District 3 Ho Chi Minh is located in the center of City with an area of 4.92km2 and population of 190,375 people in 2019; the population density is 38,694 people per square kilometer. The east, a part of the north & south of District 3 Ho Chi Minh City are bordered by District 1; the west and another northern part are next to District 10, while the north borders Phu Nhuan District. From the center of District 3 to Tan Son Nhat Airport, it takes about 20minutes by car with a distance of 7.5km.
The administrative units of the district include 12 wards: Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 9, Ward 10, Ward 11, Ward 12, Ward 13, Ward 14 and Ward Vo Thi Sau.
To the fresher who has never experience tourism in District 3, don’t miss the following recommendations of localtraveliea.com:
I - The best places to visit in District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
1 - Con Rua Lake (Turtle Lake)
Turtle lake - Source: Zing
The Turtle lake - the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City was built in 1790. This lake is named as “Turtle” because looking from above, the lake looks like a giant turtle. Coming here, you can easily admire the unique architecture as well as enjoy fresh air, and try hundreds of tasty street food dishes such as fresh juice, fruits, fried corn and mixed rice paper.
Location: The intersection of 3 streets: Pham Ngoc Thach, Tran Cao Van and Vo Van Tan.
2 - War Remnants Museum
This is one of must-see attractions for travelers who are interested in history. The museum was built in 1975 with the original name Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes, then it was renamed as the War Remnants Museum in 1995. This museum in Saigon district 3 has currently preserved more than 20,000 documents, artifacts and movies as well as photos of dire remnants related to the war in Vietnam.
- Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3.
- Opening time: 7:30am – 6pm
- Ticket price: 40,000VND/person (~ $1.72)
3 - Southern Women’s Museum
Being built in 1985, Southern Women’s Museum is the place where artifacts and documents about Vietnamese women are displayed. The museum currently has about 31,360 artifacts, of which are mainly monolithic objects, documentary films and photos. The collections kept in the museum are also diverse such as, the collection Ao Dai of Vietnamese women, the collection Central Highland gongs, the collection Household appliances from time to time or the collection Jewelry of Vietnamese women.
- Address: No.200 – 202 Vo Thi Sau Street, Ward 7, District 3.
- Ticket price: Free of charge
4 - Tan Dinh Church - a special church in District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
Tan Dinh Church - Source: Ins @itsaliimran
Painted with an outstanding pink color, Tan Dinh Church is an attractive stopover, sightseeing and ceremony which attracts a lot of visitors. The church had been built since the 1870s and it was inaugurated in 1876. The church was designed with ancient French architecture with an arched 52.6m high entrance and five bronze bells weighing 5.5 tons. Two Gothic column rows have been used in interior design to create a sense of superficiality and solidity with marble materials.
- Address: No.289 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 8, District 3.
5 - Vinh Nghiem Pagoda
The pagoda was built in 1964 and is considered as one of the holiest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh District 3. It can be said that Vinh Nghiem pagoda has a typical Vietnamese Buddhist architecture style in the 20th century. The pagoda has 3 main parts: the Shanman gate (three-archway gate), the Grand Hall and the surrounding towers.
The massive Shanman gate leads to a typical red-tile curving roof pagoda. Walking through the Shanman gate, you can see a 7-storey and 40m high stupa on the left side. In front of you is a great statue of Bodhisattva of the Avalokiteshvara. The central building of the pagoda consists of 2 floors: 1 ground floor (Ancestor veneration house, lecture hall and library,…) and a floor (terrace, Prostate Temple and Kuanyin Tower) with decorative features which are meticulously carved together with superficial and majestic Buddha statues.
There is also a 14m high stone tower in the campus of this Ho Chi Minh City District 3 pagoda. This is the first stone tower in Vietnam and it is recognized as the tallest and most elaborate one. If you feel tired, you can go to the Temple Abbot area located on the same side next to a pure lotus lake to take a rest.
- Address: No.339 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 7, District 3.
6 - Chantarangsay Pagoda
Built about 70 years ago with typical Khmer architecture, this pagoda has a total area of 4,500m2 with main subdivisions: the lake, Buddha-worshiping tower, and house of monks. Particularly, the whole pagoda is covered with a distinctive golden brown tone in Khmer architecture, the trio of towers are meticulously carved and extremely beautiful. Inside the pagoda are many pictures of Buddha, each of which is a representation of the spiritual process of people. At the corners, on the roofs, walls and columns of the pagoda, there are decorations of God bird Garuda.
