VietnamHo Chi MinhThu Duc District (now Thu Duc City) in Ho Chi Minh City

Thu Duc District (now Thu Duc City) in Ho Chi Minh City

Thu Duc District is a gateway situated northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The district is mostly known for its college town, which is often associated with a dynamic area of universities and an ideal environment for students. There are many special things about this suburban district, making it a new developmental growth of the city.

Map of Thu Duc District’s Attractions:

Thu Duc City Overview

From January 2021, Thu Duc District has become part of Thu Duc City, along with Districts 2 and 9.

Thu Duc used to be the name of an extramural town of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), but it was divided into District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc District in 1997. According to the latest statistics, it covers an area of about 47.76 square kilometers, and the population is approximately 250,000. At the moment, there are 12 wards in the district, namely Linh Dong, Linh Tay, Linh Chieu, Linh Trung, Linh Xuan, Tam Phu, Hiep Binh Phuoc, Hiep Binh Chanh, Tam Binh, Binh Tho, Binh Chieu and Truong Tho.

Regarding the geographical feature, Thu Duc District shares its border with District 12, District 9, District 2, Binh Thanh District, and Di An District, Thuan An District of Binh Duong Province. Its waterway is also developing as the two big rivers, the Saigon River and Dong Nai River, running along half of its border length.

How to Get to Thu Duc District

Thu Duc District is about 15 kilometers from the center of District 1, and there are many bus routes connecting them, most of which will take you to the schools in the college town. Routes 19, 30, and 52 are the most popular routes taking you from Ben Thanh Market or other bus stations in District 1, like An Suong Station, the station near Notre Dame Cathedral, and the station at Le Van Tam Park.

A new means of transportation, the Bach Dang River bus, running along the Saigon River, could be a choice when you want to take the boat to see Ho Chi Minh City.

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Attractions in Thu Duc District

Thu Duc District is not packed with high-end malls or many modern attractions, but you can find it a quiet, natural, and cozy place to hang around. There are many famous pagodas that you should pay a visit and some cool places to get exposed to nature.

NameEntrance feeAddressCategory
Van Duc PagodaFree502 To Ngoc Van, Tam Phu WardReligious site
One-pillar PagodaFree100 Dang Van Bi, Binh Tho WardReligious site
Stone LakeFreeThe area of Vietnam National University, Linh Trung WardNatural lake
Thu Duc CathedralFree51 Vo Van Ngan, Linh Chieu WardReligious site
Hue Nghiem PagodaFree204 Dang Van Bi, Binh Tho WardReligious site

Eating in Thu Duc District

There are some local markets to buy produces at low prices and discover the local’s cuisine there. Also, restaurants offering seafood, from affordable to expensive dishes, are available.

Street EatsBinh Phuoc Market, Binh Trieu Market, Linh Xuan Market, Thu Duc Market, Linh Trung Market, Farming Market

Giang Ghe 2 Seafood Market – 40 Dang Van Bi, Binh Tho Ward


Coffee House – 114 Vo Van Ngan, Binh Tho Ward

Coffee House – 201 Dang Van Bi, Binh Tho Ward

Green Garden Coffee – 439 Kha Van Can, Hiep Binh Chanh Ward

Suoi Reo Coffee – 5B Hoa Binh, Binh Tho Ward

Shopping in Thu Duc District

Besides the local markets, the Vincom shopping mall is a highlight of Thu Duc District for its convenience.

CategoryAddressWhat to Buy
Shopping Malls

Vincom – 216 Vo Van Ngan, Binh Tho Ward

Giga Mall – 242 Pham Van Dong, Hiep Binh Chanh Ward

Food, drinks, clothes, and cosmetics
Local Markets

Binh Phuoc Market – Quoc Lo 13, Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward

Binh Trieu Market – Quoc Lo 13, Hiep Binh Chanh Ward

Linh Xuan Market – Quoc Lo 1K, Linh Xuan Ward

Thu Duc Market – Vo Van Ngan, Linh Tay Ward

Linh Trung Night Market – Linh Trung, Linh Trung Ward

Farming Market – Quoc Lo 1A, Tam Binh Ward

Food, drink, clothes, cosmetics, fruit, and garment

Nightlife in Thu Duc District

It is ideal to have a walk or come to a cafe to enjoy the night in Thu Duc District because the cool atmosphere will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Besides, many people choose the Vincom Mall for window shopping, playing games, or eating. The center of Thu Duc District, Binh Tho Ward, is dynamic and beautiful at night with the lights of small and big restaurants, shops, and many people. The night markets like the one in Agriculture and Forestry University in Linh Trung Ward, which are shopping paradise for locals and students, will bring you a new breath. You can taste different kinds of Vietnamese snacks and purchase things at reasonable prices there.

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Summary on Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City

As a newer city of Ho Chi Minh City, the district is gaining its full potential and is on the way to better development. The local markets, pagodas, eating places, and universities have brought a memorable and exciting feel. You will fall in love with the natural beauty and excellent scenery of places here.

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