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CholonVietnam

A hiding place for Chinese minorities during the 18th and 19th centuries, Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown is now a thriving hub of markets and pretty temples.

Hunt for bargains and purchase traditional Chinese food at the crowded covered markets of Cholon. Relax in hidden cafés and restaurants and explore the area’s colorful temples and stylish Chinese architecture.

Constructed in the late 1700s, Cholon was once a separate entity to the city of Saigon to the north. As Saigon grew, Cholon gradually became incorporated into its boundaries and is now Ho Chi Minh City’s largest Chinatown. Look for relics of the area’s illicit past. During the war, some American soldiers used Cholon as a black market to buy and sell military supplies.

Cholon literally translates as “big market.” Its main retail hub is undoubtedly An Dong Market. Look for this building near the intersection of Tran Phu and An Duong Vuong Streets. Spread across its four floors, vendors sell designer clothing and shoes as well as electronic goods and home appliances. If you are feeling hungry, start at the ground floor to find an extensive range of food outlets. Try banh bao, a type of Chinese dumpling, or banh cuon, a spongy spring roll that is usually served with bread and meat.

Once you have eaten, make your way to Binh Tay Market, which stretches between Thap Muoi and Phan Van Khoe Streets. Here local people come to get cooking ingredients such as rice, meat and vegetables. You will also find tables packed with handmade clothes and jewelry.

Leave the crowds behind and immerse yourself in local culture at Cholon’s colorful temples. Thien Hau and Quan Am Temple are both a short stroll from the markets and feature exquisite flowing roofs, hanging lanterns and golden Buddha statues. Red decorations show the Chinese influence on these structures.

Cholon makes up the District Five area of the city on the banks of the Saigon River. Use public buses which run here from the city center. It is also possible to visit as part of a guided tour.

Top hotels in Cholon

Harmony  Hotel & Apartment
Harmony Hotel & Apartment
2/18 Vo Truong Toan, An Phu, Ho Chi Minh City
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Located in District 5, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Binh Tay Market, An Dong Market and Dam Sen Water Park. Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area is 3.1 ...

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Sao Mai Hotel
Sao Mai Hotel
2.5 out of 5
896 Nguyen Trai, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
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Located in District 5, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda and within 3 miles (5 km) of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and An Dong Market. ...

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"When the first time I saw the staff at the hotel I ask him to looking for my name on their file that I have book for 3 months and he said that He could not found it then after 30 minutes I bring my receipt out then he said yes I have a room for you but you have to wait for set up the room about 30 ..."…"

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Truong Giang Hotel
Truong Giang Hotel
2 out of 5
55 Trieu Quang Phuc P10 Q5, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$23 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
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Located in Chinatown, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cholon Mosque and An Dong Market. Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Dam Sen Water Park are also ...

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Holiday Rentals in Cholon

Harmony  Hotel & Apartment
Harmony Hotel & Apartment
2/18 Vo Truong Toan, An Phu, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in District 5, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Binh Tay Market, An Dong Market and Dam Sen Water Park. Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area is 3.1 ...

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Cozoro 1 ❤️LUXURY apartment 2BR in central of China Town with free Pool & Gym ❤️
Cozoro 1 ❤️LUXURY apartment 2BR in central of China Town with free Pool & Gym ❤️
50 Phan V?n Kh?e, LP1-0903, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality
The price is SG$73 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 6, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Binh Tay Market and within 3 miles (5 km) of An Dong Market and Dam Sen Water Park. Bui ...

Cozoro 1 ❤️LUXURY apartment 2BR in central of China Town with free Pool & Gym ❤️
Highly Safety Parkson Apartment 3 Bed Rooms, Centre HCMC
Highly Safety Parkson Apartment 3 Bed Rooms, Centre HCMC
126 H?ng Bàng, 21.02A, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality
The price is SG$173 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
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Located in District 5, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City and An Dong Market. Pham ...

Highly Safety Parkson Apartment 3 Bed Rooms, Centre HCMC
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