Binh Thanh is one of the oldest and most fascinating districts in Ho Chi Minh City. The neighbourhood dates back to the 19th century and is filled with beautiful historic architecture and narrow alleyways. While Binh Thanh has a laid-back and local feel, it’s got plenty of Western appeal and boasts some of the trendiest cafes and bars in the city.
Things to do in Binh Thanh
Getting lost in the winding alleyways of Binh Thanh is one of the best ways to experience the neighbourhood. As you explore the maze-like district you’ll come across colourful shops, hidden cafes and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Much of the action is centred around Pham Viet Chanh Street, a lively thoroughfare lined with trendy bars and restaurants. Enjoy buttery croissants at French-owned bakeries and sip artisan coffee at hip cafes. In Japantown, you’ll be tempted by sushi, tempura and sake.
In addition to Western food, Binh Thanh features plenty of restaurants serving local cuisine, including Vietnamese pho, BBQ pork and spring rolls. Phan Văn Hân is lined with street food carts where you can sample crispy “bot chien” fried rice flour cakes and “bahn mi” baguettes stuffed with tofu and pickled vegetables. Thi Nghe Market is geared towards locals and sells fish, fruit and spices.
Binh Thanh is surrounded by picturesque canals. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterways and stop for refreshments at a canal-side bar. Tree-filled Van Thanh Park is another fantastic place to relax. Enjoy a walk along the shady trails and cool off in the public pool.
Getting around Binh Thanh
Binh Thanh is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Tuk-tuks are a fast and affordable way to explore the neighbourhood while the district is a 20-minute taxi or scooter ride from the city centre. Tan Son Nhat International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.