You don’t need to look very far if you’re want to escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Surrounded by Districts 3, 5, 11, and Tan Binh, District 10 is relatively unexplored by both foreign and Vietnamese tourists. This is why the neighbourhood has retained its local charm and runs at a much slower pace compared to the city centre and surrounding districts.
You’ll also notice that, despite being in a central location, District 10 has much cheaper prices. You won’t have any difficulties finding a place to stay in, for example. Type khách sạn quận 10 or “hotel District 10,” and you’ll get a list of 4-star hotels, apartments, and more accommodation options at affordable rates. The marketplaces here also offer a wide range of goods, from daily needs to souvenirs, at lower prices compared to popular destinations.
Here are some of the best things to do and places to visit for a simple yet relaxing break at District 10.
Le Thi Rieng Cultural Park
Being one of the few open green spaces in District 10, Le Thi Rieng Cultural Park is always full of activity. You can go boating on the lake, play badminton, or bike or rollerblade around the park. There are also regular morning exercises conducted here, while a market crops up at night. What’s impressive about the Le Thi Rieng Cultural Park is that it’s small, but has an impressive number of trees and foliage. Some of these are bottlebrush trees near the lake, as well as tamarind, eucalyptus, and copepods trees. It also has a hodgepodge of park and garden features like a gazebo, animal statues, and bridges that give the place an unaffected, casual vibe.
Le Thi Rieng Cultural Park is also an important piece of history, as it was built upon a mass graveyard from the Vietnam War. Moreover, it was named after Le Thi Rieng, a war hero who hailed from Gia Dinh and was arrested and killed during the Tet Offensive. Her story, some photos, and memorabilia are displayed in a small temple. Inside the park, there is also a relief sculpture of Tran Phy, the first secretary-general of the Indochinese Communist Party.
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Entering Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is like entering a garden. This wholesale market is full of local and exotic blooms like hydrangeas, lilies, sunflowers, tulips, and a wide variety of roses. Many of these flowers are sourced from other countries, as well as from Da Lat and the Mekong Delta. Ho Thi Ky Flower Market also has a Cambodian market, located just a little further inside. Here you can shop for Cambodian products like traditional clothes and accessories and even food and culinary ingredients. Meanwhile, 86 Ho Thi Ky serves excellent hu tieu for breakfast.
FITO Museums or Bao tang Y hoc Co truyen Viet Nam are dedicated to ancient and traditional Vietnamese medicine, dating as far back to the Stone Age. There are over 3,000 items on display, including herbs used in making the medicines and tools like knives, pots, and glass jars. There’s also a showcase of items that you can find in traditional pharmacies, like brass scales, teapots, and ceramic bowls. Finally, there is a mini library with books and documents that cover topics on traditional Vietnamese medicinal and pharmaceutical practices. As a souvenir, you can wear an ao dai and take a photo behind medicine counter that’s designed to look like an old Vietnamese pharmacy.
An Quang Pagoda
District 10 has quite a few temples and pagodas, but none is perhaps more popular than An Quang Pagoda. Located in Master Van Hanh Street, the An Quang Pagoda is an important meeting place for Vietnamese Buddhist leaders. This is also where the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam is headquartered and the place where modern Vietnamese Buddhism is continuously studied and developed. Moreover, the pagoda is home to the Institute for Dharma Propagation and is where monks and nuns receive their Dharma training.
Other temples and pagodas you can visit in District 10 include the Chi Hoa Temple, Giac Minh Pagoda, Hung Long Pagoda, and Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda.
White Rabbit Amusement Park
If you’re looking for some good old amusement park fun for the whole family, you can visit White Rabbit Amusement Park. The outdoor area is where you can find exciting rides like roller coasters, as well as traditional folk games, and rides and play areas for younger children. Indoors, you can find a flashy modern game room with hundreds of machines. You can also have a unique cinema experience with the 6D theatre, featuring a 180-degree screen.
Being an “unpopular” destination is truly what works in favour of District 10. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation in Ho Chi Minh City without having to go to a far-off location, this is certainly one of the best places to visit.