. This park is suitable for family picnics and day trips. Waterparks and recreational areas have cultural themes such as national heroes and mythical creatures. During the Hung King Festival, a ceremony is also held in the park, attracting many local visitors.

Other attractions and activities in District 9

NameEntrance FeeAddressCategory
Bot Day ThepFreeLe Van Viet, Tang Nhon Phu A WardHistorical site
Hung Kings Memorial TempleFree207/2 Xa Lo Ha Noi (Hanoi Highway), Long Binh WardReligious site
Buu Long Pagoda
Free81 Nguyen Xien, Khu Pho Thai Binh 1, Long Binh WardReligious site
Thoi Linh Pagoda
Free191 Long Phuoc, Ap Long Thuan, Long Phuoc WardReligious site
Phuoc Tuong Temple
Free13/32 Tang Long, Tang Nhon Phu A WardReligious site
Tan Hoa Pagoda
Free115 Nam Cao, Tan Phu WardReligious site
Buu Thanh Temple
Free50D Nguyen Duy Trinh, Ap Ong Nhieu, Long Truong WardReligious site
Phuoc Long (Chau Doc 3)Free2 Cu Lao, Long Binh WardReligious site
Tam Linh VietFreeDuong 5, Long Phuoc WardReligious site
Tan Duc Church
FreeDo Xuan Hop, Phuoc Binh WardReligious site
Thanh Cam Church
Free12 Duong 11, Ap Chan Phuc Cam, Long Thanh My WardReligious site
Minh Duc Church
Free10 Duong 154, Ap Cay Dau, Tan Phu WardReligious site
Thanh Tam Church
Free43 Tran Hung Dao, Khu Pho 1, Hiep Phu WardReligious site

Suoi Tien Theme Park

Entrance: VND 120,000/adult
VND 60,000/kid

Waterpark VND 100,000/adult
VND 60,000/kid

120 Xa Lo Ha Noi, Tan Phu WardAmusement park
BCR Complex
(paintball, water sports, kayak, handicraft, etc.)
VND 30,000 – VND 200,000 for activities191 Tam Da, Truong Thanh Residential Area, Truong Thanh WardAmusement park
Long IslandVND 100,000173 Long Thuan, Long Phuoc WardAmusement park
Tam Da Lotus LakeVND 30,000Tam Da, Truong Thanh WardEcological recreation
Tu De Stork GardenVND 100,000 – VND 550,000 for entrance and other services124/31 Nguyen Xien, Long Thanh My WardEcological recreation
Vinhomes Grand ParkFreeNguyen Xien, Long Thanh MyAmusement park, night market

Eating in District 9

Most of District 9’s area is dedicated to the hi-tech park and ecological tourism center, so it is easier to find restaurants in or near these places. You can also go to the streets where many eateries gather, like Le Van Viet, Do Xuan Hop, and Tang Nhon Phu, to look for your favorite local foods.

Vietnamese Cuisine

Broken Rice: Com Tam Phuc Loc Tho – 31-33 Le Van Viet, Hiep Phu Ward

Tapioca Noodle Soup: Banh Canh Ghe – 26 Le Van Viet, Hiep Phu Ward

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup: Bun Bo Hue – 506 Hoang Huu Nam, Long Binh Ward

Fast Foods

Domino’s Pizza – 196 Le Van Viet, Tang Nhon Phu B Ward

KFC – 193 Le Van Viet, Hiep Phu Ward

Coffee Shops

Highlands Coffee – Lo I1-I2a-I2b, Duong D1, Tan Phu Ward

Doc Coffee – 11 Dinh Phong Phu, Tang Nhon Phu B Ward

Shopping in District 9

As a district quite far from the city center, few high-class shopping malls or stores exist. However, visiting District 9 is a perfect chance to experience an authentic Vietnamese lifestyle and scenery.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Shopping MallsVincom Le Van Viet – 50 Le Van Viet, Hiep Phu WardClothing, souvenirs, and accessories
Local Markets

Phuoc Long B Market – 9 Do Xuan Hop, Phuoc Long B Ward

Man Thien Night Market – 228 Man Thien, Tan Phu Ward

Nam Hoa Market – 9 Tay Hoa, Phuoc Long A Ward

Tang Nhon Phu A Market – Le Van Viet, Tang Nhon Phu A Ward

Dried foods, foods, clothing, and accessories

Nightlife in District 9

Most of the parks and recreational areas in District 9 only open from early morning, around 9 AM to 5 PM, and close at night. On the other hand, businesses like the night market, shopping mall, some eateries, and street foods (like those on Le Van Viet and Dinh Phong Phu Street) are active as the sun goes down. The Man Thien Night Market is no less exciting than the one in Thu Duc. You can find many items and foods at a low price, but you may want to consider their quality and safety before buying or consuming. Seeing the bustling market at night in a quiet area like District 9 could be an interesting experience.

Find accommodations around the District 9 area:

A Conclusion of District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City

After significant damage from the war, District 9 is slowly developing yet gradually becoming a center for ecological tourism and high-tech research in Ho Chi Minh City. Without many upscale activities and attractions, the district offers a more rustic and authentic experience of getting close to nature and understanding more about another side of the most dynamic city in Southern Vietnam.

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