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Chinatown (Cho Lon) - District 5

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The western part of the city is dominated by Cholon (Chinatown), a thickly settled district rife with teahouses and pagodas and the famous Binh Tay Market.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being born and raised in San Francisco's Chinatown, I found Cho Lon-District 5 to be a welcoming place away from home. I can compare Cho Lon to visiting certain areas of Hong Kong and Taiwan. I sampled two Dim Sum Restaurants in Cho Lon and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nungs65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m an expat loving in China so was interested to see what the Chinatown scene was like here. I was hoping to find some things that I couldn’t find at home and wasn’t disappointed. Be forewarned that there are some places that do not sell...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amylondon222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Large neighbourhood. Walkable, but probably not for young kids as pavements not so good or usually blocked because people have parked their mopeds on the pavement so have to walk in the road. A very busy and old district. Old buildings. Urban grit. Many great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 764sly
Reviewed 4 December 2018

Another busy part od Saigon with tons of traffic and many people. I go there to buy wholesale items for my class. If I could find somewhere that was as cheap and closer I would bother with going.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

Crowded is an understatement, tons of traffic and shopping, but really if you've been to any Chinatown around the world, they're all the same.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Far larger than I expected. Has absolutely EVERYTHING you can imagine from food to fashion. It is in District 5, about a 30min drive from the CBD. Wouldn't rush there really, n though glad to have gone.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 142JanetH
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

A big market that has decently gone through big renovation. It is just reopened. New stores front are clean abd organised. Fabric, snacks, dried seafood, householdwares, clothing, hats and so much more can be found here. A place that can take over your 1 day...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Yee C
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

The lane inside the market is very narrow and the ventilation is very poor. Cramp and dark. The whole place caters for wholesales. I am not sure if they do retail. The weather makes the visit worse. Won't come back again unless I need wholesales...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank OLCmong
Reviewed 4 November 2018

The Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City, this place is not as distinct as others in Southeast Asia. Nonetheless, there are sights that allow a good understanding of Chinese-Vietnamese culture, including many temples, such as the Quan Am Pagoda.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Asperger_Singapore
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Honestly don’t waste your time. It was dirty & smelly! In my opinion you’ve seen one dirty market....you’ve seen them all!!! Not impressed

Date of experience: November 2018
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28 February 2018|
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Response from DasKind | Reviewed this property |
It is a crowded city with lots of going on. Nothing would "wind down" on any day except the New Year day or so.
9 December 2017|
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Response from David B L | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Ngan H | Reviewed this property |
It is worth every minute to spend your time visiting Cholon. The price tend to be cheaper than Ben Thanh Market area.