- Address: No.164/235 Tran Quoc Thao Street, Ward 7, District 3.
II - Where to eat in District 3 Ho Chi Minh City?
District 3 is also paradise of tasty dishes, here are two famous places to eat:
1 - Nguyen Thuong Hien Street
Nguyen Thuong Hien street - Source: Quynh Danh
Nguyen Thuong Hien Street has been known as a paradise of junk food in Ho Chi Minh City. Having a lot of street stalls and vendors serving snacks such as sweet potatoes, cheese toast, sweet rice flan, beef rolls and spring rolls with the super affordable prices from 10,000 – 50,000VND/ serving (~ $0.43 – 2.15).
2 - Con Rua Lake
Being not only a symbol of the city, Con Rua lake also has plenty of street food with very unique dishes with significant taste of Vietnam such as: stirred corn, mixed rice paper, “tre tron”, pork skin shaking with cheese, quail eggs with tamarind sauce, etc. You can wander around the roundabout at the Con Rua lake and enjoy street food that only costs about 50,000VND/ person (~ $2.15)
III - Where to shop in Ho Chi Minh City District 3?
To shop for souvenirs as well as explore the daily life of local people, the following two interesting markets are highly recommended:
1 - Ban Co Market
This is one of the most popular shopping places for second-hand items lovers in Saigon. The name Ban Co (chess board) came from the structure of the market which is made up of many small alleys connected together, which shapes like a chess board. Not only selling old things, some market stalls also provide new items and a full range of products from bags, clothes, shoes and backpacks originated from all over the world.
- Address: No.646 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 3, District 3.
- Opening hours: 9am - 7pm
2 - Vuon Chuoi Market
As the longest market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vuon Chuoi market offers a full range of items from food, seafood, clothes and shoes. The market in Saigon District 3 is also a culinary paradise with plenty of tasty dishes. Colorful dishes are sold in close stalls. In addition to hot seafood dishes such as snails, clams and crabs, the market also has dishes with bold indigenous flavors such as rice noodles, banh canh,.. and other soft drinks.
The best time to visit the market is in the afternoon (around 3 - 4pm) because in the evening, it is very crowded here and you will have to stand to eat.
- Address: No.428 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 4, District 3.
- Opening hours: 5am – 8pm
IV - Hotels in District 3 Ho Chi Minh City
As mentioned above, District 3 is one of the most ideal places to stay for days because there are many interesting things to do and lots of points of interest to visit. Here are some suggestions of nice and convenient places to stay in District 3.
1 - Ta Mai Son – a 3-star hotel
The hotel is designed in French style combined with cozy Vietnamese style. From this hotel, you can easily travel to other famous sightseeing places such as: Ben Thanh Market (1.5km), Remnants of War Museum (1.4km) and Independence Palace – Dinh Thong Nhat (1.6km). On Tripadvisor, guests who have stayed at Ta Maison left a lot of compliments about the cozy space, full amenities and the friendly attitude of staff.
- Address: No 382/34 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Contact: +84 9888 974 70
- Room rate: 570,000 – 900,000VND/night (~ $24.56 – 38.79)
2 - Orchids Saigon Hotel - a 4-star hotel
Orchids Saigon Hotel - Source: Orchidshotelsaigon
This District 3 Ho Chi Minh City hotel is designed with neoclassical style with full facilities such as: indoor swimming pool, restaurant, café and large check-in lobby. From here, you can also easily reach famous tourist attractions of the city such as: Independence Palace, Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, etc.
- Address: No 192 Pasteur Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Room rate: 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 VND/ night (~ $43 – 86)
3 - Mai House Saigon Hotel – a 5-star hotel
The hotel looks out to the poetic Saigon river and it possesses a classy but cozy luxury design with the main colors of white, beige and nude. The hotel offers guests with a full range of essential amenities such as: private bathing yard, swimming pool, gym, restaurant (European – style breakfast),...You can easily go from the hotel to some attractions such as: Saigon Post Office, Independence Palace and War Remnants Museum.
- Address: No 157 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Contact: +84 287 303 9000
- Rome rate: 3,000,000 – 4,500,000VND/night (~ $129 – 194)
It can be seen that District 3 Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most attractive destinations. It is promised to bring you an interesting experience.