The busy and bustling center of Ho Chi Minh City is known as District 1. District 1 is the main commercial hub of Saigon and is where you will find bustling markets, expensive 5* hotels and an unlimited supply of restaurants and coffee shops. If you decide to make District 1 your home, ensure that you check the neighborhood out both in the day time and at nighttime as the city can get very noisy.
What to do in District 1
Ho Chi Minh City centre is where you will find the majority of Saigon’s main landmarks and tourist attractions.
The popular ones include; Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Saigon Post Office and The Zoo. Ben Thanh Market is a very popular market selling everything from tailor made suits, coffee and tea, counterfeit clothing to fresh seafood.
If you need to stay cool in the hot and humid weather then take a stroll around one of the many luxury shopping malls that are dotted around the city. Western goods such as clothes and technology are a lot higher than in most countries but there are still bargains to found. You can also catch a movie at one of many cinemas found in the malls.
Food and Drink
You will find a vast selection of international and Vietnamese restaurants in District 1, however the highlight of this area is the varied street food scene.
Every street and alley has its own selection of street-side eateries, offering fantastic and cheap food in an open air environment. Eating on the of the street is very informal but provides a fun experience; specially at night when the streets come alive with local families and friends enjoying the different culinary delights.
For some lesser well-known street food options you can visit our article 10 most underrated street foods in Saigon.
The shopping scene in Ho Chi Minh offers much more than just luxury shopping complexes. The experience of shopping in Saigon is incredible and a fun experience can be had bartering with the locals. The main markets in HCMC for expats and tourists are Ben Thanh Market and An Dong Market, those looking for old or counterfeit war memorabilia should head down to Yersin Market.
Being the center of Ho Chi Minh City, there are a number of reputable and international medical providers nearby. Family Medical Practice, located at the Diamond Plaza shopping mall, Columbia Asia, FV Saigon Clinic to name just a few. You can view our Medical Providers map for further information here
Chợ Rẫy hospital is a local Vietnamese hospital that is popular with locals and expats, they have their own ward dedicated to dealing with expats and tourists.